Become One With Nature At The Environmental Center In Essex County
A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of Aug. that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment. Children and adults are invited 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,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. “With the help of our partner groups, our dynamic schedule of events and activities will captivate all ages. 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.”
“Little Explorers Summer Nature Stroll” is for children ages two to five 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. Little Explorers Summer Nature Stroll will be held
Wed., Aug. 12, at 10 a.m.
“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. Essential Oils for Dr. Mom will be held Sat., Aug. 15, at noon.
“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. NJ Woodturners will meet on Mon., Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
“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. Aromatherapy for Back to School will be held Thurs., Aug. 27, at 6 p.m.
“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. Labor Day Paddle will be held Mon., Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.
The registration deadline for the “2015 Essex County Parks Photography Contest” is Wed., Sept. 16. Anyone with a camera is invited and encouraged to submit photos that capture a part of the day’s visit to the Essex County Parks System.
For rules and regulations, more information about programs or to register, call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.