LEARN ABOUT BIRDS, BUGS, COOKING, FROGS, ESSENTIAL OILS, GARDENING, HIKING, MEDITATION, NATURE, 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 June 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 June are as follows:

"Tuesday Afternoon Yoga with Meditation" is for adults. The focus of this class is on the many benefits of long-held, seated poses. Participants will lengthen tissues that connect, wrap and interweave muscles, helping to increase their range of motion and free up areas of limitation. They will cultivate a meditative state in each pose, as well as sit for a meditation at the end of class. All levels are welcome. Cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Tuesday Afternoon Yoga with Meditation will be held as follows:

Dates:Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2015

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Chair Yoga Series" is for adults. Whether you are new to yoga, are an older adult, or know and love yoga but can no longer get up and down from the floor easily, chair yoga may be for you. All poses are done seated or standing next to a chair. Breathing will guide participants through class that will end with a relaxing meditation. All levels welcome. Dress comfortably. Cost is $36 for the month; $28 for those 65 and older. Advance registration and monthly pre-payment required. For information, call 973-228-8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants is required. Chair Yoga Series will be held as follows:

Date: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2015

Time: 3 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Thursday Evening Yoga" is 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. All levels are welcome. Cost is $40. Advance registration and monthly payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants is required. Thursday Evening Yoga will be held as follows:

Date: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Friday Morning Yoga" is 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. Participate weekly or for just one class. Cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Friday Morning Yoga will be held as follows:

Dates:Fridays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Little Sprouts Spring Gardening Club" is for children ages 3½ to 5 years old. With a few seeds, some water, soil and light, students will be growing plants in no time. Each week, the children discover the magic of nature, the source of the food supply, and foods that are healthy. Cost is $10 per session/per child. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Little Sprouts Spring Gardening Club will meet as follows:

Dates: Fridays, June 5 & 12, 2015

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Wellness Workshop with Essential Oils" is for adults. Participants will learn how essential oils, including Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree and Peppermint, can enhance a home medicine cabinet. This beginner class will discuss important safety tips and how best to start incorporating essential oils in wellness solutions. Cost is $10 per adult. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Wellness Workshop with Essential Oils will be held as follows:

Dates and Times: Saturday, June 6, 2015; 12 Noon

OR Thursday, June 18, 2015; 6 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"4-H Young Gardeners Club" is for children in grades 1 through 10. Have you ever wondered how vegetables and flowers grow? Where spaghetti sauce comes from? How you can find a rainbow in a garden? Join the 4-H Young Gardener's Club to find the answers to these questions and more. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration required. For information, call 973-353-1337. The 4-H Young Gardener's Club will meet as follows:

Dates:Tuesdays, June 9 & 23, 2015

Time: 4 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

Garibaldi Hall

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Essex County South Mountain Reservation Wildflower Walk" will take hikers on a guided nature walk with a naturalist within the wildflower preserve. Participants will identify different plants and discuss their ecological benefits and traditional use as food, medicine and craft. Meet at the dog park entrance on Crest Drive in South Orange. Cost is $10 per adult and $8 per child. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Wildflower Walk will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: Essex County South Mountain Reservation

Crest Drive

South Orange, NJ

"Birding Hike in Greenwood Gardens" is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Hikers will tour Greenwood Gardens in search of summer residents and explore several habitats including hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows. Cost is $10 for NJA and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 for non-members. Registration with Greenwood Gardens is required; please register online at www.greenwoodgardens.org or call 973-258-4026. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Time: 8 a.m.

Place: Greenwood Gardens

274 Old Short Hills Road

Short Hills, NJ

"Birding Hike in Essex County Hatfield Swamp" is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Hikers will search for breeding birds in the wetland meadows and forests of this largely intact Essex County reservation. Footing could be wet or muddy, depending on the weather. Meet in front of Stop & Shop in West Caldwell and carpool to the reservation. Cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

Date:Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site:Stop & Shop

875 Bloomfield Avenue

West Caldwell, NJ

"Horticulture for Seniors" is a specially designed class for senior citizens that is presented by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County. This month's topic is Plant a Plant and Watch it Grow. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. This is a free program. Advance registration is required one week prior to program. For information, call 973-379-5488 or 973-731-0717. Horticulture for Seniors will be held as follows:

Date:Monday, June 15, 2015

Time: 1 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

Garibaldi Hall

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Little Explorers Summer Nature Stroll" is for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Students will stroll through the wooded wetland and explore the wonders of the season. Classes will be held rain or shine. Cost is $9 per child. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For more information, call 973-228-8776. Little Explorers Summer Nature Stroll will be held as follows:

Date:Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time: 10 a.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Birding Hike in Essex County Branch Brook Park" is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Celebrate the summer solstice with a hike through this historic urban gem that features varied park scenes and holds a surprising variety of birdlife, from forest birds to ducks and herons. Meet at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. 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, June 18, 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Place: Essex County Branch Brook Park

Cherry Blossom Welcome Center

Mill Street

Belleville, NJ

"Little Explorers Summer Series" is for children ages 4 to 6 years old. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities held in the summer forest. Classes will be held rain or shine, so be dressed for a romp in the woods. Cost is $9 per child/per class. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Little Explorers Summer Series will be held as follows:

Dates:Thursdays, June 18 & 25, 2015

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Wilderness Skills Summer Camp" is for children in grades 5 to 9. Traditional Earth Skills Instructor Mike Dennis will present two weeks of outdoor skills building. During week one, students will take a traditional approach and, during week two, a modern approach. They will identify plants, learn to track animals, create fire, go canoeing, make moccasins and natural rope, build shelters and more. Cost is $175 per child per week. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Wilderness Skills Summer Camp will be held as follows:

Dates:Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25, 2015

Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2, 2015

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"New Jersey Woodturners" is for adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association. Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per adult and free for NJWA members. For information, call 973-228-8776. New Jersey Woodturners will meet as follows:

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015

Time:7 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

Garibaldi Hall

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Indoor Kitchen Gardening, Year Round" is for adults. Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners will present a class to teach the possibilities of harvesting in all four seasons. This is ideal for the urban and/or apartment dweller or for those without gardening space. Create a four season garden at home to supplement supermarket trips. The goal of the class is to keep it simple with a plan and guidelines for one crop each season. Learn what equipment will be needed and how to get started. Cost is $10 per adult. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Indoor Kitchen Gardening Year Round will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

"Bike Right – Adult Learn to Ride" is for adults. Do you regret not learning how to ride a bike? TransOptions' Bike Right® coaches will help participants to learn to ride on two wheels in no time. Bikers will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer as well as adjust a helmet for the proper fit, all in this easy, safe, and fun course. Class includes a free helmet for each participant. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per adult. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Bike Right – Adult Learn to Ride will be held as follows:

Date:Saturday, June 27, 2015

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

Garibaldi Hall

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

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.