Events

Please check this page periodically for workshops and programs that we will schedule throughout the year. These programs may also include activities that our Partners within the Barnegat Bay Partnership are conducting. The location, time and fees (if applicable) will be included.

Poster Contest offers Cash Prizes for Kids and a Garden for their School!
"Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper" is this year's theme for our annual Poster Contest. One Grand Champion Winner will receive a $50 cash prize and an array of native plants and shrubs valued at $200 for a school garden. Open to children in grades 2-12. Entry deadline for Ocean County is February 28. Link to OCSCD's website for additional contest details, or contact Becky Laboy (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, education@soildistrict.org

Jersey-Friendly Yards Tutorial
Want a beautiful yard that requires less maintenance and helps your local waterways? Come learn about "Jersey-Friendly" gardening with native plants, from professionals Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, OCSCD, and Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator, BBP, who are already making a difference in your watershed.

Hosted by: New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program and Tuckerton's Environmental Commission.
Free to the public!
RSVP: watershed@marine.rutgers.edu or call 609-812-0649 ext. 214
Location: Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Education Center, 130 Great Bay Blvd,Tuckerton, NJ
Time: March 5, 6:00-7:30pm

30th Annual Pinelands Short Course
A day long event featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology and culture of the Pinelands. OCSCD in collaboration with the Barnegat Bay Partnership, are presenting "Attracting Birds to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard". Your yard is part of the wider landscape, and it can be a haven for native Pinelands plants and the birds that depend on them. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to search for plants that will thrive in your landscape and make a positive contribution to the Pinelands ecosystem.

Register here
Registration deadline: March 1
Questions regarding registration: 609-652-4227
Questions regarding Course Content: 609-894-7300 ext. 125
Cost: $50 Adult, $45 Senior, $45 Student
Saturday, March 9, at Stockton University

Master Naturalist Program
Do you enjoy learning about the plants, animals, ecology, and traditions of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed? Do you like sharing what you've learned with others? Then consider becoming a Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist! The Barnegat Bay Partnership, through the Ocean County College Continuing Professional Education Department, offers a program to train Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalists (BBVMNs). Participants learn not only about the natural resources of the estuary, but also about the latest scientific research and the challenges ahead. The program includes training in the skills volunteers need to help educate others about the bay and about good stewardship of its valuable resources. This certificate program is based on a national model. The BBVMN training course, offered through Ocean County College, consists of both classroom and field-based learning experiences about a wide range of natural resource and wildlife topics specific to the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.
For more information please visit the Master Naturalist Program page. April 3, 2019 through May 22, 2019

Monmouth County Master Gardeners' 5th Annual School Garden Conference
OCSCD, in collaboration with BBP, will be presenting at Monmouth County Master Gardeners' 5th Annual School Garden Conference. Registration and breakfast from 8:00-8:40am, programs begin at 8:45am.
Register online
For more information, visit Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County.

Cost: $25 includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch
Friday, April 5, from 8:00am-2:30pm at Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold

22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
Register now for the 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable. Join OCSCD on Wednesday, April 17 for their signature event. Doors open at 3:00pm. Choose from an array of workshops that will model lessons and offer support for teachers focused on this year's theme: "Changing Climate, Changing Watershed". Learn more about sea level rise from our Keynote speaker, Lisa Auermuller, Assistant Director of JC NERR. Light dinner and dessert will be served. $25 per person. Link to OCSCD's website for additional Roundtable details, call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or contact Becky Laboy at education@soildistrict.org.

Lake Carasaljo Beautification Day
Volunteer to help clean up Lake Carasaljo with Georgian Court University and the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority. More Details to come. April 28, 2019 at Lake Carasaljo Park, Lakewood, NJ

Jersey-Friendly Yards: Landscaping for a Healthier Barnegat Bay
OCSCD and the Barnegat Bay Partnership are teaming-up to present "Jersey-Friendly Yards: Landscaping for a Healthier Barnegat Bay". What we do in our yards has a direct impact on our health, and the health of the Barnegat Bay. Learn how to create a beautiful, low maintenance, bay-friendly landscape using www.JerseyYards.org. Get inspired by examples of successful Jersey-Friendly gardens!
Thursday, May 2 at 2:00pm at the Brick Township Branch of the Ocean County Library

Join the 2019 "Envirothon" - an Environmental Competition for High School Students
On May 11, teams of 5 students will convene for a day-long problem-solving competition focused on environmental topics including aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and more. Teams can be representatives of their high school, a faith-based organization, scout troop, or other organized group. An optional training session is offered prior to competition day. The winning NJ team moves on to the national competition. For additional details, or to register your team, click below or call (609) 633-2549, or email Rich Belcher, Envirothon Coordinator: Richard.Belcher@ag.nj.gov
New Jersey Envirothon

National Trails Day Service Project
June 1st is National Trails Day! Volunteer your time to the Plant Discovery Trail at Jakes Branch County Park. Pitch-in by planting, mulching, installing fence and a host of other tasks to get the Jersey-Friendly gardens along the trail in tiptop shape! Bring your garden gloves and be prepared to "dig-in"!
Please call 732-281-2750 to register. Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-12:00 at Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood