Conservation Education

2017 Envirothon Current Competition – New Jersey Envirothon  

A Natural Resources Problem Solving Competition for Students Grades 9-12
Students are presented with a specific topic each year to help them understand the importance of environmental issues.

Click this link for more information: http://www.njenvirothon.org/current-competition.html

2017 Conservation Poster Contest

The 2017 theme is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life“. Download the contest application. The entry deadline is February 28, 2017.

Entries by students residing in or attending school (Gr 2-12) in Hudson, Essex, and Passaic Counties will be accepted at the Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District until close of business 4pm February 28, 2017. Posters are grouped for judging by grade level: Grades 2-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9 & Grades 10-12. Winning entries from each District will be forwarded to Trenton to compete statewide for judging. State winners will go on to compete nationwide in the contest held by the National Association of Conservation Districts. The artwork of the State Grand Champion will be reproduced on folders which will be distributed for educational purposes.

The posters are evaluated on the following criteria:

• Conservation message (50 percent) (Poster uses correct theme)

• Visual effectiveness (30 percent)

• Originality (10 percent) and

• Universal appeal (10 percent)

• Also taken into consideration artwork is completed on poster is that of participant (unless noted on entry form)

Late entries will not be considered for judging.

HEPSCD Celebrates “Take Your Child to Work Day” April 28, 2016

The children of District Inspector Matt D’Alessandro learned about erosion controls such as filter fabric on the storm inlet shown above.

 

  

 

 

 

 

Jersey-Friendly Yards

Anyone can create a Jersey-Friendly Yard. Learn how to create a beautiful landscape that does no harm to the environment. Find a variety of resources to help home and property owners learn about environmentally sound landscaping techniques at http://www.jerseyyards.org/

Pollinator Garden

above-District staff member Janet Rekesius plants shrubs with North Haledon’s Junior Girl Scouts

Pollinator Demonstration Garden

The North Haledon Green Team worked with the Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District and the NJ Association of Conservation Districts to obtain plants native to New Jersey which serve as food sources for pollinators.

The garden beautifies the area along the bicycle path and community garden, and will provide valuable habitat for beneficial insects. Up to 75% of our nation’s agriculture depends on butterflies, honeybees, and native bees including bumblebees for pollination in order to produce crops, yet development and pesticide use have reduced populations of these valuable insects drastically. The new Pollinator Garden will consist of flowering shrubs and perennials that are expected to attract hummingbirds, butterflies – including the Monarch, which is being considered for Endangered Species protection – and other pollinators. These pollinators will also visit the crops in the Community Garden, increasing yields.

The Green Team invites you to visit the garden in summer to enjoy the blooms and butterflies!

Update: June 24, 2015 – the garden has achieved certification as a Monarch Waystation.

ID: 11016

Certified: 6/24/15

RegistrantName: Borough Of North Haledon

HabitatName: Pollinator Demonstration Garden

HabitatCity: North Haledon

HabitatState: NJ

HabitatZip: 07508

HabitatCountry: U.S.A.

Latitude: 40.9567

Longitude: -74.1885

Type: Suburban

Location: Community Garden/Park

Size: Medium (200-499 sq ft)

Shelter: 11-20

Milkweeds: Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Annuals-Biennials: Pentas (Pentas spp.), Verbena/Vervain (Verbena spp.)

Perennials: Bee Balm (Monarda spp.), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Blazingstar/Gayfeather (Liatris spp.), Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)

 

 

2015 Conservation Poster Contest

The poster contest is sponsored by the NJ Dept. of Agricultures and the NJ Association of Conservation Districts. The contest theme was “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

Entries by students residing in or attending school (Gr 2-12) in Hudson, Essex, and Passaic Counties were accepted at the Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District until February 27, 2015. Posters were grouped for judging by grade level: Grades 2-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9 & Grades 10-12. Winning entries from each District will be forwarded to Trenton to compete statewide for judging. State winners will go on to compete nationwide in the contest held by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

The posters are evaluated on the following criteria:

• Conservation message (50 percent) (Poster uses correct theme)

• Visual effectiveness (30 percent)

• Originality (10 percent) and

• Universal appeal (10 percent)

• Also taken into consideration artwork is completed on poster is that of participant (unless noted on entry form)

Congratulations to Milena Tjin for her 2nd place finish statewide in the 7th-9th Grade category! Her work is pictured below:

 

2014 Conservation Poster Contest

The poster contest is sponsored by the NJ Dept. of Agricultures and the NJ Association of Conservation Districts. The contest theme was “Dig Deeper: Mysteries of the Soil”.

 

Above work by Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District Winner Erin Chen

 

  2014 Envirothon – “Sustainable Local Agriculture / Locally Grown”

2014 New Jersey Envirothon washeld on Saturday May 3, 2014 at:

The School of Conservation

1 Wapalanne Rd

Branchville, NJ 07826

The Envirothon is a dynamic hands-on Environmental Education Program for high school students. Teams of students who wish to compete in the state-level Envirothon competition explore different natural resource related topics throughout the school year, including soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife ecology and current environmental issues.As they strengthen their background in natural resources, students practice working in teams, considering information and differing viewpoints to reach a decision through consensus and teamwork. One of the purposes of this program is to encourage students to become better-informed, active participants in natural resource management and problem solving.

 

Teams may visit www.njenvirothon.org for additional information and registration. Questions may be directed to Rich Belcher at 609-292-5540 or richard.belcher@ag.state.nj.us .

 

2013 Soil Conservation Poster Contest

 

The 2013 poster contest theme is “Where Does Your Water Shed?”

Grace Ming won 1st place for Grade 10-12 and was selected the Grand Champion to go on to compete nationally. Theresults are in – Grace Ming placed 1st nationwide for Grade 10-12. Her winning entry is pictured below. Well done!

For additional information regarding conservation education, please consult NJ Agriculture and Natural Resources.