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:

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

Date:               Tuesday, August 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2017

Time:              10 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

                        621A 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 $10 per class. No refunds for missed classes. Advance registration and monthly payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants is required. Thursday Evening Yoga will be held as follows:

                                                

Dates:             Thursdays, August 3, 17 & 24, 2017             

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

Dates:             Fridays, August 18 & 25, 2017             

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Buzzfest” is for all ages. Watch a local beekeeper extract honey from a real hive and get a sample taste. There will be crafts, games, an observation hive and more. Learn about bees, their current challenges, and how the public can help. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $5 per person for ages 2 and up. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776Buzzfest will be held as follows:

Date:               Thursdays, Saturday, August 5, 2017             

Time:              11 a.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 4 years. Participants will walk through the wooded wetland and see what they can discover. They also will take time to stop and explore the wonders of the season. Programs will be held rain or shine. Cost is $9 per child/per class. Advance registration, payment and minimum number of participants required. are required. For information, call 973.228.8776. Little Explorers Summer Nature Stroll will be held as follows:

Ages and Dates:       2 & 3 year olds, Friday, August 11, 2017

                                   4 & 5 year olds, Friday, August 18, 2017

Time:                          10 a.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

                                    621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                     Roseland, NJ

“Three-Part Series: Stress Release Using Emotional Freedom Techniques” is for adults. Most individuals feel stress in one or more areas of life. Relationships, work, health, spirituality, and finances commonly contribute to stress. Regardless of the cause, stress has serious effects on the body, and reducing it can lead to a healthier, happier experience of life. Participants will learn and use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to de-stress and to gain new perspectives and insights. Participants will use acupressure points to tap into areas of emotional stress. This modality is easy to learn and use and, once learned, can be used any time, day or night. This class is suitable for all levels. Cost is $10 per adult per class or $27 for the series. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776Stress Release will be held as follows:

Dates and Time:        Mondays, August 14, 21 & 28 at 6:45 p.m.

OR Tuesdays, August 15, 22 & 29 at 9:45 a.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Family Walk & Campfire” is for all ages. Join a naturalist for a short walk on the trails to experience forest life at dusk. Afterward, enjoy a campfire and fire-popped organic popcorn. Cost is $8 per child and $10 per adult.Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Family Walk & Campfire will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Thursday, August 17, 2017             

Time:              6:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“New Jersey Woodturners” is for adults and children ages 3 and up. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association. Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary by the month. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per adult and free for NJWA members. Call Gualberto Malave at 908-310-3557 for details. New Jersey Woodturners will meet as follows:

Date:               Monday, August 282017             

Time:              7 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 late summer residents actively foraging. Footing may be wet. Hikers will meet at the Essex County Environmental Center and carpool to the trail head. 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, August 312017             

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

The deadline for the “2017 Essex County Parks Photography Contest” is Wednesday, September 13th.Anyone with a camera is invited and encouraged to submit photos that capture a part of your visit to the Essex County Parks 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.