March 2022 Events 

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Bergen Passaic Delaware Bayshores Essex Highland Park Hudson Hunterdon Jersey Shore Rancocas Nature Center Southeast Sussex Other Events


NPSNJ Book Club - Next Meeting:

Monday, March 28th. 7:00pm - 8:00pm on Zoom
Book: "Bicycling With Butterflies" by Sara Dykman

Book club is a members only event and due to the casual online atmosphere it is limited to 75 people. Kim Correro will host with special guest co-host Mary Anne Borge.

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Winner of the 2021 National Outdoor Book Award! Sara Dykman made history when she became the first person to bicycle alongside monarch butterflies on their storied annual migration—a round-trip adventure that included three countries and more than 10,000 miles. Equally remarkable, she did it solo, on a bike cobbled together from used parts. Her panniers were recycled buckets.

In Bicycling with Butterflies, Dykman recounts her incredible journey and the dramatic ups and downs of the nearly nine-month odyssey. We're beside her as she navigates unmapped roads in foreign countries, checks roadside milkweed for monarch eggs, and shares her passion with eager schoolchildren, skeptical bar patrons, and unimpressed border officials. We also meet some of the ardent monarch stewards who supported her efforts, from citizen scientists and researchers to farmers and high-rise city dwellers.

With both humor and humility, Dykman offers a compelling story, confirming the urgency of saving the threatened monarch migration—and the other threatened systems of nature that affect the survival of us all.--

About Mary Anne Borge Mary Anne is a naturalist, photographer, author and educator. She is the editor of Butterfly Gardener magazine, a naturalist and instructor at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. She is the team leader for Lambertville Goes Wild,, a volunteer organization that successfully led the City of Lambertville to certification as a community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. At her blog,, Mary Anne writes about and illustrates with her photography the importance of native plants to all life.

About Kim Correro Kim Correro is a co-leader of NPSNJ's Hudson County Chapter and an avid home gardener. She recognizes the life sustaining benefits of planting natives and recently had her yard certified as a natural wildlife habitat. She is committed to supporting conservation work that protects and preserves the planet's biodiversity, and has become a champion of a plant-based lifestyle, proving that plants have the power to heal the body. She is currently enrolled in the 2022 Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program. Follow on Instagram @kimcorrero  

Bergen Passaic Chapter

Bergen Passaic Chapter ---- Meeting:

Viceroy butterfly laying eggs on willow, its caterpillar host plant

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Bergen/Passaic Chapter meeting:
"Native Host Plants for New Jersey Butterflies"
Sharon Wander

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Most of our beautiful butterflies sip nectar from flowers for their food, but what they eat when they're in the not-so-pretty caterpillar stage is just as important! This program will introduce you to many of New Jersey's 125 fascinating species of butterflies—from the Least Skipper to the Giant Swallowtail—and to the native plants they and their caterpillars depend on—many of which you can grow in your garden. 

Sharon Wander, along with her husband, Wade, is a self-employed environmental consultant who investigates wetlands and does surveys for Threatened and Endangered species. Both have long been active New Jersey naturalists, interested in birds, herptiles, plants, and of course, butterflies (as well as moths and other insects). They frequently lead field trips and present programs for the New Jersey Butterfly Club chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, of which both are past presidents. They have compiled the Springdale, NJ, Fourth of July butterfly count since 1992, and are especially proud of their Fredon Township, Sussex County, butterfly garden—which has attracted a state-record 84 species.

NJ Do not plant list:

After the COVID 19 pandemic, all chapter meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June, at the Headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference. All meetings start at 7:30 PM

Co-leaders are Tom Bender, Elaine Silverstein and Vicky Katzman.

They can be reached


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Delaware Bayshores Chapter

Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Monday Night---- 2022 from 7 PM-8:30 PM

Next on the Guest Speaker Series


Don't Forget!

Our yearly meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from September 2020 thru June 2021 except for holidays (they will be the following Monday). 

Hope to see you soon,
Karla, Julie, and Joe

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Essex Chapter

Native Plant Society of NJ - Essex Chapter
Upcoming Events
All Free & Open to the Public  

Saturday, March 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED: Rain date: Sunday, March 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

"FREE NATIVE PLANT WALK - Brookdale Park, Montclair"


On this last day of winter, native plants can still be seen all around us! Join naturalist Jean Greeley to learn how to identify the standing winter skeletons of some important pollinator plants. We will also discuss the many benefits native plants offer to both wildlife and our own gardens during the winter months.

Meet: Parking lot above stadium Enter Brookdale Park from Bellevue Avenue; follow West Circuit Drive to parking lot.

No need to register or RSVP  

For questions, email Deb Ellis at

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The Essex County Chapter began in January 2019 and is sponsoring tables at plant sales, open garden tours, gardening workshops, and native plant/seed exchanges. 

The co-leaders are Deb Ellis and Alice van Straalen.  If you have questions or would like to be involved, please email the chapter at

Meet our chapter- Essex chapter


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Highland Park Chapter

To be announced


Our meetings are held at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center, 20 River Road at 7:30pm. click here for a map

For more information contact Mary and Belinda at

Meet our chapter- Highland Park chapter


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Hudson Chapter

Hudson Chapter:

Columbine and Heart-leaved Golden Alexander

Monday, March 14th | 7:00pm-8:00pm ET  

Replacing Invasive Species with Native Plants for Wildlife
Deb Ellis, Master Gardener and leader of the Essex Chapter,

Deb Ellis, Master Gardener and leader of the Essex Chapter, will be our featured speaker, providing tips on how to support biodiversity and bring butterflies and birds to your yard by planting native bushes and flowers. Learn about invasive species and how to replace them with easy-care and beautiful natives for every season.  

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Co-leaders: Kim Correro, Lorraine Freeney and Dawn Giambalvo. Contact:

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Hunterdon Chapter

Month Meeting:

Tuesday, ----, 2022 at 7:00 PM
North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library
65 Halstead Street, Clinton

Speaker: TBD 
Topic: TBD


Everyone is invited - you do not have to be a Hunterdon resident. Share this information with any others who may be interested. The program is free. All our meetings will be at the North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, and at 7:00 unless noted otherwise.   No meetings in July, August and December.

More information:

Chapter contacts are Susan Haake and Dawn Pogosaew:

Find out how this chapter has been supporting native plants: About Hunterdon Chapter


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Jersey Shore Chapter

Jersey Shore Chapter Meeting:
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We look forward to seeing you at our meetings!

Dear Jersey Shore Chapter members and native plant enthusiasts, as a reminder, the Jersey Shore Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.

Jersey Shore Chapter Co-leaders,
Karen Walzer, Pam Almeida and Becky Laboy

For more information:


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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

March Meeting:

Sunday March 27 1:30-4 PM
Rancocas Chapter Spring Native Plant Sale and Talk
Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Mount Holly Road, Westhampton NJ.


Presentation: "If You Plant It, They Will Come"  by Randi Eckel, PhD

Please join us from 1:30 to 4pm on Sunday, March 27th at the Rancocas Nature Center, located at 794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton, NJ 08060. Owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm and Entomology PhD, Randi Eckel will be selling native plants perfect for your spring gardens. She will also give a talk, "If You Plant It, They Will Come" about how these native plants are more than just beautiful; planted in your own gardens, they will sustain insects, pollinators, and our whole ecosystem. 


Chapter Leader: Jay Kratz

For more information contact

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Southeast Chapter


Souheast Chapter Meeting:

Saturday, March 26, 2022 -- 9 am - 11 am -
A Walk In Search Of Spring
Estell Manor Park

We will be meeting in the "real world" this month and on a Saturday morning -- with a walk in Estell Manor Park (on Rt 50 in Mays Landing).

Our group had a delightful excursion to this park a few years ago identifying the trees and shrubs in fall colors. This time we will be celebrating the official beginning of spring (March 20) and searching for its first signs in the park. Estell Manor offers wide-open trails including lots of raised boardwalk. And our pace will be leisurely.  

Join us for the challenge: How many signs of the new season can we find? We will be on the lookout especially for birds, butterflies, and budding native plants. Phoebes calling? Pine warblers singing? Mourning cloaks or angle-wing butterfies flying? Eastern junipers, red maples, and other trees or shrubs blooming? Turtles swimming? Frogs calling?  

Bring any binoculars, cameras, and helpful field guides you may have. 

Leaders: Jesse & Jack Connor. 

Meeting Place: Estell Manor Park parking lot, just beyond the main entrance to the Park on Rt 50. 

For more information, contact Jesse Connor at email: 

We are excited about our local NPSNJ chapter that serves native plant enthusiasts in Atlantic County and Cape May County as well as anyone from areas west or north who would like to join us. We hold eight evening meetings a year on the 3rd Monday of the month (September, October, November, February, March, April, May, and June).

For more information, contact Jesse Connor at email:

Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, Barbara Fiedler, and Steve Fiedler

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Sussex Chapter

The NPS Sussex Chapter meets once a month on the first Monday at 7pm. (Feb.-Nov.) The group is comprised of a number of Rutgers Master Gardeners and native plant enthusiasts of all experience levels. At our monthly meetings we plan field trips to various native plant gardens and parks both in and out of county. We share our personal garden experiences as well as do research and share topics of interest with the group. During the pandemic we have been meeting on the NPS zoom platform, but once we are able to gather in person we will continue meetings at the Sussex-Wantage Library Community Room (69 County Route 639, Sussex, 07461) or outside hosted by different members at their homes. Please respond to our NPS email address if you would like to receive monthly updates.

For March - Meeting: Mar 7, 2022 07:00 PM Click here to Join the Meeting
If by phone: 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 895 9022 4997, Passcode: 580515

This same join link works for all the meetings.

Every month on the First Mon, 9 occurrence(s) • Mar 7, 2022, Apr 4, 2022, May 2, 2022, Jun 6, 2022, Jul 4, 2022, Aug 1, 2022, Sep 5, 2022 ,Oct 3, 2022, Nov 7, 2022 


There is no meeting in December or January.

Chapter leaders: Cynthia Rauth & April Fisher

For more information contact our Sussex County Co-leaders: Cynthia Rauth and April Fisher at:

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Other Announcements

To be announced

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