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Many Classes Offered at the Essex County Environmental Center in August

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

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“Buzzfest” is for all ages. Have you ever wondered how honey goes from hive to jar? Watch as our local beekeeper extracts honey from a real hive and get a sample taste. There will be crafts, games, an observation hive and more. Learn about bees, their current challenges, and how we can help. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $5 per person for ages 2 and up. Minimum number of participants, advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776Buzzfest will be held as follows:

Date:               Saturday, August 1, 2015             

Time:              11 a.m.

Place:              Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall 621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ

 

“Essex County Hilltop Reservation Letterbox Family Hike” is for families. Design a foam stamp before setting off into the reservation to uncover clues and discover the location of a secret letterbox using your navigational skills on this “treasure hunt.” The activity will be led by an Essex County Environmental Center naturalist. Meet at Courter Lane in North Caldwell. Cost is $10 per adult and $8 per child. Minimum number of participants, advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776Essex County Hilltop Reservation Letterbox Family Hike will be held as follows:

Date:               Thursday, August 6, 2015             

Time:              6 p.m.

Place:              Essex County Hilltop Reservation, Courter Lane, North Caldwell

 

“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. 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 Yoga will be held as follows:

Dates:             Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015             

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, August 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015             

Time:              9:30 a.m.

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

 

“Meditation Series for Beginners” is for adults. Do you want to start meditating but don’t know how to begin? Some of the many benefits are stress reduction, improved relationships and increased health. Each session will highlight a different meditation technique – visualization, sound and breath, give various hints and suggestions for establishing a regular practice and include some chair yoga postures. Come learn the basics and see how meditation can increase your appreciation for nature around you as well as the nature within you. Cost is $10 per adult per class or $25 for the series. Minimum number of participants and advance registration are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Meditation Series for Beginners will be held as follows:

Dates:             Mondays, August 10, 17 & 24, 2015             

Time:              6:45 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? Where spaghetti sauce comes from? How you can find a rainbow in a garden? Join the 4-H Young Gardener's Club to find the answers to these questions and more. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration required. For information, call 973-353-1337. The 4-H Young Gardener’s Club will meet as follows:

Dates:             Tuesdays, August 11, 18 & 25, 2015             

Time:              10 a.m.

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

 

“Patio & Garden Day – Our 10th Year Celebration” is for all ages. Patio and Garden Day was one of the first programs offered by the original Center for Environmental Studies, which was operational from 1972 to 1995. After a 10-year closure, the new and improved Essex County Environmental Center opened, thanks to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. To celebrate our 10th year anniversary, we’ll revisit the Patio and Garden Day program as a way to have fun, remember our roots, and to celebrate nature. Bring a hat, enjoy the grounds, join a staff naturalist for a guided walk, and enjoy a fresh cold cup of mint iced tea and iced fruit pops in the herb garden (adjacent to the frog pond). Meet at Garibaldi Hall. This is a free event. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Patio & Garden Day will be held as follows:

Date:               Tuesday, August 11, 2015             

Time:              6:30 p.m.

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

 

“Little Explorers Summer Nature Stroll” is for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Students will stroll through the wooded wetland and explore the wonders of the season. Classes will be held rain or shine. Cost is $9 per child. Minimum number of participants is required. Advance registration and payment are required. For more information, call 973-228-8776Little Explorers Summer Nature Stroll will be held as follows:

Date:               Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Time:              10 a.m.  

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

 

“Essential Oils for Dr. Mom” is for adults. With pool season in full swing and school starting in just a couple weeks, a mother's job is never done. Learn how to use safe and gentle essential oils for children as they face bumps, bruises, germs and fears. Cost is $10 per adult. Minimum number of participants, advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776Essential Oils for Dr. Mom will be held as follows:

Date:               Saturday, August 15, 2015             

Time:              12 p.m.

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

 

“New Jersey Woodturners” is for adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association. Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $10 per adult and free for NJWA members. For information, call 973-228-8776New Jersey Woodturners will meet as follows:

Date:               Monday, August 24, 2015

Time:              7 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Environmental Center

                        Garibaldi Hall,  621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ

 

“Aromatherapy for Back to School” is for adults. Be prepared for this school season with essential oils. Participants will learn which oils are best to reduce stress and anxiety, keep germs at bay, and maintain energy and attention. Cost is $10 per adult. Minimum number of participants, advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Aromatherapy for Back to School will be held as follows:

Date:               Thursday, August 27, 2015             

Time:              6 p.m.  

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

 

“Labor Day Paddle” is for adults and children ages 10 and older. Paddlers will enjoy scenery and peacefulness as they paddle up the river and float downstream. This event is geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Cost is $30 per canoe. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Labor Day Paddle will be held as follows:

 

Date:               Monday, September 7, 2015             

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

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

 

The registration deadline for the “2015 Essex County Parks Photography Contest” is Wednesday, September 16Anyone with a camera is invited and encouraged to submit photos that capture a part of your visit to the Essex County Parks System. For rules and regulations, call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.

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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