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.

If You Plant It, They Will Come July 21, 7:00pm to 8:00pm Butterflies, pollinators, birds, and other wildlife rely on native plants to survive. Dr. Randi Eckel will discuss the importance of supporting our native wildlife within our gardens, show examples of some creatures that rely upon specific plants, and discuss the complexities of attracting rare wildlife (rare butterflies, for example) to our gardens.
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Presenter: Dr. Randi Eckel, owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm.

Combating Climate Change with a Jersey-Friendly Yard July 23, 10:00 to 11:00am Hosted by the Pinelands Commission - As climate change manifests across the planet you may be experiencing gardening challenges in your own backyard. Becky Laboy, OCSCD's Education Outreach Specialist, and Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator for Barnegat Bay Partnership, will show you how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website, tools and resources to select appropriate plants for your sandy soil, turn your yard into a sponge and provide habitat for wildlife. This is part of the NJ Pinelands Commission's weekly Pinelands Speaker Series. Watch "live" via the Pinelands Commission's YouTube page. For questions, contact Paul Leakan, info@pinelands.nj.gov

Ask a Barnegat Bay Scientist: Tuckerton Oyster Reef July 28, 7:00 to 8:00pm For the past four years, Stockton University has worked with the Barnegat Bay Partnership, Jetty Rock Foundation, Long Beach Township and Parson's Mariculture to plant oysters on the Tuckerton Reef, a four-acre site in lower Barnegat Bay. Dr. Christine Thompson, an Assistant Professor of Marine Science at Stockton, will speak about this valuable habitat and how this project plants oysters on the bay bottom and monitors their success and habitat for other species.

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His Majesty's Infernal Nuisance: The Colonial Privateers of the Mullica July 30, 10:00am to 11:00am Hosted by the Pinelands Commission -Tony McNichol, a Cultural Resource Planner for the Pinelands Commission, will discuss the critical role of privateering in the New Jersey colony prior to and during the Revolutionary War. Particular attention will be given to the patriot financiers and captains who defiantly established their homes and guerilla bases in the torturous bends of the Mullica River. This is part of the NJ Pinelands Commission's weekly Pinelands Speaker Series. Watch "live" via the Pinelands Commission's YouTube page. For questions, contact Paul Leakan, info@pinelands.nj.gov

The Buzz with Bees: Native and Managed Pollinators August 4, 7:00pm to 8:00pm Learn about the biology, ecology and habitat of native and managed bees in New Jersey and what you can do in your yard to support them.
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Presenter: Mike Haberland, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Associate Professor/County Agent- Burlington/ Camden Counties.

Secrets of Low Maintenance Landscaping August 7, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Join us in learning tips for a low maintenance garden which include plant selection and care. Find out where they flourish best in your yard based on their moisture and sunlight needs, and the right way to mulch keeping your plants happy with Dr. S. Ann Earon, Rutgers Master Gardener of Ocean County. This event is free and will be held digitally.
To register, please email Shari Kondrup at skondrup@brickmua.com.

Ask a Barnegat Bay Scientist: Fisheries in Barnegat Bay August 11, 7:00 to 8:00pm The recreational and commercial fisheries in Barnegat Bay harvest many different finfish and shellfish species, which all have their unique biological characteristics and differing fisheries management plans. This talk by Dr. Douglas Zemeckis will provide an overview of the biology, assessment, and management of the most popular species caught in Barnegat Bay fisheries, such as summer flounder, striped bass, bluefish, hard clams, and blue crabs. Dr. Zemeckis works as the Marine Extension Agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension serving Ocean, Atlantic, and Monmouth Counties with a focus on fisheries, aquaculture, and coastal resource management.

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Plant This, Not That: Deer-Resistant Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants August 18, 7:00pm to 8:00pm The NJ Invasive Species Strike Team is known for its work in eradicating invasive species for the protection of native plants and wildlife. Dr. Mike Van Clef will discuss the impacts of invasive species in natural areas, ways to identify and control them at your home, and native alternatives. He will also cover how to select deer-resistant native plants and develop creative ways to protect any native plant from marauding deer.
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Presenter: Dr. Mike Van Clef, Director, NJ Invasive Species Strike Team & Stewardship Director of Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space.

Ask a Barnegat Bay Scientist: The Turtle Truth About Barnegat Bay's Diamondback Terrapins August 25, 7:00 to 8:00pm Dr.John Wnek will discuss 19 years of diamondback terrapin research and conservation on Barnegat Bay and ways people can help with terrapin conservation and citizen science activities. He will also talk about habitat enhancement initiatives and the Turtle Gardens program, and share the research plan for other areas along Barnegat Bay. It will be a turtley informational and enjoyable program.

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Attracting Birds to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard September 1, 7:00pm to 8:00pm Native plants are the key to attracting birds to your yard. They provide the habitat, food, shelter and nesting places that birds need to survive. By creating a landscape of beautiful plants that are compatible with our native soils, you can make your yard a low-maintenance, chemical-free oasis for the birds!
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Presenter: Becky Laboy, Education Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District.

Fall Putting Your Garden to Sleep September 10, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Learn how to put your garden to bed for the late fall and winter with Dr. S. Ann Earon, Rutgers Master Gardener of Ocean County. Dr. Ann will provide tips on the advantages of deadheading, taking cuttings, dividing and collecting seeds from your flowering plants. She'll also cover ways to fill those bare spots in the garden, how to protect vulnerable plants and prepare container gardens for those chilly months. This event is free and will be held digitally.
To register, please email Shari Kondrup at skondrup@brickmua.com.

Wild About Composting September 15, 7:00pm to 8:00pm Compost and leaves are great resources for gardeners and provide an excellent source of food and shelter for animals. Sandra Blain-Snow will discuss how to invite a host of animals, birds and beneficial insects into your yard by recycling organic materials. Stop bagging leaves and taking them to the curb and start building a wildlife sanctuary in your Jersey Friendly Yard.
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Presenter: Sandra Blain-Snow, Recycling Program Aide, Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management.

How and When to Clean Up the Winter Wildlife Garden September 29, 7:00pm to 8:00pm From the perspective of a life-long naturalist intimate with the workings of the natural world, Pat Sutton will share countless common-sense garden maintenance techniques that will help property owners avoid common practices that actually harm rather than benefit wildlife.
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Presenter: Pat Sutton, Educator and Naturalist, Pat Sutton's Wildlife Garden.