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Rutgers Geology Museum open house - Saturday, January 31

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Since 1968, the Rutgers Geology Museum has hosted an annual Open House and Mineral sale every January. The mineral sale is one of the largest in New Jersey, and has continued to draw hundreds of visitors every year.

Held every year on the last Saturday in January. Events take place between 9 am and 4 pm in the Geology Museum and Scott Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Check out the following links for the address and directions.

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The Friends' Freecyling in Japanese

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Can you read Japanese? Do you know of The Big Issue? The Big Issue is a not-for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. The Big Issue Japan is part of this global enterprise that offers a business response to a social problems. Established in 2003, The Big Issue Japan publishes a high-quality magazine that is sold by homeless people on the streets of major cities.

A few months ago Taro Iwata, a reporter for the Big Issue Japan, set out to write a story about Freecycling and how free exachnage of goods can help homeless people. When reserching material for the story Taro found a story on the SEBS Rutgers newsroom about Freecycling in East Brunswick, and contacted the Friends for more information.

A story about Freecycling was published in the December 15 issue of The Big Issue Japan. You can see the story below, including a photo from one of our Freecycling events. I can't read Japanese, but if you can - please translate for us!

For PDF click here: Page 1  Page 2

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County - Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 18, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension


of Middlesex County


January 2015 Happy New Year!


Calendar of Events



The following programs are available this month.


For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.


We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.



This month’s offerings are as follows:



Rutgers Environmental Steward Program


Are you concerned about the environment? Become familiar with the sciences involved.


Classes take place on Wed. evenings, 6:30- 9:30pm January to May, 2015.


Call 732-398-5275732-398-5275 for details and registration.



Attention Landscapers & Land Managers: January 12, 13, 14, 20, & 21


Rutgers Organic Land Care Certificate Course


Learn how to build healthy soil, reduce dependence on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers,


and protect the environment. Get the edge on your competition.


Call for details on credit categories.


Register today at 732-398-5275732-398-5275.



Tuesday, January 20, 7:30PM

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting


For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-846-4476732-846-4476



If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with


“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.



Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.



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Winter Birtding Day - Bald Easgles and Much More

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission led a group of hardy souls around town yesterday, taking stock of the town's winter bird life. It was dark and cold with occasional flurries - the very definition of raw. We visited Dallenback Park, Edgeboro Landfill, Duhernal and Farrington Lakes and tallied 32 species. Highlights were a brown creeper, eastern bluebirds (always nice on such an almost winter day), a possible cackling goose, hooded mergansers, ruddy, black and ring-necked ducks and most especially a pair of adult bald eagles who put on quite a show for the group at the pond on the south side of the Edgeboro Landfill:" target="_blank">

Thanks to Kirsten who kept the list!

We'll do it again in the spring.

Good birding.

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Photo credit: Steve Albert


Garden Plots Available for 2015 - returning gardeners

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Garden Plots Available for 2015

The calendar may say winter, but it’s not too early to reserve your plot in the East Brunswick Community Garden for 2015. Garden plots go quickly every year, and just a limited number remain for next spring.

This year, for the first time, returning gardeners may renew for one or two years at $10 a year.

If you register for 2015, you may continue to garden throughout the year.

For online renewals only, click here.

For more information for new or returning gardeners, send email to

Located adjacent to the municipal complex on Rues Lane, The East Brunswick Community Garden is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. The garden’s website offers timely articles, tips and tricks for gardeners, a calendar of events and information on donating surplus produce. Gardeners have donated more than a ton of surplus produce in the last few years.


Support the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Support the Friends with an end of the year donation !
The Friends of the East Brunswick (NJ, USA) Environmental Commission is a nonprofit (501 3C) organization dedicated to local conservation and environmental education.

Membership and all of the Friends events and projects are free and open to all.


Please support the Friends so we can continue bringing events and environmental project to East Brunswick. You can donate any amount by clicking on the PayPal Donate button below (You do not need a PayPal account).


All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law." target="_blank">

East Brunswick Birding Day, December 20, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Come and join us on December 20 when the Environmental Commission will lead a day of birding around the town.

We’ll hit Dahlenbach, Edgeboro Landfill, Farrington Lake, and other locations. In previous years we’ve seen Common and Hooded Mergansers, Canada Geese, Mute Swans and other wintering ducks. Raptors have included Bald Eagles, Red-tailed hawks, Black and Turkey Vultures, and Kestrels. Perching birds might include Pipits, Kinglets, and White-throated, White-crowned and Tree Sparrows, and of course the feeder contingent: Nuthatches,

chickadees, titmice, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers. We’ll meet at Crystal Springs parking lot at 8 AM and finish up in the early afternoon. Rain date , Sunday December 21st.

Shop and support the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Shopping for holiday gifts?  Please use AMAZON SMILE (click on the logo below).
Amazon will donate a precentage of your purchase to The Friends.  All donation support Friends' events and projects, that are always free and open to all.   Thank you!

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Freecycling, Rutgers studens & the Friends on the SEBS Newsroom

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Students taking an Environmental Science class at Rutgers helped during our recent Freecycling event.  Read more on the SEBS (School of Environmental and Biloloical Sciences) Newsroom website:

Rutgers student volunteers from Craig Phelps’ Intro to Environmental Science class. Phelps is in the back row, center.

Freecyling, October 26, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hundreds of people stopped by our Freecycling event to drop off things they no longer need and to find treasures to take home.

Chairs and tables, sewing machines, bread makers, pots and pans, printers, video games, clothes and shoes and many other items found new homes today. 

We thank the East Brunswick Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services for their support.

It wouldn't be a succsful event without the help of East Brunswick Youth Council members, Rutgers Environmental Science students and other volunteers who helped during the day with unloaidng cars, distributing items and directing traffic.

Special thanks to Raviv Mor, East Brunswick resident and owner of R. Mor Enterprises, for volunteering his time and equipment to make Freecyling possible." target="_blank">Click here to see more Freecyling photos

Finding treasures at the tosy section

All volunteers were wearing orange shirts

Youth Council members - late shift

Rutgers students with Dr. Craig Phelps

Raviv Mor separting what's left at the end of the day for recycling or trash

Betterly Park work day - Ocbober 18, 9am

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Butterfly Park work day, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00am-11:00am


Join the Friends and help with weeding of the flower beds and planting daffodil and tulip bulbs.


Butterfly Park is at the at the corner of Winton Road and Rues Lane.

Community Garden Harves Fest postponed - new date October 12, 2-4pm

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The East Brunswick Community Garden Harvest Fest is postpone until tomorrow.


The EB Community Garden Harves Fest will be held on October 12, 2-4pm.


Farmers Market - October 5, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Sunday, October 5, 2014


East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center

721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816

Click here for more information



Food vendors that offer locally produced foods who are interested in attending, please send an email to


Local non-for-profit organization are invited to have a table at the market for no cost. Contact the Friends for more information.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County September 2014 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)



The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

Unless otherwise noted.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.



This month’s offerings are as follows.



4-H Scrapbooking Weekend Crop ‘til You Drop


Friday, September 5, 7 pm - 11 pm


Saturday, September 6, 9 am - 10 pm


at the 4-H Log Cabin/Youth Center


645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick.


Come work on your projects alongside scrapbook veterans.


Call 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for info.


Master Gardener Program Orientation


Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30 pm or


Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30 am


Interested in the program? We are the only County that has an evening class…


Open to all throughout the state. Come to these sessions to learn what it takes.


Orientation isn’t mandatory but the class begins the following week.


Call this number for details 732-398-5278732-398-5278.



Tamarack Hollow Nature Walk with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership


Sunday, September 14th, 1PM


Hike through woodlands and wetlands to see the natural & human history of this


Middlesex County Open Space area.

Meeting Location: East end of Albrecht Avenue, East Brunswick, off Riva Avenue,

North of Church Lane. Park in Trail Head parking area East of Hillcrest Avenue.



Waterwheels Watershed Bike Tour with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership


Sunday, September 21 Registration at 8:30 am and ride starts at 9:00 am


at the LBWP Headquarters at 85 Washington Avenue, Milltown, NJ 08850


Fun, informative 26-mile ride from Milltown to the Plainsboro Preserve through rural areas.


For more information or to pre-register contact Michael at 732-828-3275732-828-3275 or

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.


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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Garden Field Day/Open House

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, August 16, The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will host their Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 AM to 3 PM. The event will take place in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick, NJ and is great day of fun for the family in a beautiful park setting (raindate for the event will be August 17). Join us for 2014’s event as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System.



The Extension Agriculture Department as well as Rutgers Master Gardeners will be on hand, offering sound advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through their various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, environmentally conscious rain garden and the popular Butterfly House. Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout out the year will also be present to display their programs and accomplishments. Davidson’s Mill Pond park is a 380 acre park with fields, trails, ponds and a lake. It is truly one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful and undiscovered parks.



Also part of the event will be, the “Greatest of the Garden” competition, so gardeners should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win prizes and recognition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for categories not limited to:


Biggest Tomato


Biggest Cucumber


Biggest Squash


Biggest Water Melon


Longest Gourd


All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.



Garden Field Day attendees can also enjoy samples of locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of local musicians. There will be “green” living displays including talks on Compost Tea and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.


For more information call 732-398-5268732-398-5268 or e-mail



In New Jersey, Cooperative Extension is part of the Rutgers University - New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station located at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and is supported by funds from county, state and federal governments as well as contracts and grants, private donations and service fees.



Rutgers Cooperative Extension focuses on extending knowledge and changing lives in New Jersey by bringing the research of Rutgers University and the land-grant university system to the people in New Jersey. Rutgers Cooperative Extension supports our state’s agriculture and provides vital services to our state’s farmers. In addition, Cooperative Extension provides educational programs, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health and economic and workforce development.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension celebrates its centennial in 2014 by commemorating the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service and by celebrating the impact the Extension system has made on people nationwide through life-changing education.


Specifically, the Act stated its purpose as aiding, “in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same. . .”


For more information on Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit" target="_blank"> and for more information on the 100th Anniversary of Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit" target="_blank">


For information on Middlesex County’s Extension office visit" target="_blank">

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Moth Night in East Brunswick Kicks Off National Moth Week This Friday

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Join the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission this week for the official kickoff of National Moth Week 2014, Friday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m. We’ll be hunting moths at Community Park, also known as Dallenbach’s Lake, located on Dunham’s Corner Road. Park in the Crystal Springs lot. The event is free and open to people of all ages.

We’ll be setting up lights and painting trees with moth bait near and in the woods, so comfortable shoes and flashlights are advised. Cameras are encouraged so you can capture the nighttime visitors to our sheets.

National Moth Week will be celebrated this year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 40 countries around the world. This citizen science project was started in East Brunswick by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in 2012 to engage and educate people about moths, their beauty and their importance to the environment. It immediately became a global initiative with hundreds of events attended by thousands of people.

If you are not in New Jersey, check our locations page to find an event in your area, or register your own.


Moths & Butterflies - book display at The Library

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Visit the East Brunswick Public Library for a display of children books about moths and butterflies.

Photo credit: Donna McEvoy

Why moths?


  • Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
  • Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
  • Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
  • Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.
  • Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.


Come to a Moth Night!  Join the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission on Friday, July 18, 8:30pm to explore night time nature. We will meet at Dallenbach lake. Click here for more information.

This Moth Night is a National Moth Week event. National Moth Week  is a global citizen science project that started here in East Brunswick.

Photo credit: Donna McEvoy


New Jersey is Where it all Started

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We’re proud that National Moth Week started in New Jersey in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. With its varied geography from seashore to mountains, New Jersey is a great state in which to observe and document moths in their habitats.

Public events for National Moth Week in New Jersey are scheduled from the northern reaches of the state to one of its southern-most counties. They include a “moth ball,” nighttime moth surveys and daytime moth hunts. They are organized by many different groups, including the N.J. Audubon Society, historic preservation sites, a state college and state agencies. Individuals also are holding private events in their own communities.

We encourage everyone who attends a National Moth Week event to bring their cameras and upload their moth photos to the websites of our partner organizations.

If you live in New Jersey, try to attend one of these events or organize your own.

Or, if you’re not in New Jersey, check out these events and those on our maps for ideas on how you can celebrate National Moth Week in your state or country.

East Brunswick Moth Night -  July 18, 8:30 p.m., Moth Night, Community Park (next to Crystal Springs) East Brunswick, sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.  More information


Media Contact: Sandra Lanman



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EB Environmental Commission's Big Day of Birding East Brunswick on May 3rd, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Osprey,   Photo credit: Steven Albert

Steven Albert, East Brusnwick Environmetnal Commission member, led the the EB Environmental Commission's Big Day of Birding East Brunswick on May 3rd, 201. He sent us this report:

A small group birded around town.  East Brunswick has a variety of environments ranging from woodland to ponds to lawns to marsh to scrubby fields to Edgeboro Landfill.  We ended up with 59 species: 7 warblers, 6 raptors, with some great looks at Baltimore Orioles, Osprey, wood thrush and magnolia, prairie and yellow warbler.

You can see some pictures here:


Here’s the list of birds identified:


Northern parula warbler

White-throated sparrow

American robin

Red-bellied woodpecker

Blue jay

Yellow-rumped warbler

Carolina wren

Carolina chickadee

House wren

Northern cardinal

Laughing gull

American crow

Gray catbird

Common grackle

Red-winged blackbird

Canada goose

Tufted titmouse

Mourning dove

Baltimore oriole

Chipping sparrow

Eastern phoebe

Wood thrush

Turkey vulture


Northern flicker

Magnolia warbler

Prairie warbler

Great egret

Song sparrow


Belted kingfisher


Northern rough-winged swallow

Yellow warbler


Black vulture

Fish crow

Barn swallow

Tree swallow

Red-tailed hawk

Common yellowthroat

Ring-billed gull


Least sandpiper


Savannah sparrow

Brown-headed cowbird


Mute swan

Purple martin

Great blue heron

Great black-backed gull

Herring gull

Double-crested cormorant


White-breasted nuthatch

Northern harrier


House sparrow