LEARN ABOUT HIKING, NATURE, BIRDS, CRAFTS, INSECTS,

GARDENING, BUTTERFLIES, YOGA AND MORE

AT THE ESSEX COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Invites Children and Families
to Expand their Understanding and Appreciation of the Environment

Essex County, NJ – A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of July that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center where they can enjoy an enriching recreational experience through nature and conservation activities.

“Our Environmental Center has become the premiere location for environmental education and nature appreciation. With the help of our partner groups, our dynamic schedule of events and activities will captivate all ages,” DiVincenzo said. “Walk in our woods, discover habitats, get pointers on gardening, learn about nature photography and much more. It’s all about nature and it’s all at our Environmental Center,” he added.

Events scheduled for July are as follows:

“Summer Camp” is for children in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. Enjoy exploring and discovering woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape life and much more. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. Fees apply. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Summer Camp will be held as follows:

Ages:    Grades Pre K and Kindergarten
Dates:   Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 11
Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18
Times: 1 to 4 p.m.

Ages:   Grades 1 and 2
Dates:  Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25
Monday, July 28 to Friday, August 1
Times: 1 to 5 p.m.

Ages:   Grades 3 and 4
Dates:  Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 8
Monday, August 11 to Friday, August 15
Times: 1 to 5 p.m.

Place:   Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Thursday Evening Yoga” is geared for adults. This all-levels yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Cost is $30. Advance registration and monthly payment is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. No refunds will be given for missed classes. Thursday Evening Yoga is scheduled as follows:

Dates: Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2014             
Time:   6:15 p.m.          
Place:  Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Friday Morning Yoga” is geared for adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Join for the series or just one class. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Cost is $10 per class.  Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Friday Morning Yoga is scheduled as follows:

Dates:  Fridays, July 11, 18 & 25, 2014             
Time:    9:30 a.m.            
Place:   Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is for children ages 3½ to 5. Take a walk to a blanket in the grass and read the Very Hungry Caterpillar, search the Environmental Center gardens for these growing babies, and paint and create a caterpillar craft. This program includes entry into the live butterfly tent. Cost is $7 per child. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Times:10 a.m. OR 12 noon
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Essential Oils for Health and First Aid” is for adults. Ever wonder if the products sold in drug stores — cough syrup, bug spray and antiseptics — might be doing more harm than good? In this workshop, participants will search out natural and effective alternatives for treating family health issues and injuries. This introductory class will start a path of discovery to regain control of your own family's wellness! Cost is $8 per person. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Essential Oils will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Time: 12 Noon
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Butterfly Tent Safari” is for all ages. Flutter on over and visit the live butterfly tent. All are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities. A $2 per person donation to the Essex County Parks Foundation is suggested. For information, call 973-228-8776. Butterfly Tent Safari will be held as follows:

Dates: Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 25, 2014
Times: 12 Noon to 3pm
Place:  Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“4-H Young Gardeners Club” is for children in grades 1 through 9. Ever wonder how vegetables and flowers grow? Where spaghetti sauce comes from? How to find a rainbow in a garden? Join the Young Gardener's 4-H Club to find the answers to these questions and more. Learning and fun happen all the time here. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1338, Ext. 103. 4-H Young Gardeners Club will be held as follows:

Dates: Tuesdays, July 15, 22 & 29, 2014
Time:   10 a.m.
Place:  Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Summer Nature Stroll” is for children ages 2-6. Participants will stroll through the wooded wetland and explore the wonders of the season. Please wear walking shoes or sneakers. Classes are held rain or shine unless there are thunderstorms or heavy downpours. . Cost is $7 per child per session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Summer Nature Stroll will be held as follows:

Ages:   2 to 3 year olds
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10 a.m.

Ages:   4 to 6 year olds
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10 a.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Buzz into Action with Insect Education” is for children ages 5 and older. This hands-on presentation about bugs and butterflies is for children who love insects. It includes entry into the live butterfly tent. Cost is $7 per child and $9 per adult. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Buzz into Action with Insect Education will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Times:10 a.m. OR 12 noon 
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Birding Hike in Essex County Brookdale Park” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Tour the Rose Garden and search for late summer birds and perhaps hummingbirds. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the soccer/football grandstands near the entrance on Bellevue Avenue. This is a free event. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Brookdale Park
Bellevue Avenue
Bloomfield/Montclair, NJ

“Birding Hike in Essex County Hilltop Reservation” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. This is a great time to view nesting birds, such as Indigo bunting and House wren. Participants also will explore the restored meadow habitat for Blue birds, butterflies and other insects. Meet at Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane, North Caldwell. This is a free event. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.
Meeting Site: Essex County Hilltop Reservation
Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane
North Caldwell, NJ

“Butterfly Gardening Workshop” is for adults and children ages 8 and older. Learn to garden for butterflies with Jean Greely, an Essex County Rutgers Master Gardener and butterfly enthusiast. The presentation and discussion will be followed by a planting of butterfly host and nectar plants within the gardens. This program includes a few minutes in the live butterfly tent. Cost is $7 per child and $9 per adult. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. The Butterfly Gardening Workshop will be held as followed:

Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Times:12 Noon 
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Essex County’s Bonanza of Butterflies,”a photography exhibit by Janet Markman, will be on display at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of June.It is open to the public Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration is required for all programs at the Essex County Environmental Center, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, please call 973-228-8776.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.