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February Events at Essex County Environmental Center

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

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“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, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2016

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Tuesday Afternoon Yoga with Meditation” is for adults. The focus of this class is on the many benefits of long-held, seated poses. Participants lengthen tissues that connect, wrap and interweave muscles, helping to increase range of motion and free up areas of limitation. Students will cultivate a meditative state in each pose, as well as sit for a meditation at the end of class. 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. Tuesday Afternoon Yoga with Meditation will be held as follows:

Dates:             Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2016

Time:              3:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                Roseland, NJ

“Little Explorers Winter 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, call 973-228-8776Little Explorers Winter Nature Program will be held as follows:

Ages:                          2 year olds

Date and Time:          Wednesday, February 10; 9:45 a.m.

Ages:                          4 and 5 year olds

Dates and Times:      Wednesdays, February 3, 10 & 17; 1:30 p.m.

OR Fridays, February 5, 12 & 19; 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 $36 for the month, $28 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, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 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 $40 for the series. Advance registration and monthly payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants is required. Thursday Evening Yogawill be held as follows:

Dates:             Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 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, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2016             

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Bag Craft Class: Make Your Own Bag from Recycled Fabric” is for adults and children ages 11 and up.Participants will have fun while making a bag from recycled fabrics, jeans, coats, jackets and more. Crafter Jerri Lee will teach the process, and will have fabric thread, needles and scissors for each participant. Participants should bring their own garment; decorations will be provided. Cost is $12 per person.Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Bag Craft Class will be held as follows:

Date:               Saturday, February 6, 2016             

Time:              11 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, February 9, 2016             

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

621B 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, February 9, 2016             

Time:              4 p.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall

621A Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Love Potion #9 Valentine's Gift” is for adults. Does Love Potion #9 exist? During this workshop, participants will learn how essential oils can enhance attraction, desires, romance, passion, and make Valentine's Day a joyous day no matter if you are single or in a relationship. Each participant will make bath salts infused with essential oils to take home to enjoy. Cost is $20 per person. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Love Potion #9 Valentine’s Gift will be held as follows:

Date:               Saturday, February 13, 2016             

Time:              12 Noon

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Eat like a President” is for children ages 8 to 12. Do you wonder what it’s like to eat like a president? Children who have an interest in cooking or in eating can help prepare and cook the sweetest part of a presidential meal. Participants will make and eat one of George Washington’s favorites: Cherry Pie! Each child will leave with a recipe card. Cost is $10 per child. Advance registration and payment are required by Friday, February 12th. For information, call 973-228-8776Eat like a President will be held as follows:

Date:               Monday, February 15, 2016             

Time:              3 p.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

 

“Three-Day Short Course on Beekeeping” is for adults and children ages 12 and older. The Essex County Beekeepers Society will present this short course appropriate for new beekeepers as well as those who need a refresher. The society will take participants through a full year of beekeeping, including everything they need to know from purchasing and assembling equipment to harvesting, extracting, and bottling honey. Basics of disease and mite management and control will be covered. Meet in Garibaldi Hall.Cost is $150 per person and includes ECBS/NJBA membership, class materials, continental breakfast and afternoon snack. Scholarships for this course may be available for full-time students ages 12-22. For more information or to register, visit www.njbeekeepers.org or contact Pat Gamsby atBJORNLASS@AOL.COM or 973 396-8996. E-mail is the best means of contacting Pat. Three-Day Short Course on Beekeeping will be held as follows:

Dates:             Saturdays, February 20 & 27, 2016

                        Snow Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

                        Field Day is TBA             

Time:              9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Build a Bird House” is for adults and children ages 10 and older who are accompanied by an adult. To commemorate National Nest Box Week, participants will build a home that encourages breeding birds and other wildlife to take residence. Putting out a bird house now creates a good chance of having a nesting pair of songbirds by spring. Cost is $8 per child and $10 per adult. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776Build a Bird House will be held as follows:

Date:               Saturday, February 20, 2016             

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. This month’s topic is The Effects of Winter.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, February 22, 2016

Time:              1 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall                       

621A 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, February 22, 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 Groupmeets as follows:

Date:               Monday, February 22, 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 at 973-228-8776. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per adult and free for NJWA members. New Jersey Woodturners meet as follows:

Date:               Monday, February 22, 2016

Time:              7 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, call973-228-8776. Minimum number of participants required. Healthy Living Club will be held as follows:

Date:               Wednesday, February 24, 2016             

Time:              3:45 p.m.

Place:                         Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

“Birding Hike in Troy Meadows” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Search the edges of the frozen swamp for wintering birds and early migrants. Be prepared for muddy or icy conditions. Participants will meet at the Essex County Environmental Center and carpool to the trail head. Cost is $6 NJA for 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, February 25, 2016

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

                                                Roseland, NJ

“Birding Hike in Essex County Hatfield Swamp” is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Take a journey into the frozen swamp to search for winter visitors and early spring migrants that call the heart of western Essex County home. Footing could be icy or muddy depending on the weather. Participants will meet at the Stop & Shop in West Caldwell and carpool to the trail head. Cost is $6 NJA for 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:               Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time:              8:30 a.m.

Meeting Site: Stop & Shop

875 Bloomfield Avenue

West Caldwell, NJ

The photo exhibit “Washington State and British Columbia” by Fred Dammont will be on view during the month of February in the Essex County Environmental Center. The Center is open from Monday to Fridayfrom 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.

 

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 22 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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