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NJMC EVENTS
In case of severe weather, please call the MEC at 201-460-8300 to confirm events and facility operation. DeKorte Park will remain open, but some trails might be closed in bad storms.

Events are held at the following locations as noted below unless otherwise specified:

Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC)
Two DeKorte Park Plaza
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
201-460-8300
www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec

NJMC Science Center (Science Center)
Three DeKorte Park Plaza
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
201-460-8300
www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Free Guided Nature Walks
First Sunday and Third Tuesday of Each Month
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS) sponsor free, two-hour nature walks on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of every month. Bring binoculars, sunscreen and a sense of wonder. Check meadowblog.net for time, location and other details. Registration recommended, not required.

Free Public Viewing Nights at the William D. McDowell Observatory
Every Monday and Wednesday excluding Holidays (Science Center)
The William D. McDowell Observatory is open to the public for free stargazing on Monday and Wednesday evenings year-round, weather permitting. For more information on the observatory and the Meadowlands Environment Center’s astronomy programs, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Note: You must be able to climb 25 stairs to the observatory. First-come-first-served.

Let’s Talk Astronomy
Every Tuesday (Science Center)
Join Observatory Director Dr. John Sloan on Tuesday evenings as he guides visitors through the wonders of the universe in his “Let’s Talk Astronomy” lecture series. Each session is followed by a group discussion in which participants can engage with Dr. Sloan and ask questions. $5/person; MEC members/free.

Re-friend Your Telescope
Friday Evening, once-a-month, 7-9 p.m. (Science Center)
Bring your telescope (including the eye-pieces, tripod, mount, manual, and any other accessories), and the staff at the NJMC William D. McDowell Observatory will help you get up and running. While we can provide assistance in cleaning your optics, we cannot fix broken equipment.
Sessions are limited to 5 people; pre-registration required. $5 per participant. For more information and to register, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec and click on William D. McDowell Observatory.

Pontoon Boat and Canoe Tours
Starting in May — call 201-460-4677
Come experience the Hackensack River and the Meadowlands’  spectacular scenic beauty and wildlife up-close on an NJMC guided Pontoon Boat Cruise or Canoe Tour! The season runs from late May through mid-September and includes a Father’s Day Canoe Tour on Sunday, June 16. For more information, call 201-460-4677. $15/person. Registration required.

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2014 Schedule of Events

Special note: For the past three years, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon have joined forces to offer a wide range of nature programs to the public, including twice-monthly guided nature walks – plus two inexpensive birding-by-boat trips. We are pleased to announce our tentative schedule for 2014, with an eye to adding another exciting event or two to the schedule if possible.

April

Saturday, April 12, 1-3 p.m. (Science Center)
Mixed Media Nature Sketching – Teens and adults
Field sketching is a time-tested way of interacting with and “capturing” the world.  Any teen or adult who wants to try this spontaneous method of drawing nature is invited to join us (no experience necessary).  Explore and experiment with pencil, charcoal, ink, and watercolor pencils to capture the essence of the season.  Weather permitting, we will go outside, so bring a chair if you’d like.  Borrow our basic art supplies for the session, or bring your own. $20/person; $16/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated.

Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m. (MEC)
Birding for Beginners  (Optics & Field Guides)
This free two-hour Birding for Beginners class starts with a short session on field-guide basics and birding optics – from binoculars to spotting scopes. The class will be held at the MEC in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, followed by a nature walk in the park. The event is run by the Bergen County Audubon Society and hosted by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983. Free.

Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m. -noon.
Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Bird Walk with the NJMC and BCAS
Celebrate the end of income-tax-filing season with this Harrier Meadow spring bird walk in North Arlington. We’ll walk around the 70-acre natural area, which is normally closed to the public, and look for ospreys, early warblers and shorebirds and a snipe or two. The walk starts at 10 a.m. at Harrier Meadow, on Disposal Road near Schuyler Avenue.  ( Note: There may be weekday construction vehicles on Valley Brook Avenue, so Harrier Meadow may be best reached by Schuyler Avenue).  The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

Tuesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
(MEC)
Bonus: Earth Day Concert with Spook Handy
This free concert celebrates our amazing planet and features folk  singer Spook Handy in the auditorium of the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The event is run by the Bergen County Audubon Society and hosted by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.comor 201-230-4983. Free.

Wednesday, April 23, 7-9 p.m. (MEC)
NJ Invasive Species Strike Team – All ages
The Invasive Species Strike Team is a statewide cooperative effort to prevent the spread of emerging invasive species. These non-native species threaten our environment and natural resources. Learn how the Strike Team is working to address these threats and protect the future of our precious environment. The Strike Team consists of private individuals and more than 80 public and private partner organizations. $5/person; $4/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated.

Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, 13 and 20, 2:30- 4 p.m. (Science Center)
Watercolor Painting Series: Earth, Air, Fire, Water – Adults and teens
Adults and teens of all experience levels are invited to explore watercolor painting in this 4-session program.  The course begins with a traditional introduction to the medium and moves on to alternative techniques to provide texture and capture the elements of nature. Borrow our basic supplies for the sessions, or bring your own.  Registration covers the entire month. $70/person; $50/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated.

May

Sunday, May 4, 8 a.m.
Bonus: Early-Birder-Special Walk with the NJMC and BCAS

This free two-hour nature walk starts at the entrance to Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry. We’ll get a jump on looking for warblers and other spring arrivals– and pick up any litter we find  along the way. The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release for this event that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.  You can also stick around for the …

Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m.
First-Sunday-of-the Month Walk with the NJMC and BCAS

This free two-hour nature walk starts at the entrance to Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry. We’ll look for warblers and other spring arrivals– and pick up any litter we find  along the way. The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release for this event that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983. 

Sunday, May 11, 10 a.m.

Bonus: 6th Annual Mother’s Day Walk
The free two-hour event begins at the Ridgefield Nature Center in Ridgefield and features a walk around the 5.4-acre natural area (once the home of the Great Bear Bottled Water Co.), and a visit to Skeetkill Creek Marsh in Ridgefield, with a stop to see Monk Parakeets on the way.  The walk is run by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983. Free.

Sunday, May 18, 1-3 p.m. (MEC)
DeKorte Park Scavenger Hunt – All ages
How well do you know the Meadowlands? Bring a digital or cell-phone camera and find out while on the move in this new family/group competition!  Starting with a map and mission pack, your team will follow clues around our park to find objects or picture stations.  Awards for age group winners.  Please contact us in advance if you do not have access to a digital camera.
$8/person; $6/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated.

Tuesday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Third-Tuesday-of-the Month Walk with the NJMC and BCAS
This free two-hour walk of Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus features raptors, waterfowl and late spring migrants. We’ll meet at the marsh entrance at 10 a.m. (directions are on meadowblog.net in the left-hand column). The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983. 

Tuesday, May 27, 6-8 p.m. (Science Center)
Marsh Mud Marathon
Join the MEC educators to catch shrimp, fish and other critters in the marsh.  Dress for mess. $5/person;$4/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated.

June
Sunday, June 1, 10 a.m.
First-Sunday-of-the-Month Bird Walk with the NJMC and BCAS
This free two-hour guided nature walk will meet at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Point Park in Secaucus and take us down the scenic Secaucus High School Boardwalk to look for shorebirds, black skimmers, herons and more.  The Hackensack River is on one side of the boardwalk, and the Secaucus High School restored wetlands are on the other. The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

Sunday, June 8, 10 a.m.
Bonus: Special DeKorte Park Plant Walk
Join us for a free two-hour plant walk with botanist Edith Wallace and BCAS President Don Torino. We will be looking for the plants that attract birds and butterflies, and which ones would work in your home gardens. Past walks with Edith have been a delight. We’ll keep an eye out for birds and butterflies, too. The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m.

Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Bird Walk with the NJMC and BCAS
This free two-hour guided nature walk will take place at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus. We’ll look for our family of Common Ravens, shorebirds, herons, nesting ospreys and more. We meet at the big parking lot by the Laurel Hill ball fields at 10 a.m.  The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

 

 
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