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FALL 2009 / WINTER 2010
Join us at a variety of programs offered at the Prudential Outdoor Learning Center and journey toward a life-long appreciation of living things and commitment to nature. Greater Newark Conservancy brings the wonders of nature and the urban environment to life through interactive, hands-on activities throughout the year.

PAGE 3 Calendar of Events PAGE 4 Community Greening 18th Annual City Gardens Contest Reception & Ceremony Adult Workshops & Field Trips PAGE 5 Family Time Discovery Box Loan Collection PAGES 6 & 7 Group Field Trips Professional Development Workshops

Greater Newark Conservancy 972 Broad Street, 8th floor Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 642-4646

Program Site: (unless otherwise specified)
Prudential Outdoor Learning Center 32 Prince Street, Newark FREE On-site Parking

Visit our Website: www.citybloom.org

(No mail accepted at program site. Please send all correspondence to office.)

Conservancy Staff
Administration Robin L. Dougherty Executive Director Jagruti Mehta Director of Finance Michele Robinson Director of Programs Brian H. Morrell Director of Development Suzanne F. Anderson Grant Consulant Margaret Carpen Annual Fund and Special Events Manager Linda Seelbach Development Associate Desireé Johnson Office Manager Education Robert Sikora Director of Education Michelle Kovatch Outdoor Learning Center Manager Anne Ajamian Education Program Coordinator Sarah O’Leary Education Program Coordinator Alice Wade Education Program Coordinator Alisha Rogers Environmental Educator Community Greening Lee Stronstorff Community Greening Coordinator Bethy Whalen Community Greening Assistant Horticulture Christopher Yandoli Horticulturist Carlos Hidalgo Field Manager Ron Hoglund Assistant Gardener Job Training Herbie Zabala NPRI Program Manager

Welcome to Greater Newark Conservancy
Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey's urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, beautification of neighborhoods, job training opportunities and environmental justice advocacy. Our guiding principle is to encourage and highlight community empowerment, pride and self-sufficiency and to foster a lifelong appreciation of our natural world for thousands of urban residents each year. Greatest emphasis is placed on working with schools, community groups, youth organizations, senior citizens, intergenerational groups and adolescent urban youth.

Letter from the Executive Director:
Welcome to the Fall 2009/Winter 2010 Programs Brochure! As New Jersey voters step into the polls this November, they will also be faced with voting on the Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009. This referendum will determine if $400 million in bonds should be issued to continue the state's efforts to preserve clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, working farms, historic places, and forests. Please remember to vote on November 3! This Fall, we are excited to offer some your favorite events and programs, such Thanksgiving Centerpiece Arrangement Making, the Newark Tree Give Away and the City Gardens Awards Ceremony (now in its 19th year!) once again. In addition, we are especially pleased to offer revamped “Family Time in the Garden” featuring some exciting new offerings such as “Chili In Winter!” and “Chocolate is the Answer…Who Cares What the Question is!” The little ones are sure to love Tot Time Tuesdays, featuring “Gobble Gobble Gourd” and “Wee Bugs”. Field Trips and Professional Development Workshops have also been revamped so I hope you will check them out too. On October 24, the Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center will be open from 10am-1pm for the Family Fun Festival. There will be fun events for the entire family…for the kids: a costume parade through the garden complete with “trick or treat” stations and craft tables; for the adults: a tree give away to Newark Residents, a plant sale and more. Please stop by and visit us this Fall!

Robin L. Dougherty PS—The Conservancy’s Biennial City Bloom Gala will be taking place Spring 2010. More details to follow!

Help us save trees! If you would rather receive upcoming Program Brochures via email, please let us know. Check the box on page 7 or send an email to gnc@citybloom.org. Please be sure to include your name and preferred email address.


Greater Newark Conservancy Fall 2009/ Winter 2010 Programs

Greater Newark Conservancy Calendar of Events

Fall 2009/Winter 2010

All events take place at Greater Newark Conservancy's Outdoor Learning Center, 32 Prince St., Newark, NJ, unless otherwise specified. Call (973) 642-4646 for additional information or if you have questions about Conservancy Calendar events.

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Flower Barrel Delivery, 9am–5pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 8:30–10:30am

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Flower Barrel Pick Up, 4–6:30pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 4–6:30pm Trip: Alba Vineyards Grand Harvest Festival, 10:30am–5:30pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 8:30–10:30am Adult Workshop: Composting 101, 6-7pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 4–6:30pm Family Time: Paper Making, noon–1:30pm Trip: Apple Picking at Terhune Orchards, 9:30am–2:30pm Tot Time Tuesday: A Garden of Rhythm and Rhyme, 10–11am City Gardens Awards Ceremony, NJIT, 6pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 8:30–10:30am Family Fun Festival, 10am–1pm Flower Barrel Pick Up, 10am–1pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 10am–1pm Flower Barrel Pick Up, 4–6:30pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 4–6:30pm Flower Barrel Delivery, 9am–5pm

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Tot Time Tuesday: Wee Bugs, 10–11am Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 4–6:30pm Family Time: Chocolate is the Answer…, 11am–12:30pm Adult Workshop: Plants and Healing, 6–7pm Home Garden Supply Pickup, 8:30–10am Flower Barrel Delivery, 9am–5pm Poinsettia Order Deadline Tot Time Tuesday: Gobble Gobble Gourd, 10–11am Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 4–6:30pm Flower Barrel Pick Up, 4–6:30pm Home Garden Supply Pickup & Tree Give Away, 8:30–10:30am

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Tot Time Tuesday: Animals in the Garden Corporate Poinsettia Deliveries Professional Development Workshop: Project Wet: Water Education for Teachers, 9am–3pm Community Poinsettia Pick Up at OLC, 4:30–6:30pm

Family Time: Chili in Winter!, noon–1:30pm

Greater Newark Conservancy Fall 2009/ Winter 2010 Programs


Community Greening Outreach (individuals, families, organizations and block associations)
Beautify your property with barrels made for planting lush blooming flowers! The Conservancy delivers flower barrels to individual home owners and businesses on specific delivery dates only. To ensure delivery place orders at least a week in advance of desired delivery date. Use the Registration form on page 11 and be sure to indicate pick up or delivery date. Delivered barrels MUST be prepaid. Price includes delivery, barrel, soil and starter flowers. Please note that there is a $5 discount for barrel pick up; soil and starter flower will NOT be provided on pick up orders.

Before starting your home garden come on down to the Outdoor Learning Center on the following dates and receive garden supplies. Supplies are limited per person. There is a suggested donation of $5 per bag of mulch or compost. Also, FREE trees will be given to Newark residents. Choose from gingko, sugar maple, sweetgum and serviceberry.

Wednesdays, 8:30–10:30am
September 30 October 7 & 21 November 18

Plastic Barrel $35 Wooden Oak Barrel $32
Delivery only: 9am– 5pm

Thursdays, 4–6:30pm
October 1, 8 & 29 November 5 & 12

Saturday, September 26 Saturday, October 31 Saturday, November 14
Pick-up at the Outdoor Learning Center at times indicated

Saturday, 10am–1pm
October 24

Thursday, October 1: 4–6:30pm Saturday, October 24: 10am–1pm Thursday, October 29: 4–6:30pm Wednesday, November 18: 8:30–10:30am

19th Annual City Gardens Contest Reception & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 15, 2009 5pm - Reception 6pm - Ceremony

Adult Workshops and Field Trips
Saturday, October 3
Come tour the 2009 New Jersey Winery of Year for the Grand Harvest Festival. Sample award winning wine, enjoy music, vendors, fresh local food and learn about the rich history of this historic vineyard and its current production successes . Time: 10:30am–5:30pm Fee: $25

Thursday, November 12
Join Lourdes Lebron as she discusses various plants and herbs that can be used for healing our bodies. From traditional herbal preparations to not so commonly known plants, Lourdes will discuss the healing effects of plants and how they are used in Reiki, a popular Japanese healing technique. Time: 6–7pm Fee: $5

New Jersey Institute of Technology Campus Center 150 Bleeker Street Newark, NJ 07102
Greater Newark Conservancy will honor the entrants and prize-winning participants in this year’s 19th Annual City Gardens Contest. The Awards Ceremony is the culmination of the contest, during which many of beautiful flower and vegetable gardens are judged in 14 categories, including Best Home, Best City Block and Best Art in the Garden. Come view Newark’s best and often-hidden gardens. There will be a presentation showcasing the winners, light refreshments and door prizes given away throughout the evening.

Wednesday, October 7
More than just dirt, compost can do wonders for your garden. Learn the art of composting—easy ways you can start composting, materials to use and how your garden will benefit. Participants will take home a bag of compost. Time: 6–7pm Fee: $5

Monday, November 23
Create a long lasting fresh flower arrangement for your Thanksgiving table. We will discuss proper floral design techniques and how to keep your arrangement looking fresh for the holiday and beyond. All materials will be supplied. Time: 6–7pm Fee: $25, includes supplies

Tickets are free, but seats are limited!!! To RSVP, please call Desireé at (973) 642-4646, ext. 10 or email gnc@citybloom.org by October 4th.

Saturday, October 10
Take a trip to Terhune Orchards and stock up on fresh apples for the fall and winter. There will be over 11 varieties of apples available. Music, baked goods and fun activities for the kids will also be available. Time: 9:30am–2:30pm Fee: $7


Greater Newark Conservancy Fall 2009/ Winter 2010 Programs

Family Time in the Garden
Saturday, October 10
Release your inner artist. Using herbs, flowers, plants, and recycled paper, families will create their own piece of art. Each family member will create and take their personalized paper for display, as stationary – or even a Halloween Card! Time: Noon–1:30pm Fee: $5 per person.


Tuesday, December 1
Home is where the heart is! Many animals call a garden home including the lovable, troublemaking rabbit from the Beatrix Potter story, Peter Rabbit! You and your toddler will enter the magical world of Peter Rabbit through a story, songs and crafts. We’ll visit our greenhouse garden and crawl under the fence just like Peter Rabbit does in the Tale of Peter Rabbit! Time: 10–11am

Tot Times is a fun, activity-filled, preschool program featuring songs, finger and action rhymes, stories and movement. It is especially designed for moms, dads, grandparents, toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 2 to 4 with adult; no older siblings please! Preregistration required. Fee: $14 per adult/child pair. All Tot Times programs include a take-a-way craft and a healthy snack. Limit two toddlers per adult.

Saturday, November 7
Families love chocolate, so bring the family and join us for a chocolate adventure. We’ll grab a chocolate bar and explore how the tasty secret of the cacao tree was discovered 2,000 years ago in Americas’ tropical rainforests. Learn and taste easy, fun family chocolate recipes like Pumpkin Truffles – just in time for Thanksgiving! Sample chocolate bars, hot cocoa, even Mexican dishes with chocolate mole sauce. Free cocoa seeds kits available to grow your own tree. Time: 11am–12:30pm Fee: $10 adults / $5 children 12 and under

Tuesday, October 20
The garden is a magical place filled with treasures of sight and sound. You and your child will explore the music and sounds of our garden. Enjoy movement and music- making, exploration of plants as instruments and joining in plant- inspired rhymes and songs. Time: 10–11am

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held at the Outdoor Learning Center, 32 Prince Street, Newark, NJ. Free, on-site, fenced in parking is available.

Tuesday, November 3
You and your child explore the world of wee bugs in the garden. As toddlers become aware of the various creatures found in nature, many develop a fascination with insects. Encourage their interest with a fun hour of insect themed music, games, books, and crafts. Time: 10–11am

Participants MUST PREPAY all fees to be considered registered for a workshop or trip. Workshops and trips can be cancelled due to insufficient registration or inclement weather. Call (973) 642-4646, ext. 33 for workshop or trip updates and to confirm it is being held.

Saturday, February 6
Warm your soul as your family explores the world of chili – both hot and sweet – with food, music, and “chili crafts”. Sample chilies – meat and vegetarian, sample salsas from around the world, and visit our Pepper Discovery Table with fun family chili recipes – all while listening to sizzling music from international “chili cultures”. Time: Noon–1:30pm Fee: $10 adults / $5 children 12 and under

Trip and Workshop Cancellation/Refund Policy:
In the event a trip or workshop is cancelled by the Conservancy, fees will be refunded or a credit applied to a future workshop or trip. If a registrant cancels 48 hours or more in advance, a full refund or credit toward a future workshop or trip will be issued. If a registrant cancels less than 48 hours in advance or does not attend a workshop or trip, no refund or credit will be issued.

Tuesday, November 17
November is a fun time for Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts. You and your child will explore songs and stories of Thanksgiving. Toddlers create their own take home “gourd” turkeys using a gourd, a cousin to the pumpkin. Pumpkin pie samples offered after a chorus of “Pumpkin, Pumpkin Yummy Pie”! Time: 10–11am

Discovery Box Loan Collection (school classes and after-school programs)
Discovery Boxes contain one month’s worth of lessons, lesson materials (for 25 students), classroom display materials and a comprehensive Teacher's Guide. All Discovery Boxes correlate to the NJCCCS (NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards), which are included in the Teacher’s Guide. Delivery of Boxes: Discovery Boxes are delivered for free to Newark schools and picked-up at the end of the loan period. Teachers at schools outside of Newark may arrange to pick-up Discovery Boxes, Monday through Friday, between 8:30-5pm at the Conservancy.

FOOD SCIENCE Grade level: 5–8 Study nutrition, the science of food product development and the many careers in food science. LENAPE LIFE Grade level: 3–6
Unearth the rich culture of the Lenape people. Experience their music, language and crafts.


Grade level: 5–8 Journey to Nelson Mandela’s South Africa. Learn the important role gardening played during his 27-year imprisonment.

URBAN WILDLIFE Grade level: K–6 Introduce your students to the joys of nature through learning about the diversity of urban plant and animal life. WONDERS OF WEATHER Grade level: K–3 Observe weather and discover the fascinating world of meteorology.

Examine the solid waste problem threatening our environment. Learn the importance of and how-to reduce, reuse and recycle.

SEEDS Grade level: 3–8 Explore the world of seeds from pollination to dispersal. Use seed catalogues to learn about planting methods and germination.

Greater Newark Conservancy Fall 2009/ Winter 2010 Programs


Prudential Outdoor Learning Center Group Field Trips (school classes, scout troops, youth organizations, community and religious groups)
Program Schedule:
Pre-K and K Programs are 60 Minutes All Other Programs are 90 Minutes Monday – Friday Morning 9:30–11:30am Afternoon 12–2:00pm Saturday – Sunday Morning 9:00–11:00am Afternoon 12–2:00pm

You and students discover the wonder of bees! After captivating bee story, students become bees – collecting pollen with their very own pollen baskets and even learn the bee waggle dance.

Students learn that food is like fuel to our body and explore which type of food provides the most benefits. Your students will learn what to eat, when to eat it, how much to eat and more.

Grades 1 to 3
Join us for the wild side of the city. From Ladybugs to Mammals, Birds to Earthworms, your students will explore where and how plants and animals live in our urban environment. Students will learn about the behaviors, adaptations, habitat requirements, and characteristics of urban wildlife.

Students learn the history and environmental impacts of land use. Given the “tools” to design a sustainable city – students make decisions about buildings, businesses, services, and housing. Students prepare a map and give presentations on different aspects of their renewed city.

Registration (pre-registration required):
Fee: $100 for Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs / Maximum 20 students $200 for Grades 1 to 8 Programs / Maximum 25 students Scholarships are available for Field Trips. Please call for an application. Larger groups can be accommodated upon request. Call Greater Newark Conservancy at (973) 6424646 to reserve your date. Book six or more programs and receive a 15% discount off the cost.

Your students will explore the fascinating world of insects. Metamorphosis, insect anatomy, and insect impacts on human society are among the topics covered by this program. Program culminates in an insect safari.

Seasonal Programs
December – February Grades 3 to 5 Bring your students into the warmth of our working greenhouse. Introduce students to greenhouse horticulture and plants ranging from tropical to desert. Through hands-on activities, students learn plant parts, proper plant care, and the many tasks required keeping a greenhouse working in the winter.

Location: Outdoor Learning Center 32 Prince Street, Newark, NJ Program Descriptions:
• All lessons correlate to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS); • All programs can be adapted to meet special needs • Adult programs available through special arrangement • All programs are interdisciplinary • Unless otherwise noted, all programs run rain or shine.

Grades 4 to 6
Students will develop an increased awareness of drinking water. Beginning with an interactive Water Cycle Game, your students will discover the impacts of non-point source pollution, and limits of water filtration.

December – March Grades 3 to 5 We might not see an animal but we know it's there! You might think the plants are dead, but they are only sleeping! While exploring the Garden, students will search for tracks, scat, and other signs of animal activity. Learn how and why animals and plants use special adaptations to survive winter’s harsh weather.

Students discover how these wriggling creatures turn garbage into rich compost. In examining an active worm bin, your students will explore a rich compost ecosystem with food web; and examine the worm’s anatomy and natural history.

Pre-K and Kindergarten
Your students will learn about veggies; what parts we eat, what they look like in the ground. After reading “Growing Vegetable Soup,” students plant veggie seeds to take back to school.

Grades 5 to 8
Introduce your students to South Africa, apartheid, and Nelson Mandela – Prisoner, Rooftop Food Gardener. Your students will explore the biomes, plants, and culture of South Africa. Discover why Mandela saw the garden as a metaphor for certain aspects of his life.

December – March Grades 6 to 8 Students explore the many aspects of winter ecology from animal and plant adaptations to importance of ice on ponds. Students explore the special challenges and adaptations of life in the winter, including options for overwintering success: migration, hibernation, resistance.

October to November / April to June Students travel on a nature journey to discover a garden filled with the colors, textures, and shapes of plants and flowers. After a story, students become animals of the garden in a engaging game to collect their food.

Professional Development Workshops (teachers and adults)
• The hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons in our workshops build outdoor knowledge and skills, increase environmental awareness and confidence, and develop environmental leadership abilities for K-12 teachers. • Workshops are FREE (unless otherwise specified) to individual teachers and include all workshop materials. • Some books sold separately. The Conservancy does not profit from book sales. • Workshops can be adapted for special needs students. • Special arrangements can be made for group trainings and for on-site In-Service days. Call us to customize and schedule a workshop at your school for your teachers. Please call Robert Sikora, Director of Education, at 973.642.4646, ext. 21 to discuss scheduling, program content and fees.

Greater Newark Conservancy Outdoor Learning Center 32 Prince Street, Newark, NJ


Greater Newark Conservancy Fall 2009/ Winter 2010 Programs

Professional Development Workshops (teachers and adults)
Sample workshops: Call for Complete list. NURTURE NATURE
Grade level: Pre K–1 Early childhood educators will be introduced to nature using the five senses as the platform for field exploration. Learn how to use the environment to teach about colors, shapes, textures, numbers, and movement.

Grade level: Pre K–3 Teachers will learn to move beyond the walls of a typical indoor classroom and discover the amazing stories nature has to tell. Utilize local habitats to meet and assess state learning goals using new interdisciplinary, place-based activities.

Tuesday, December 2
Deadline to Register: November 18 This hands-on workshop will show educators how to introduce water issues in their classroom. Each participant receives a Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide! This 517 page guide contains 91 multidisciplinary hands-on activities for students grades K-12. Time: 9am- 3pm Fee: $15

Greater Newark Conservancy Program Registration Form
1. Complete registration form below. Be sure to include phone number so we can contact you in case of questions.

Greater Newark Conservancy Attention: Registration Department 972 Broad Street, 8th floor Newark, New Jersey 07102

Greater Newark Conservancy Attention: Registration Department Fax: (973) 642-2218 (Credit card payment required)

Greater Newark Conservancy Telephone: (973) 642-4646 (Credit card payment required)

Please make sure we have your current email address so we can send you our monthly “e-Bloom” newsletter.
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Flower Barrel Request:
I Deliver Saturday, September 26 I Deliver Saturday, October 31 I Deliver Saturday, November 14 Pick-ups at Outdoor Learning Center I I I I Pick-up Thursday, October 1, 4–6:30pm Pick-up Saturday, October 24, 10am–1pm Pick-up Thursday, October 29, 4–6:30pm Pick-up Wednesday, November 18, 8:30–10:30am

Payment Options:
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Deduct $5 per barrel if picking up. (No Flowers/Soil) # of $35 Plastic Barrels # of $32 Wooden Oak Barrels Total Barrel cost: $

Greater Newark Conservancy Fall 2009/ Winter 2010 Programs



Greater Newark Conservancy
972 Broad Street, 8th floor Newark, NJ 07102 www.citybloom.org

Saturday October 24, 2009, 10am–1pm

Annual Poinsettia Sale
Nothing says “Holidays” quite like a beautiful, poinsettia from Greater Newark Conservancy.
Order beautiful long lasting poinsettias from the Conservancy and bring holiday cheer to your home, place of worship or business. Proceeds from poinsettia sales benefit educational and community programs. All orders must be placed by November 16. Corporate orders will be delivered December 1–3 (small delivery fee for locations outside of Newark; based on distance). Community orders can be picked up on December 4 & 5, between 4:30–6:30pm at the Outdoor Learning Center, 32 Prince Street, Newark. Please call 973.642.4646 to request an order form.

Join our merry-not-so scary fun festival! Kids, 4 to 8 years old, join in our pumpkin path costume
garden parade (11:30am) with prizes for every child & trick-or-treat stations.

Free craft tables – even make your own creepy head band! Free cider and free pumpkin raffles. Free t-shirts for the first 100 visitors. Free tree gives away for Newark residents. Our great indoor plant sale offers great plants for
home or gifts.

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