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.

Exploring the JC NERR and Great Bay, Mullica River Estuary September 10, 10:00am to 5:00pm - The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) is one of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation's estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship. In this presentation by Kaitlin Gannon, the Education Coordinator of JC NERR, we will discuss the variety of terrestrial, wetland and aquatic habitats within the Reserve as well as current research, education, and stewardship efforts. We will also touch on how we've adapted our programing during COVID-19. This webinar will be livestreamed on the Pinelands Commission's YouTube channel, where the archived video will be posted for later viewing.
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.

Winterizing Your Home for Maximum Energy Efficiency September 14, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. Winter months are often an energy consumption and budget strain. There are lots of reasons why our energy usage and bills can be higher during the winter season. Join us for this presentation to learn how you can prep your home to maximize your energy efficiency. Michele Calabrese is the Outreach Account Manager with New Jersey's Clean Energy Program and will teach NJ homeowners how to winterize their home to save energy, money and the environment. Click here to register

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.

Who Really Discovered America September 17, 10:00am to 5:00pm - Dr. Brian Regal, Associate Professor for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at Kean University, presents this talk examining the various legends about who really discovered America (besides Native Americans, of course). Non-Columbian legends including the visitations of Vikings, Welsh, Portuguese, Chinese, African, and others will be discussed by analyzing original primary sources and documents, as well as the political and religious inspirations for them. This webinar will be livestreamed on the Pinelands Commission's YouTube channel, where the archived video will be posted for later viewing.

Collecting Native Seeds: Sow Much to Know! September 21, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. How do you get started incorporating native plants into your yard? One easy way is to collect native seeds and overwinter them to start your own plants. Join Angela Monaghan, Rutgers Master Gardener Coordinator for Middlesex County to learn the ins and outs of native seed collection and sowing seeds for next year's garden. Click here to register

What's in a Name? Names from Nature September 24, 10:00am to 5:00pm - Andrew Anderson, a historian at the NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry, presents this Discovering Barnegat Bay activity! The cold, clear waters of Cedar Creek once provided raw material and power for two Pinelands industries at the uniquely named hamlet of Double Trouble. Utilizing colonial era survey maps, historic pictures and the "What's in a Name? Names from Nature" section of the Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Steering Committee's Discovering Barnegat Bay guide, we'll see how names of waterways and land in the Barnegat Bay Watershed give perspective to how settlers viewed or utilized the resources of this area. This webinar will be livestreamed on the Pinelands Commission's YouTube channel, where the archived video will be posted for later viewing.

Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop September 27, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - presented by Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority and NJDEP. Registered participants will be supplied with a free Rain Barrel Kit that includes one 55 Gallon Barrel with openings cut out and all hardware to make a rain barrel for their home. These kits will be available at the New Jersey Tree Nursery, 370 East Veterans Highway (Route 528), Jackson, NJ, the day of the webinar.
Class size is limited, so register early to ensure a space. Please email Shari Kondrup at skondrup@brickmua.com to register and for more information.

Fall Lawn Care the Earthwise Way September 28, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. Fall is a critical time to reinvigorate your lawn the environmentally friendly way. Fertilizing, overseeding, and top dressing with compost are all best done in the fall when weeds are going dormant. Learn how to reap the benefits of fall lawn care with Bill Hlubik, Professor and Agriculture Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County. Click here to register

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.

RU Wildlife Wise: Defensive Driving to Avoid Wildlife October 5, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. Caution animal crossing! Drivers in New Jersey are all too familiar with the interaction between vehicles and wildlife. Come learn the ecology of wildlife in relation to roads and how to avoid being part of the national and state statistics on wildlife-vehicle collisions with Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate with the Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program. Click here to register

What's An Energy Audit And Do you Need One? October 13, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. Many homes use more energy than they actually need. The solution is a home energy efficiency assessment (aka audit). An energy efficiency assessment does more than help you save energy-it increases your personal comfort, makes your home healthier/safer and increases the value of your home. Join Sandi Eisner, the Outreach Account Manager with New Jersey's Clean Energy Program to learn the what, how and why of a home energy efficiency assessment as well as how to save energy and money. Click here to register

Ten Ways to Adapt to Coastal Flooding October 19, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. Government agencies and other organizations are helping coastal communities prepare for sea-level rise and adapt to increased flooding. Learn about these initiatives and 10 steps residents can take to prepare their homes and help increase their communities' resilience to flooding and climate change with Vanessa Dornisch, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Click here to register

RU Wildlife Wise: Demystifying Iconic Halloween Animals October 26, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. Halloween is known for wildlife that many find scary, such as bats, ravens, snakes, and others. How and why did these animals become associated with Halloween? Join us to learn some tricks on managing issues these animals may cause at home and treat yourself to some cool, fun facts about these misunderstood holiday creatures with Evan Drake, PhD candidate with the Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program. Click here to register

Basics of Recycling November 2, 6:30pm to 7:30pm - presented as part of the Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station "Earth Day Every Day" Webinar Series. Despite what you may have heard about changing global markets and challenges to the recycling industry, recycling remains as one of the easiest ways individuals can make a difference that benefits the environment. While recycling specifics vary depending on where you live, we'll talk about the universal recycling truths; dispelling myths and shining a light on what actually happens when your recyclables leave the curb with Amy Cook-Menzel, the Communications Manager with the Atlantic County Utility Authority. Click here to register