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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2013

LEARN ABOUT HIKING, GARDENING, NATURE, BIRDS, BUGS,

PHOTOGRAPHY, CRAFTS, COOKING, YOGA, WOODTURNING 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 August 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 August 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 $10 for the July class. 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: Thursday, August 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2013
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Adult Wilderness Skills Camp” is for adults and children ages 16 and older. Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills will lead a series of workshops about native Lenape life skills. Sessions will include a fire by friction workshop, canoeing the Passaic River, moccasin making and shelter building. This will be a fun, hands-on program for outdoor enthusiasts, scout leaders, or anyone looking to connect more with local history. Attend one class or all four. Cost is $25 per person per class or $90 for the series. Advance registration and payment is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Adult Wilderness Skills Camp will be held as follows:

Dates: Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2013
Time: 6:45 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, August 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Bike Right – Defensive Bike Skills Training” is for adults and children ages 14 and up. Would you like to improve your biking skills and learn how to share the road? TransOptions’ bike coaches will train bike riders and beginner bike riders to Bike Right! In a hands-on training course, bikers will learn skills such as traffic navigation, crash avoidance, NJ bike laws, route planning, flat tire repair, proper gearing and more. Participants will also be given a bike rider’s student manual as well as free Bike Right merchandise. For the Saturday session, please bring a helmet and a bike in good working order. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $9 per person. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Bike Right – Defensive Bike Skills Training will be held as follows:

Dates & Times: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“4-H Young Gardeners Club” is for children in grades 1 through 8. Have you ever wondered how vegetables and flowers grow? Where spaghetti sauce comes from? How you can find a rainbow in a garden? Come join the Young Gardener's 4-H Club to find the answers to these questions and more. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, please call 973-353-1338, Ext. 103. 4-H Young Gardeners Club will be held as follows:

Dates: Tuesdays, August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Meditation Series for Beginners” is geared for adults. Some of the many benefits of meditation are stress reduction, improved relationships and increased health. Each session will highlight a different meditation technique – visualization, sound and breath, give various hints and suggestions for establishing a regular practice and include some chair yoga postures. Learn the basics and see how meditation can increase your appreciation for nature around you as well as the nature within you. Cost is $9 per adult per class or $23 for the series. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Meditation Series for Beginners will be held as follows:

Dates: Wednesdays, August 7, 14 & 21, 2013
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Little Explorers Summer Stroll” is for young children ages 2 to 5. Children will go on a summer stroll through wooded wetland at the Environmental Center and take time to stop and explore the wonders of the season. 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 Summer Stroll will be held as follows:

Ages: 2 and 3 year olds
Dates & Times: Fridays, August 9 & 23, 10 a.m.

Ages: 4 and 5 year olds
Dates & Times: Wednesdays, August 9 & 23, 10 a.m.

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

“Bike Right – Learn to Ride” is for children ages 5 and up. Make learning to ride a bike easier with TransOptions Bike Right Learn to Ride class. Bike Right Learn to Ride will teach children the safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride. Using this "balance first" method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Please bring a helmet and a bike in good working order. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $7 per child. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Bike Right – Learn to Ride will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, 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. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1338, Ext. 103. 4-H Lego Club will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Garibaldi Hall
Roseland, NJ

“Nature Crafts with Children” is geared for children ages 7 to 12. Participants will gain a deeper appreciation for the Earth by making crafts. Cost is $8 per child per session (includes a $2 material fee). Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Nature Crafts with Children will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Organically Prepare Your Lawn for Next Spring” is geared for adults. Rutgers Cooperative Extension staff will teach organic techniques for over-wintering your lawn so that it will be vibrant and healthy next spring. Prepare it now, enjoy it later. Information about the new State fertilizer law will also be presented and the regulations that apply to homeowners will be discussed. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $9 per person. Advance registration is required one week prior to program. For information, call 973-228-8776. Organically Prepare Your Lawn for Next Spring will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A 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 $9 per adult and free for NJWA members. For information, call 973-228-8776. New Jersey Woodturners will meet as follows:

Date: Monday, August 26, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

“Labor Day Live Raptor Program” is for ages 4 and up. Tenafly Nature Center presents live raptors! Participants will observe several live raptors up close and will 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 is required by Wednesday, August 21st. For information, call 973-228-776. Labor Day Live Raptor Program will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, September 2, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. OR 1 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

The deadline for submission for the2013 Essex County Parks Photography Contest” is Wednesday, September 18th. Anyone with a camera is invited and encouraged to submit photos that capture a part of your visit to the Essex County Park System. For rules and regulations, please contact the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.

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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