Option Green is a lecture series exploring local to global environmental topics.

Co-sponsored with the East Brunswick Public Library.

 All programs begin at 7 p.m, at The Library

Admission is free.

 

Wednesday, September 19: Discovering Natural NJ:  from High Point to Cape May

Jim Peck will show his photos and discuss beautiful and little known natural areas found all across our diverse state. He has traveled through NJ for the past 12 years exploring and writing the Trail Mix nature column for the Home News Tribune. He has also visited 49 states with just North Dakota to go.

Jim is an amateur naturalist and worked for over three years as the Education Director of the American Littoral Society, a coastal conservation non-profit located on Sandy Hook. He also serv

ed for three years as the Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills working to educate the public and restore native plants in the 16 acres. 

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   Jim stands next to Big Rock, one of the largest glacial erratics in the state.

 Jim stands next to Big Rock, one of the largest glacial erratics in the state

 

Wednesday, October 18: Birding in East Brunswick

Steven Albert has been an avid birder for over 50 years, ever since a Downy woodpecker in a tree in his apartment courtyard caught his eye. He's lived in East  Brunswick for 30 years and frequently birds around town, and in his backyard.  As a member of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission he's been leading bird walks around town in the winter and spring. East Brunswick has a variety of habitats, from the grassy meadows of Heavenly Farms to the woodlands of Dallenbachs and small woodlots everywhere.  There are the open spaces of Edgeboro Landfill and its surrounding marshes, the lakes and ponds of Dallenbachs, Farrington, and Abraham Shalit Park.  Our town hosts a surprising variety of summer breeders, overwintering raptors and waterfowl, migrants and local residents.  Join him for a visual tour of these local birding hotspots and some of the more than 200 species that have been observed in East Brunswick.  

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Past events (since 2017)

 

August 2, 2017 Honeybee Basics, An EB Public Library event, co-sponsored with the Friends EBEC.   

Find out what all the buzz is about in a ceybee hive! Join beekeeper Angela Juffey as you discover the social structure of these valuable pollinators, their process of making honey, and the role of the beekeeper (which may be YOU someday), in maintaining the balance.

July 2017 -  Reading to Action, An EB Public Library event, co-sponsored with the Friends EBEC.

July 26, 7 pm - Unstoppable Book Discussion          July 29, 10 am - Park Cleanup at Heavenly Farms

Wednesday, May 24: “New Jersey’s Climate Variability and Change New Jersey State Climatologist and Rutgers Geography Professor David Robinson will discuss what’s happening to New Jersey’s climate in an era of heightened interest in climate change, its causes and impacts.

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Wednesday, April 26: “Hydroculture” Stephanie Alea, a field researcher in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers, will discuss hydroculture – growing plants in a soil-free medium. She holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Rutgers and managed the display greenhouse at International Flavors and Fragrances, where she gained experience in hydroculture. She also holds a master’s in public health in epidemiology from Florida International University.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017: “Salamander Migration” East Brunswick Environmental Commission Chairman Dr. David Moskowitz will discuss the annual migration of salamanders, an important ecological event. After noticing that salamanders were crossing Beekman Road in large numbers on rainy, early spring evenings to lay their eggs in vernal pools on the other side, Moskowitz urged the creation of the East Brunswick Vernal Pool Protection Plan, which features annual closures of Beekman Road to allow these amphibians to safely reach their breeding habitats. Each year, these closures draw people from throughout the area to observe this natural phenomenon.

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