As a new season approaches, Union County residents, business owners and visitors can explore new ways to save money and help preserve a healthy environment by tuning in to the new Earth Day, Every Day live webinar series co-created by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. The Extension is a program of the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station, supported in part by the Union County Board of Commissioners.
The free, and popular Earth Day, Every Day series is back on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. and will continue each Monday every week, ending on April 26.
Earth Day Every Day builds on the success of the Earth Day At Home webinar series, launched by the Extension in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020.
“The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County connects our community with fact-based guidance that empowers people to improve their own well-being, while also contributing to a safe, healthy environment,” said Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Extension has redoubled their educational and outreach work during the COVID-19 outbreak, and The Union County Board of Commissioners is proud to support their efforts to inform and empower people of all ages.”
To register and join the new Earth Day Every Day webinars, and to view recorded versions from the series last spring, visit envirostewards.rutgers.edu/Earth-Day.
The new topics are:
March 8, 2021: Starting a Native Plant Garden
March 15, 2021: Responsible Stewardship of New Jersey's Marine Resources
March 22, 2021: Let's Not Pass the Buck: Deer Management in New Jersey
March 29, 2021: RU Wildlife Wise: Spring Babies! Tips for Helping Injured or Orphaned Wildlife
April 5, 2021: Infusing EcoTherapy Into Your Life
April 12, 2021: From Rain Gardens to Rain Barrels; Protecting Watersheds at
April 19, 2021: Food Systems and Climate Change
April 26, 2021: Trees, Wonderful Trees
For more expert guidance on wellness, view the latest issue of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s “Family and Community Health Sciences Visions” newsletter online at njaes.rutgers.edu/visions. Topics include pet food safety, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, and much more.
Students in grades k-12 can explore STEAM activities and community service opportunities through 4-H from Home, created by the Extension’s 4-H youth development program.
Nature enthusiasts of all ages can also visit Union County’s own Trailside Nature and Science Center online at ucnj.org/trailside to participate in the “Virtual Summer Camp” series, featuring original videos, crafts, and more. Weekly topics include Turtle Time, Pond and Stream, and Trees are Terrific among others.
As part of Earth Day activities, residents are also encouraged to learn about the Choose to Re-Use statewide anti-litter effort, which aims to reduce plastic waste and improve recycling rates. For reliable information on what to recycle – and what not to recycle — view the “Recycle Right” video and find links to other County-sponsored recycling programs at ucnj.org/recycling.
In addition, residents can download the free Recycle Coach app for up-to-date information about recycling in each Union County municipality, along with fun interactive videos and more.
For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities visit ucnj.org/green-connect. Please note COVID-19 safety precautions are required for all recycling events. Other in-person activities are limited at this time due to the outbreak.
For more Extension news and programs for environmental conservation and personal health in Union County visit ucnj.org/rce.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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