ROSELAND, NJ – A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of December that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the environment.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center in Roseland, 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,” said DiVincenzo. “With the help of our partner groups, our dynamic schedule of events and activities will captivate all ages. 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.”

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Events scheduled for December are as follows:

 

“Birding Hike in Troy Meadows,” presented by New Jersey Audubon. Search the edges of the swamp for wintering birds. Be prepared for muddy or icy conditions. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center and carpool to the trailhead. Cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. Call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 1

Time: 8:30 a.m.

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

 

“Chair Yoga Series” for adults. Whether new to yoga, are an older adult, or know and love yoga but can no longer get up and down from the floor easily, chair yoga may be for you. All poses are done seated or standing next to a chair. Breath guides students through the class, which will end with a relaxing meditation. All levels are welcome. Dress comfortably. Cost is $9 per class, $7 for those 65 and older. No refunds for missed classes. Advance registration, monthly pre-payment and a minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Chair Yoga Series will be held as follows:

Dates: Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8, 22 & 29, 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

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

 

“Thursday Evening Yoga” 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. 

Dates: Thursdays, Dec.1, 8, 22 & 29, 2016             

Time: 6:15 p.m.

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

 

“Friday Morning Yoga” 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 973-228-8776.

Dates: Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 23 & 30, 2016             

Time: 9:30 a.m.

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

 

“Gingerbread House Making Workshop” is an opportunity to register a gingerbread home or habitat in the County’s annual contest and get some help making it. The Essex County Environmental Center staff will help participants get started on their own unique creation. All gingerbread projects must be completed by 1 p.m. to be considered for the contest. Some materials will be provided, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own items. This is the last day to register for the contest. This is a free event. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 973-228-8776. Gingerbread House Making Workshop will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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

 

“Monday Morning Yoga” 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 973-228-8776.

Dates: Mondays, Dec. 5 & 12, 2016             

Time: 9:30 a.m.

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

 

“12th Annual Sustainable Homes & Habitats Gingerbread Contest & Exhibit” registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 3; all entries must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 5. Create a unique gingerbread house with natural accents and green building design features. Sustainable Gingerbread Homes will be on display from Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 16. Prizes in various categories will be awarded on Saturday, Dec. 17. Call the Environmental Center at 973-228-8776 to register or for more information.

 

“4-H Healthy Living Club” for children in grades 7 and up. Led by 4-H Teen Mentors, youth will be guided through activities, such as yoga, healthy snack making and mindfulness, to learn to lead a healthier lifestyle. The Club will use food items made from the Gardening Club. Yoga mats and ingredient lists will be provided. Monday classes meet in Garibaldi Hall, Tuesday classes meet in the main Center. Advance registration required. For information, call 973-353-1337.

Date & Time: Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Garibaldi Hall

 

Date & Time: Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Main Building

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

 

“Tuesday Afternoon Yoga and Myofascial Unwinding” for adults. The focus of this class is on the many benefits of long-held, seated yoga poses paired with free movements to unwind the body from its long-held patterns. Participants will lengthen tissues that connect, wrap and interweave muscles and experience the freedom of body-guided movement. This helps 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.

Dates: Tuesdays, Dec. 6, 13 & 27, 2016

Time: 3:30 p.m.

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

 

“4-H Environmental Kids Club” for children in grades 2 through 9. The environment is filled with things, big and small, that are surprising and helpful. Come once a month to see how much fun it is to learn about the world. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1337. This is a free program.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Garibaldi Hall

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

 

“Little Explorers Winter Nature Program” for children ages 2 to 5 years. 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. Cost is $9 per child/per class. Minimum number of participants, advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Little Explorers Winter Nature Program will be held as follows:

Age: 3 year olds

Date & Time: Fridays, Dec. 9 & 16 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Age: 4 & 5 year olds

Date & Time: Thursdays, Dec. 8 & 15 at 1:30 p.m. OR Fridays, Dec. 9 & 16 at 1:30 p.m.

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

 

“Bird Club” for children ages 5 through 10. Birds live in every corner of the world. Come explore the wooded wetland and see what birds live in New Jersey. Use binoculars, field guides, and a keen sense of observation to discover and identify all sorts of birds. Cost $8 per child per session. Advance registration, payment and a minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Time: 4 p.m.

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

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County South Mountain Reservation,” presented by New Jersey Audubon. Visit several key locations within one of Essex County’s largest parks. Discover how easy it is to find wildlife in winter when there is plenty of food, water and shelter. Hikers will meet at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and carpool to various locations within the park. Cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. Call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register.

Date:  Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Time:  8 a.m.

Meeting Site: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ

 

“Bug Club” for children ages 6 to 10. It 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 $8 per child per session. Advance registration, payment and a minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Time: 4 p.m.

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

 

“Stress Release (EFT) Monthly Meet Up” for adults. Individuals often feel stress in one or more areas of life: relationships, work, health, spirituality and finances commonly contribute to stress. Participants will learn and use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to destress and to gain new perspectives and insights. EFT is an energy modality that uses acupressure points to tap into areas of emotional stress. It is easy to learn and use. This class is suitable for beginners and those with no prior knowledge of EFT as well as those who know EFT and would like to benefit from the group dynamic. More information about EFT can be found at www.eftuniverse.com. Cost is $10 per adult per class. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Time: 6:45 p.m.

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

 

“4-H International Cooking Club” is for children in grades 5 and up. Youth will work together to learn about culture and prepare delicious recipes from around the world. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1337. 4-H International Cooking Club will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Garibaldi Hall

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

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County Hatfield Swamp,” presented by New Jersey Audubon. Take a journey into the frozen swamp to search for winter visitors and lingering fall migrants that call the heart of western Essex County home. Meet at the Stop & Shop in West Caldwell and carpool to the trail head. Cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. Call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register.     

Date: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Time:  8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Stop & Shop, 875 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ

 

“Handmade Holiday Gift” is for adults. If you’re looking for a unique and natural gift for a special friend or for yourself, this class could be for you. Make your own holiday yule log centerpiece and build in surprises that will keep giving long after the holiday. Cost is $10 per adult. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Handmade Holiday Gift will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Time: 12 p.m.

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

 

“Horticulture for Seniors” for senior citizens. Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County for this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. The focus for December is Making Holiday Decorations. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. This is a free program. Advance registration is required one week prior to program; call Helen at 973-731-0717 or Amy at 973-731-2449.

Date: Monday, Dec. 19, 2016             

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Garibaldi Hall

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

 

“Winter Wildlife Explorers Camp” is for children in kindergarten to 3rd grade. Campers will enjoy stories, crafts, campfires and forest adventures exploring the wooded wetland forest in wintertime. Cost is $170 per child for all three days OR $65 per child per day. Prepayment, registration and a minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776.

Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 27; Wednesday, Dec. 28; Thursday, Dec. 29

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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, call 973-228-8776.

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