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Earth Day Every Day Webinar Series

Our Earth Day, Every Day webinar series focuses on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from environmentally-friendly lawn care, to recycling, to conducting a home energy audit. These actions, more than ever, start at home.


Join us on Monday at 6:30pm to learn from experts at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. These live, interactive sessions are approximately 1 hour. To join you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Sessions are provided via Zoom.

2021 Sessions: 
March 8, 2021 Starting a Native Plant Garden: New to native plant gardening? Not sure which native plants will thrive where you live? Angela Monaghan, Master Gardener Coordinator for Middlesex County, taught us how to start native plants from seed back in the fall (EarthDay2020 is the recording password). Angela had so much fun with us that she's BACK to help you plan your new native plant habitat. She'll cover garden site assessment, finding the best native plants for your area, and how to provide resources for pollinators and other beneficial creatures in your garden.

March 15, 2021 Responsible Stewardship of New Jersey's Marine Resources: The Jersey coast and all that it has to offer ‘shore’ could use your help! We need to protect the health of our coastal marine ecosystems to continue and enjoy recreational opportunities, tourism, and local seafood. Join Doug Zemeckis, Marine Extension Agent for Ocean, Atlantic, and Monmouth Counties to learn what you can do while being on or near the water in our coastal watersheds.

March 22, 2021 Let's Not Pass the Buck: Deer Management in New Jersey Most of us have been impacted by deer overpopulation issues in NJ: vehicular accidents, Lyme disease, losses in agricultural crops, and damage in landscapes and gardens.  Gene Huntington, lead consultant at Steward Green, former Director of Research & Natural Resources at Duke Farms, will discuss our responsibilities when it comes to implementing effective deer management solutions. Gene will review nonlethal and lethal management options and present a case study that is working well as a model in NJ for managing deer issues in an urban environment.

March 29, 2021 RU Wildlife Wise: Spring Babies! Tips for Helping Injured or Orphaned Wildlife: As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, spring will emerge chock full of newborn wildlife! In the spring, it is common to come upon young animals that appear injured or orphaned in your own backyard or neighborhood. In this webinar, Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Wildlife Conservation and Management Program will provide important tips for understanding animal parental care, as well as guidance for determining when young wildlife are in need of human intervention.  Types of wildlife to be discussed will include birds, deer, squirrels, fox, bats, turtles, and more!

April 5, 2021 Infusing EcoTherapy Into Your Life: Are you stressed out with today's daily challenges? Let nature help you hit the reset button! Learn how the outdoors can help you find focus, clarity, better sleep, maintain presence, and add much needed calm in our busy lives. Come learn about the role of nature and the outdoors in creating mindfulness, as well as some practices you can easily do on your own at home to keep you in a healthy balance.

April 12, 2021 From Rain Gardens to Rain Barrels; Protecting Watersheds at Home: What we do on our home landscapes impacts water quality in local streams, rivers, and lakes. Everything from fertilizer to pet waste becomes pollution once it gets into rainwater runoff. Learn what you can do to protect local water quality with Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties. This session is conducted in partnership with the Manalapan Brook Watershed Restoration Project and funded by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

April 19, 2021 Food Systems and Climate Change: Join Xenia Morin, Associate Professor with the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) to learn how our food systems are connected to climate change. You'll learn how many of the top 100 climate solutions proposed by Project Drawdown are related to food systems, and how you can reduce your impact at home through food.

April 26, 2021 Trees, Wonderful Trees: Celebrate Arbor Day with us! With over 100 species of trees in NJ, it can be challenging to decide what should be in your yard and where to find reliable tree information. We'll discuss that with Jason Grabosky, Rutgers Professor in Urban Forestry as well as the ecological services trees provide…and how that might influence placement on your property. Knowing that the climate is causing changes in the structure of our forests, how might you make a choice for the landscape of today on a promise of 70 years?