Essex County, NJ – A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of March 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 March 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 poses paired with free movements to unwind the body from its long-held patterns. Participants will both 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. Cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. TuesdayAfternoon Yoga and Myofascial Unwinding will be held as follows:

 

Dates:            Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2016

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 2-5 years old. 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 session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call973-228-8776Little Explorers Spring Nature Program will be held as follows:

 

Ages:                         2 year olds

Dates and Time:       Wednesdays, March 2, 16 & 30; 9:45 a.m.

 

Ages:                         4 and 5 year olds

Dates and Times:     Wednesdays, March 2, 16 & 23; 1:30 p.m.

OR Fridays, March 4 & 18; 1:30 p.m.

 

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

                                                           621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                           Roseland, NJ

 

“Chair Yoga Series” is for adults. Whether you are new to yoga, 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 will guide participants through 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. Advance registration and monthly pre-payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Chair Yoga will be held as follows:

 

Dates:            Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2016

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. Advance registration and monthly payment are required. For information, call973-228-8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants is required. ThursdayEvening Yoga will be held as follows:

                                                

Dates:            Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2016             

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

 

Dates:            Fridays, March 4, 11 & 18, 2016             

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Monday Morning Yoga” is for adults. Each class will start with a short reading from a classical yogic text. The chosen verse (sutra) will guide students throughout class and in each posture, helping to deepen their understanding of yoga. All levels welcome. Come weekly or for just one class. Cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Monday Morning Yoga will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Mondays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2016

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Bug Club” is for children ages 6 to 10. This club meets year-round and is devoted to young people who want to explore the wonders of insects through field walks, games, stories and crafts. Cost is $8 per child per session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Bug Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Tuesday, March 8, 2016             

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Stress Management (EFT) Monthly Meet Up” 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 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. Stress Management (EFT) Monthly Meet Up will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Time:              6:45 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County Weequahic Park” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. This park is a fascinating place to view a variety of gulls, ducks, and geese, plus some woodland birds on their northward migration. All can be viewed along an easy trail around the lake. Enter on Meeker Avenue and use the parking area just past the field house. Meet at Elizabeth Avenue and Meeker Avenue, Newark. This is a free event. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

 

Date:              Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Weequahic Park

                                               Meeker Avenue

                                               Newark, NJ

 

“Advance Your Public Speaking Skills” is for children in grades 3 through 8. Public speaking is a necessary skill to be a confident leader, however, it is often the most feared. Youth are welcome to join this workshop for tips and practice to become better public speakers. No need to fear this workshop, youth will be engaged in fun, team supported activities. Cost is $5 per person. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1337. Minimum number of participants required.Advance Your Public Speaking Skills will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                       621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                       Roseland, NJ

 

“Primitive Skills for Adults” is for adults. Learn the art of bushcraft and outdoor living skills. All sessions encourage hands-on participation. This month’s focus is Cordage Making with Natural Plant Fibers. Cost is $10 per adult per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Primitive Skills for Adults will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time:              6:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

“Birding Hike in Essex County Hatfield Swamp” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Celebrate NJ Audubon’s Spring into Birding statewide birding event with a hike through this wooded wetland habitat. Early spring migrants, such as passerines and raptors, along with views of waterfowl, will make this an exciting trip. Footing may be wet. Meet at the Stop & Shop in West Caldwell. Cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mailkelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

 

Date:              Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Stop & Shop

                        875 Bloomfield Avenue

West Caldwell, NJ

 

“Frog Pond Science Club” is for children ages 5 through 9. Uncover and discover ecosystem interactions at the frog pond. Explore with nets, magnifiers and microscopes to investigate what lives at the pond and learn with a naturalist what can be done to protect and conserve the pond inhabitants.Cost is $8 per child per session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Frog Pond Science Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Wednesday, March 16, 2016             

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Spring Is Here! Story Walk” is for children ages 2 to 6. StoryWalk brings literature to life by allowing families to interactively read books in unique environments. Take a walk while enjoying a nature-themed story and hands-on activities about the coming of spring. The StoryWalk concept was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition. Cost is $6 for NJ Audubon members and $8 for non-members. For information, call 973-228-8776Spring is Here! Story Walk will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time:              10:30 1.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. This month’s topic is Anticipating Spring. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required one week prior to program. For information, call Helen at 973-731-0717 or Maya at 973-379-5548. This is a free event. Horticulture for Seniors will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Monday, March 21, 2016

Time:              1 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall            

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

“4-H Environmental Kids Club” is for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. 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 973-353-13374-H Environmental Kids Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Tuesday, March 22, 2016             

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                       Garibaldi Hall

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Healthy Living Club” is for children ages 8 to 12. Each club meeting will focus on a specific “healthy” topic. Participants will learn about it and then explore it. Some of the many topics will be exercise, diet, healthy food experimentation, yoga and relaxation, rest, helping others, time in nature, fun hobbies and more. Cost is $8 per child per session. Advance registration and payment required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Healthy Living Club will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Wednesday, March 23, 2016             

Time:              3:45 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B 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. Discover early spring migrants just arriving or stopping over in New Jersey. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center. This is a free event. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

 

Date:              Thursday, March 24, 2016

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Chakra Balancing & Essential Oils 101: Beginner's Workshop” is for adults. Participants can expand their knowledge about the chakra system and energetic properties of essential oils. Students will discover how to identify when a chakra is in disharmony and how to determine which self-care modalities, mantras and essential oils are best to balance a given chakra. Cost is $10 per person.Advance registration and a minimum number of participants are required. For information, call 973-228-8776Chakra Balancing & Essential Oils 101 will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Thursday, March 24, 2016

Time:              7 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

“Rutgers-Essex County 4-H Teen Council” is for teenagers. Essex County teens are welcome to participate in engaged community service learning guided by the youth officers. Teen council members will serve as mentors for younger youth, advocate for environmental projects, be hands for community members in need and ambassadors of the 4-H program. They will also join the 4-H network of youth nationally and globally to participate in professional development and youth leadership projects. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1337Rutgers-Essex County 4-H Teen Council will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Monday, March 28, 2016

Time:              5:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

“Monthly Meditation Group” is for adults. Participate whether you are new to meditation, could use some inspiration, or are a seasoned practitioner. Some of the many benefits of a meditation practice are stress reduction, improved relationships and increased health. Each monthly meeting will include some chair yoga poses, a specific meditation technique, and hints and suggestions for establishing or enhancing a regular practice. Q&A is also welcome. Cost is $10 per adult per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants is required. Monthly Meditation Group meets as follows:

 

Date:              Monday, March 28, 2016

Time:              6:45 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

“New Jersey Woodturners Association” is for adults. Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month. For information, call the Environmental Center at973-228-8776. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per adult and free for NJWA members. New Jersey Woodturners meet as follows:

 

Date:              Monday, March 28, 2016

Time:              7 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

                        621A Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

“Nature Explorers Spring Camp” is for children in grades 1 through 5. Restore the bond between children and nature. Children can have the opportunity to explore nature at the Essex County Environmental Center. For details, call the Center at 973-228-8776. Registration and payment for the first session is required by March 24th and April 8th for the second session. Nature Explorers Spring Camp will be held as follows:

 

Session 1:

Dates:             Tuesday, March 29; Wednesday, March 30; Thursday, March 31

Times:                       12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Session 2:

Dates:             Tuesday, April 12; Wednesday, April 13; Thursday, April 14

Times:                       12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

            621B Eagle Rock Avenue

            Roseland, NJ

 

“Bark Journal Bookbinding Class” is for adults. Learn a sewing stich to craft sketchbooks or journals that have the ability to stay open and lay flat. Participants will go home with their own bound book made of natural materials and the knowledge and skills to make many more. This book can be kept as a personal treasure or given as a hand-made gift. All materials are provided. Cost is $10 per adult. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Bark Journal Bookbinding Class will be held as follows:

 

Date:              Thursday, March 31, 2016

Time:              6:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                        Roseland, NJ

 

The photo exhibit “For the Love of Animals, Photographs Taken with Love” by Jane Murphy will be on view during the month of March in the Essex County Environmental Center. The Center is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

 

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.