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Essex County Environmental Center Announces May Schedule

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Essex County, NJ – A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of May 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 May are as follows:

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“Tuesday Afternoon Yoga and Myofascial Unwinding” is 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 973-228-8776Tuesday Afternoon Yoga and Myofascial Unwinding will be held as follows:

 

Dates:             Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2017

Time:              3:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                Roseland, NJ

 

“Little Explorers Spring Nature Program” is 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 973-228-8776Little Explorers Spring Nature Program will be held as follows:

 

Age:                            3 year olds

Dates and Time:        Fridays, May 5, 12 & 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

                                    621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                            Roseland, NJ

 

“Chair Yoga” is 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 973-228-8776Chair Yoga Series will be held as follows:

 

Dates:             Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2017

Time:              3 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B 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, May 4, 11, 18 & 25, 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, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2017             

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Bird Pokemon Scavenger Hunt” is for children ages 5 to 15. Come for a spring-time walk and uncover the many diverse bird species of New Jersey, as well as their Pokémon counterparts. Various images will be placed around the grounds in hard-to-find locations. Once found, a fact or two about the bird (and its Pokémon!) will be discussed before the hunt continues. Please dress for the weather. Cost is $8 per child. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776Bird Pokemon Scavenger Hunt will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Saturday, May 6, 2017             

Time:              10:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Bug Club” is 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 973-228-8776Bug Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                Roseland, NJ

 

“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, May 9, 2017

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

                        621A 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 973-353-13374-H International Cooking Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time:              6:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

                        621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County Becker Farm” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Explore both field and forest while enjoying beautiful vistas of the Passaic River Valley. This is the right time to discover spring migrants in all their glory, including warblers in full song. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center. 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, May 11, 2017

Time:              8 a.m.

Meeting Site: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Bird Club” is 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 973-228-8776Bird Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                Roseland, NJ

 

“Mother’s Day Annual Plant Sale” is for all ages. Stop by the Rutgers Master Gardener’s annual plant sale for a wide variety of annuals, perennials, ornamentals, shrubs, small trees, vegetables and hanging baskets.Admission is free, but plants will be for sale. For more details, call the Rutgers Master Gardeners’ Helpline at973-228-2210 from Monday to Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Mother’s Day Annual Plant Sale will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Saturday, May 13, 2017             

Time:              9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“4-H Environmental Kids Club” is 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. 4-H Environmental Kids Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

                        621A Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                Roseland, NJ

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County Hatfield Swamp” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Exploring various habitats for spring migrants, such as warblers and raptors, along with views of late-departing waterfowl will make this an exciting trip. Footing may be wet. Meet at the Stop & Shop. 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, May 18, 2017

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Stop & Shop

875 Bloomfield Avenue

West Caldwell, NJ

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County Kip’s Castle Park” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Hikers will look for late spring song bird migration and spectacular valley views from First Mountain in Verona. This is a great place to view warblers and other woodland birds. This walk is generally easy mostly on paved walkways. Cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.orgto register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

                                                                  

Date:               Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Essex County Kip’s Castle Park

22 Crestmont Road

Verona, NJ

 

“Nature Paper Making” is for adults and children ages 8 and up. Making paper is always fun, but today participants will gather colors from nature and create a special piece that may be framed at home. Advance registration and a minimum number of participants are required. Cost is $10 per adult and $8 per child. For information, call 973-228-8776Nature Paper Making will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Saturday, May 20, 2017             

Time:              10:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Horticulture for Seniors” is for senior citizens. Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County for this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. The focus for May is What Grows Together in Your Garden. 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. Horticulture for Seniors will be held as follows:

                                            

Date:               Monday, May 22, 2017             

Time:              1 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

621A 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. Call Gualberto Malave at 908-310-3557 for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per adult and free for NJWA members. New Jersey Woodturners will meet as follows:

 

Date:               Monday, May 22, 2017             

Time:              7 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County Hilltop Reservation” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Explore edge and meadow habitats for late spring migrants with an easy walk through the reservation. Meet at Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane, North Caldwell. This is a free event. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mailkelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

                                                                  

Date:               Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Hilltop Reservation

Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane

North Caldwell, NJ

 

“Memorial Day Paddle” is for adults and children ages 10 and up who are accompanied by an adult. Take a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River. Paddlers will enjoy scenery and peacefulness as they paddle up the river and then float down slowly at the pace of the river. The session includes paddling safety, techniques and all equipment. This trip is appropriate for beginners and children age 10 and up who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost is $30 per canoe or $15 per person. Advance registration and a minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Memorial Day Paddle will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Monday, May 29, 2017             

Time:              10:30 a.m. OR 2 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

621A 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, 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 23 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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