Please check this page periodically for workshops and programs that we will schedule throughout the year. These programs may also include activities that our Partners within the Barnegat Bay Partnership are conducting. The location, time and fees (if applicable) will be included.

Join the 2019 "Envirothon" - an Environmental Competition for High School Students
On May 11, teams of 5 students will convene for a day-long problem-solving competition focused on environmental topics including aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and more. Teams can be representatives of their high school, a faith-based organization, scout troop, or other organized group. An optional training session is offered prior to competition day. The winning NJ team moves on to the national competition. For additional details, or to register your team, click below or call (609) 633-2549, or email Rich Belcher, Envirothon Coordinator:
New Jersey Envirothon

National Trails Day Service Project
June 1st is National Trails Day! Volunteer your time to the Plant Discovery Trail at Jakes Branch County Park. Pitch-in by planting, mulching, installing fence and a host of other tasks to get the Jersey-Friendly gardens along the trail in tiptop shape! Bring your garden gloves and be prepared to "dig-in"!
Please call 732-281-2750 to register. Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-12:00 at Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood

Build a Self-Watering Planter June 9th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Come learn how to build a 5 gallon bucket self-watering planter to grow vegetables, herbs and annuals in. All materials will be provided so you can build this planter and take it home. Learn how to grow plants in small spaces and conserve water while doing this. Opened to 25 participants, so please register early by contacting Shari Kondrup at

Fix a Leak Day July 14th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - USEPA's WaterSense program will be introduced. By upgrading to WaterSense approved fixtures, you not only conserve water, you save money as well. Learn simple upgrades to do in the bathroom and kitchen as well as how to fix a running toilet when jiggling the handle no longer works. Note: This program will only help with simple fixes that most homeowners can do with a few hand tools. A licensed plumber is recommended for anything more complicated. This event is opened to all. Register by contacting Shari Kondrup at

8 Steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard August 11th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Do your part in protecting the Barnegat Bay and Metedeconk Watersheds by installing a Jersey-Friendly Yard! Becky Laboy from the Ocean County Soil Conservation District and Karen Walzer from the Barnegat Bay Partnership will walk you through the process of creating your own Jersey-Friendly Yard. Learn how to fashion a garden through planning, testing your soil, plant selection, bed preparation and installation. These gardens not only add beauty to your landscapes, you'll be saving water and decreasing fertilizer usage, while creating habitat for birds and pollinators around your home. Register by contacting Shari Kondrup at

Composting and Vermicomposting September 15th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Join Sandra Blaine-Snow from the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management in learning how to make "Brown Gold" for your gardens by composting and recycling the right materials and how worms can help this process in creating a natural fertilizer and saving water in your gardens. Register by contacting Shari Kondrup at

3rd Annual Jersey Friendly Yards
Save-the-Date, Saturday October 19, for our 3rd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference. This year's theme is, "Putting Your Jersey-Friendly Yard to Practice". This all-day event features guest speakers, a variety of workshops to choose from, exhibitors, and lots of networking opportunities. Our two featured guest speakers will be Pat Sutton who will showcase important features of a Jersey-Friendly garden that best support wildlife, and Bruce Crawford, who will take us through the steps for designing your own Jersey-Friendly garden. More information will be provided on the Jersey-Friendly Yards website.