December Events at the Essex County Environmental Center

Essex County Environmental Center The following was announced today by The Essex County Environmental Center. Check out all the great events planned!

A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of December that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment.

The deadline to submit entries for the 9th Annual Sustainable Homes Gingerbread Contest & Exhibit is Monday, December 2nd. Create a unique gingerbread house with natural accents and green building design features! Sustainable Gingerbread Homes will be on display from Wednesday, December 4th through Friday, December 20th. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Call the Environmental Center at 973-228-8776 to register or for more information.

Tuesday Afternoon Yoga with Meditation is for adults. The focus of this class is on the many benefits of long-held, seated poses. Participants will lengthen tissues that connect, wrap and interweave the muscles, helping to increase range of motion and free up areas of limitation. All levels are welcome. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Cost is $10 per class. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Tuesday Afternoon Yoga with Meditation will be held as follows:

Dates: Tuesdays, December 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2013
Time:  3:30 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Birding Hike in Essex County Hilltop Reservation is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Take a leisurely winter hike while looking for winter wildlife, especially field and forest birds. Meet at Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane, North Caldwell. This is a free event. Please call 908-766-5787 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register. Birding

Hike is scheduled as follows:
Date:  Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time:  8:30 a.m.
Meeting Site: Intersection of Mountain Avenue
and Courter Lane
North Caldwell, NJ

Little Explorers Fall Nature Program is for young children ages 2 to 5. 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. The program will be held rain or shine. Cost is $7 per child/session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Little Explorers Summer Stroll will be held as follows:

Age: 2 year olds
Dates & Times: Thursdays, December 5 & 19, 9:45 a.m.

Age: 3 year olds
Dates & Times: Fridays, December 6, 13 & 20, 11 a.m.

Ages:  4 and 5 year olds
Dates & Times: Thursdays, December 5, 12 & 19, 1:30 p.m.
OR Fridays, December 6, 13 & 20, 1:30 p.m.

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

Thursday Evening Yoga Series is geared 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. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Cost is $40. Advance registration and monthly payment is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. No refunds will be given for missed classes. Thursday Evening Yoga is scheduled as follows:

Dates: Thursdays, December 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013
Time:  6:15 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Friday Morning Yoga is geared 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. Join for the series or just one class. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Cost is $10 per class.  Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Friday Morning Yoga is scheduled as follows:

Dates: Fridays, December 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2013
Time:  9:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Birding Hike in Essex County South Mountain Reservation is presented by New Jersey Audubon. Visit several key locations within one of Essex County’s largest parks. Discover how easy it is to find wildlife in winter when there is plenty of food, water and shelter. Participants will carpool to various locations within the park. Meet at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Cost is $6 for NJA 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, December 7, 2013
Time:  8 a.m.
Meeting Site:  Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ

Nature Knows: Experience Nature’s Wisdom through Yoga, Journaling and Trail Walk is for adults. Nature guides us, giving us solutions, clues, and messages. When any one of life’s challenges appears, it is tempting and often habitual to try to think, analyze, and figure out a solution, but this can leave questions unanswered and life situations unchanged. In this class, participants shift from “thinking” to “being.” Flowing with the stream of life, participants open to natural and sometimes surprising shifts of perception, understanding, and change. Bring an unanswered question, a wish, a virtue to cultivate, or just an open mind. Beginners to yoga are welcome. Participants must be able to get up and down from the floor easily. Dress comfortably, wear layers, and bring a yoga mat. Part of the class will be outside, rain or shine. Cost is $25. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Nature Knows will be held as follows:

Date:  Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time:  10 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Bug Club is for children ages 6 to 10. The Bug Club is devoted to young people who want to explore the wonders of insects through field walks, games, stories and crafts. This club meets year-round. Cost is $7 per child per session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Bug Club will be held as follows:

Date:  Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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 2 through 6. The environment is filled with things, big and small, that surprise and help us. Participants will discover how much fun it is to learn about our world. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1338, Ext. 109. 4-H Environmental Kids Club will be held as follows:

Date:  Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time:  4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Baking with Ms. Barbara is for children ages 5 and 6. Those who enjoy baking may come join Barbara in the kitchen to make organic gingerbread cookies from scratch, minus the nutmeg. Young bakers will create some interesting rolled cookies to decorate and take home. Cost is $10 per child. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Baking with Ms. Barbara will be held as follows:

Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time:  4:15 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Wreath Making Workshop will be led by Master Gardener and floral designer Donna Dorsey. Participants will make their own wreath, with a bow, as well as a door swag if materials allow. The lesson on bows alone can be utilized year-round for seasonal enjoyment. All wreath supplies are included. Please bring gardening gloves and clippers if available. Cost is $50 per person. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Wreath Making Workshop will be held as follows:

Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

4-H Lego Club is for children in grades 3 through 6. Members will use their imaginations to build animals, castles, and more with other children who are interested in Legos. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-353-1338, Ext. 109. 4-H Lego Club will be held as follows:

Date:  Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time:  10 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Holiday Essential Oils Workshop and Craft is for adults and children ages 15 and up. Peggy DeArmond, CCA and Jennifer Forino will teach how therapeutic-grade essential oils, including lavender, lemon, frankincense, and peppermint, can enhance your family’s health and wellness throughout the holidays and into the new year! The class will make fragrant gifts of relaxing bath salts and aromatic air fresheners for the upcoming holiday season. Cost is $25 per person. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Holiday Essential Oils Workshop and Craft will be held as follows:

Date:  Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time:  12 Noon
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Kids Make Green Gifts is for children ages 7 to 12. Give Green this holiday season by crafting and giving sustainable and alternative gifts! Make something special for your loved ones. A variety of kids’ crafts will be offered. Children can make one of each craft. Cost is $7 per child. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Kids Make Green Gifts will be held as follows:

Date:  Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time:  12 Noon
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

Horticulture for Seniors is for senior citizens. The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County present this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. This month’s topic is Artistic Designs. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. This is a free program. Advance registration is required one week prior to program. For information, call 973-379-5488 or 973-731-0717. Horticulture for Seniors will be held as follows:

Dates: Monday, December 16, 2013
Time:  1 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A 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 lingering fall migrants that call the heart of western Essex County home. Meet at Stop & Shop, 875 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell. Cost is $6 for NJA 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, December 19, 2013
Time:  8:30 a.m.
Meeting Site:  Stop & Shop
875 Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ

Little Explorers Winter Camp is for children in kindergarten to third grade. Camp sessions are available for Forest Explorers for children in kindergarten to first grade from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wildlife Adventurers for children in second and third grade from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per child for both days OR $30 per child per day. For more information, call 973-228-8776. Little Explorers Winter Camp will be held as follows:

Dates: Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27
Ages and Times: Kindergarten to First Grade, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Second and Third Grades, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

The Essex County Environmental Center is pleased to host Nature Inspired Photography by Newark resident Maria Robinson during the month of December. The Environmental Center is open Monday to Friday from 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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