Learn About Nature, Healthy Living At Essex Environmental Center

A variety of programs is being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of June that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the 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,’’ DiVincenzo said. “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.”
For further information about programs, call 973-228-8776. 
“Chair Yoga” is for adults set for Thursdays, June 15, 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. Whether new to yoga, are an older adult, or know and love yoga but can no longer get up and down from the floor easily, chair yoga may be a good fit. All poses are done seated or standing next to a chair. All levels are welcome. Dress comfortably. Cost is $9 per class, $7 for those 65 and older. No refunds for missed classes. Advance registration, monthly pre-payment and a minimum number of participants are required.
“Thursday Evening Yoga” is for adults. It will be held June 15, 22 and 29 at 6:15 p.m. 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. The cost is $10 per class. No refunds for missed classes. Advance registration and monthly payment are required. 
 “Friday Morning Yoga” is for adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. It will be held on Fridays, June 16, 23 and 30 at 9:30 a.m. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Participate weekly, or for just one class. Dress comfortably and bring own mat. Cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required.
“Tuesday Afternoon Yoga and Myofascial Unwinding” is for adults. It will be held on Tuesdays, June 13, 20 and 27. The focus of this class is the many benefits of long-held, seated yoga poses paired with free movements to unwind the body from its long-held patterns. Participants will lengthen tissues that connect, wrap and interweave muscles and experience the freedom of body-guided movement. Dress comfortably and bring own mat. The cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required
“4-H Environmental Kids Club” is free for children in grades 2 through 9. Come once a month to see how much fun it is to learn about the world. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required.
“4-H Young Gardeners Club” is for children in grades 1 through 10. Ever wonder how vegetables and flowers grow, where spaghetti sauce comes or how to find a rainbow in a garden? The 4-H Young Gardener’s Club can provide the answers to these questions and more. Meet in Garibaldi Hall on June 13 at 4 p.m. Advance registration required.
“Birding Hike in Essex County Becker Farm” is presented by New Jersey Audubon on June 15 at 8:30 a.m. The forest and recovered farm field habitats will provide pleasing views of summer residents’ nest building or actively foraging. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center and carpool to the trail head. The cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members.
“Wild Edible Walk” is for adults and children ages 16 and up. Take a walk along the trails near the Environmental Center on June 15 at 6:30 p.m. to identify and discuss the wide variety of forest groceries available. Proper identification, seasonal harvest, growing environment and methods of preparation will be discussed. Limited to eight people. The cost is $10 per adult. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required
“Birding Hike in Essex County South Mountain Reservation” is presented by New Jersey Audubon on June 17 at 8:30 a.m. Look for breeding birds around the reservoir, in hillside forests, and on meadow edges in this very large, well preserved park. Meet at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and carpool to the trail head. The cost is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. 
Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County for this free horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens on June 19 at 1 p.m. The focus for June is Enjoying Summer in the Garden. Meet in Garibaldi Hall.  Advance registration is required one week prior to program; call Helen at 973-731-0717 or Amy at 973-731-2449
 “Future Spective – 48 Hours to a View” is a free exhibition by artist Lester Johnson scheduled for June 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and June 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will reveal for the first time in a contemporary setting pieces from his decades-long body of work titled “Nested Spheres,” aka “Balls in a Cage.” All of the wood in this exhibit is recycled Admission is free; artwork may be for sale. 
“Bike Right – Learn to Ride” is for children ages 5 and older and will teach children a safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride on June 24 at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required.
“New Jersey Woodturners” is for adults and children ages 3 and up. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association on June 26 at 7 p.m. Call Gualberto Malave at 908-310-3557 for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. The cost is $10 per adult and free for NJWA members.
“Wilderness Skills Summer Camp” is for children in grades 5 to 8. Traditional Earth Skills Instructor Mike Dennis will teach two sessions of outdoor skills building. The camp will be held June 28 through June 30, and again from July 5 to July 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $185 per child/per week. Advance registration is required.

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