LEARN ABOUT HIKING, NATURE, BIRDS, BUGS, CRAFTS,

COOKING, GARDENING, EARTH DAY, 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 April 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 April are as follows:

“Thursday Evening Yoga Series” 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 $40. 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, April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2014 
Time: 6:15 p.m. 
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
  621B Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“Introduction to Organic Landscaping” is for adults. Considering transitioning your landscaping practices from traditional to organic? Don’t know how to get started? Rutgers Cooperative Extension staff will introduce the basics of organic landscaping and help get the ball rolling. Handouts include fact sheets, homeowner checklists, and product substitution guides. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $15 per person. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Introduction to Organic Landscaping will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
  621A 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, April 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2014 
Time:  9:30 a.m.   
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Birding Hike in Essex County Verona Park” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Take an easy walk around the pond looking for signs of early spring migrants. Meet at the boathouse near the paddle boat rental area in Essex County Verona Park, Bloomfield and Lakeside Avenues, Verona. 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, April 5, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place:  Essex County Verona Park
Intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue
Verona, NJ

“Live Raptor Program” is for ages 4 and up. Presented by the Tenafly Nature Center, this program will enable participants to observe several live raptors up close and learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old. Cost is $7 per child and $9 per adult. Advance registration and payment are required by April 2nd. For information, call 973-228-8776. Live Raptor Program will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday April 5, 2014 
Times: 11 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.  
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
  621B Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“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 the muscles, helping to increase range of motion and free up areas of limitation. All levels are welcome. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Tuesday Afternoon Yoga with Meditation will be held as follows:

Dates: Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Bug Club” is for children ages 6 to 10. The Bug Club is devoted to young people who want to explore the wonders of insects through field walks, games, stories and crafts. This club meets year-round. Cost is $7 per child per session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Bug Club will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“4-H Environmental Kids Club” is for children in grades K through 8. The environment is filled with things that are big and small, that surprise and help us. Once a month, participants will see how much fun it is to learn about the world. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1338. 4-H Environmental Kids Club will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Class” is for adults and children ages 11 and up. Petrusia Kotlar Paslawsky will teach the ancient art of ‘Pysanky’ – Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating – a beautiful Easter tradition and ancient batik method art form. The eggs are decorated with rich colors and symbols. Legend has it that the more the eggs are decorated, the more good happens in the world. Participants will create their own beautiful egg to take home. Cost is $25 per person (includes stylus, beeswax, dyes and instruction). Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Class will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 
Time: 6:30 p.m.  
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
  621B Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“Little Explorers Spring Nature Program” is for young children ages 2 to 5. This child-caregiver class uses stories, walks and crafts to develop an awareness and appreciation for science and nature for the child as well as the caregiver. Each week, a different nature or science topic is covered. The program will be held rain or shine. Cost is $7 per child/session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Little Explorers Spring Nature Program will be held as follows:

Ages: 4 and 5 year olds
Dates & Times: Wednesdays, April 9, 16 & 30, 1:30 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Build Your Own Rain Barrel” is for adults. Come to this workshop to learn how to build your own rain barrel from a 55-gallon plastic drum. During the rain barrel informational session, Rutgers Cooperative Extension staff will teach how to build and install a rain barrel at your home, as well as water conservation tips. After the information lecture session, there will be a hands-on rain barrel assembly. All tools and equipment are supplied for the assembly. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $60 per rain barrel. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Build Your Own Rain Barrel will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 
Time: 6:30 p.m.  
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
  621A Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“Birding Hike in Essex County South Mountain Reservation” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Participants will hike several trails in search of early signs of spring. Target species include early spring migrants and the last of the winter sparrows. Hikers will carpool from the Turtle Back Zoo parking lot to various locations within the park. 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, April 12, 2014
Time: 8 a.m.
Place:  Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
 Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ

“4-H Lego Club” is for children in grades 3 through 6. Members will use their imaginations to build animals, castles, and more with other children who are interested in Legos. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1338, Ext. 109. 4-H Lego Club will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Spring Camp” is for children in grades 2 through 5. Restore the bond between children and nature! Children will have the opportunity to explore nature at the Essex County Environmental Center. Advance registration is required. For more information, please call 973.228.8776. Spring Camp will be held as follows:

Dates: Tuesday, April 15 to Thursday, April 17, 2014 
Times: 12:30 to 4:30 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 8. 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:

 Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Make a Stepping Stone for Your Garden or Walkway” is for children in grades Pre-K through 2. Homemade stepping stones are a great way to personalize a garden or walkway. Use your imagination and create a one-of-a-kind decoration. Cost is $9 per child (includes a $2 materials fee). Advance registration is required by April 16th. For information, call 973-228-8776. Make a Stepping Stone for Your Garden or Walkway will be held as follows:

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014 
Time: 10:30 a.m.  
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
  621B Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“Container Gardening” is for adults. Discover the city dweller's answer to the big backyard gardens of yesteryear. Containers aren't just round and made from clay or plastic – explore the options. Rutgers Master Gardeners will explain how to select and raise a wide variety of plants in containers. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $9 per adult. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Container Gardening will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014 
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
  621A Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“Wild Foraging for Food and Medicine” is for adults. Join Dan Farella for an insightful walk around the land and learn to identify many plants revered in the herbal traditions for healing ailments, as well as how to forage for nutritious wild food directly from the land. Participants will sample wild plant wonders from nature and focus on methods to use and prepare them. Gain the skills and confidence necessary to utilize the countless organic, fresh, local and free plant resources that nature continually provides. Bring a camera and notebook for journaling. Cost is $30 per person. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Wild Foraging for Food and Medicine will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014 
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
  621B Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“Horticulture for Seniors” is for senior citizens. The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County present this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. This month’s topic is Spring is in the Air. 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, April 21, 2014 
Time:  1 p.m.   
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Birding Hike in Troy Meadows” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. The combination of forest and meadow habitat makes for spectacular views of middle-spring migrants that will be passing through. Footing may be wet. Participants will carpool to the trail head. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. 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: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Meeting Site:   Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Earth Day” will be celebrated at the Essex County Environmental Center on Saturday, April 26th. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this annual outdoor Earth festival. On this special day, celebrate nature with crafts, games, and recreational opportunities, such as canoeing and hiking. Enjoy demonstrations, information, a local eco-vendors’ sale, with Environmental Center staff and partner groups on hand to guide visitors throughout the day. This is a free event but items will be for sale. Earth Day will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
  621B Eagle Rock Avenue
  Roseland, NJ

“Kids in the Kitchen Club” is for children ages 8 to 12. This club will transform a child’s interest in cooking into new skills. Participants will have fun making an array of foods, one new item per club meeting. All food will be prepared with healthy and tasty goals in mind. Some examples are pizza, cookies, kale chips, fresh apple sauce, and more. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per child per session (material fees included). Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Kids in the Kitchen Club will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Nature Stroll” is for children ages 6 and 7. Explore the changes in the wetland forest during spring. This class requires a minimum of five participants to run. Cost is $7 per child per session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Nature Stroll will be held as follows:

Dates: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B 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.

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