Bernards Township Parks & Recreation and Back to Nature present the second annual THROW & GROW to re-seed the environment for butterflies, bees and birds. The public (all ages) is invited to join in for the Throw & Grow event.

The Throw & Grow will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27 at Pleasant Valley Park, off Valley Road in Basking Ridge. Meet in the first parking lot on the left (Pleasant Valley Pool lot).

BUT FIRST, participants are invited to help build the seed balls at Back to Nature, 3055 Valley Road, Basking Ridge.

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Stop in anytime during Back to Nature's regular business hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Call 908-350-7506 for more information.

What is a seed ball? A seed ball is a marble sized ball made of clay, earth, compost, and native flower seeds. The ingredients are mixed together to form a small ball. Just right for throwing!

What do you do with a seed ball? You THROW them and then they GROW! Throwing seed balls are similar to how birds spread seeds naturally. Once thrown, seed balls will set and germinate, growing into beneficial, native plants. Using native plant seed balls is a great way to re-seed the landscape while teaching kids the importance of native plants and the environment.

Beneficial Friends at Risk (honey bees and butterflies)

Most people are aware of the challenges facing honey bees due to hive collapse caused by the use of pesticides and other chemicals. The Monarch Butterfly population is also in serious decline. This is due to the loss of their primary food source, native milkweed due to the use of herbicides. Birds, while not specifically at risk, are also important pollinators and face challenges due to loss of native food sources and habitat.