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Virtual: Introduction to Introduction to Horticultural Therapy Class Beginning February 16

Explore the plant-people relationships and scientific research that are the foundations of horticultural therapy. Learn about current programs that utilize horticultural therapy and the benefits of using plants and plant-related activities to reach cognitive, physical, psychological, and social goals for a variety of populations. Engage in activities for disability awareness and the development of therapeutic skills. Resources for professional development and the professional registration process are covered.

SOURCE: https://www.nybg.org

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FDA: Proposed Rule for Food Traceability Comment Period DEADLINE February 22

The FDA is proposing to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements (beyond what is already required in existing regulations) for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the Agency has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List. The proposed rule, “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule) is a key component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint and would implement Section 204(d) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed requirements would help the FDA rapidly and effectively identify recipients of those foods to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks and address credible threats of serious adverse health consequences or death. The comment periods for the proposed rule and information collection provisions have been extended and will now be available for public comment until February 22, 2021.

SOURCE: https://www.fda.gov

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Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative Land Trust Grants Protect Bird Habitats DEADLINE March 21

The Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative (LTBCI) has announced they are offering around $300,000 in grants for land trusts in 2021.

Through the Bissonette & Hemphill Habitat Preservation Program, the LTBCI will offer 1 to 3 grants of up to $50,000 each for the purchase of land or conservation easements in California that closed in 2020 or will close in 2021. Funds will support direct acquisition costs only, and applicants must clearly demonstrate the land’s importance to birds and/or bird conservation.

SOURCE: https://www.newyorkalmanack.com

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Livestock Tour & Grazing Fundamental Class February 20 ~Yorktown Heights, NY~

This 60-minute livestock tour offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hilltop Hanover Farm’s goats and cows with our Livestock Manager, Jess. Stroll through the pastures and barns while getting to know our livestock…

Following the tour, join Jess for a 30-minute class discussion to get a more in-depth look at livestock best practices. Topics covered include the benefits of good pasture management, types of grazing systems, grazing adapted plants and common pasture plants, pasture soil health, managing pasture with ruminant livestock, unique digestive ability of ruminants, ruminant nutrition needs, ruminant health concerns, humane stockmanship skills, and grazing system design and infrastructure.

SOURCE: https://hilltophanoverfarm.org

Location: Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY

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Hilltop Hanover Farm CSA Open Registration ~Yorktown Heights, NY~

Purchase a share now and show your commitment to local agriculture. CSA credits can be used to purchase any items from our online marketplace or our farm stand, plus our online Spring Plant Sale!

Small shares are available for $400; large shares are available for $700. Our early order CSA discount runs until March 19th—sign up early to get 5% off. Our CSA sold out last year, and we expect increased interest this year, so please register early to ensure your membership for 2021.

CSA credits can be used any time the farm stand is open, from April 23rd to Thanksgiving week. We will continue to offer online ordering and curbside pickup in 2021.

All our produce offerings are grown on site at Hilltop Hanover Farm.

SOURCE: https://hilltophanoverfarm.org

Location: Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY

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Full Moon Hike for Adults February 27 ~Tenafly, NJ~

Experience a guided 11/2-2 hour walk (approximately 1½ miles) along the trails, on a night near the occurrence of a full moon. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy closed toed shoes. Program will be held entirely outdoors.

SOURCE: https://www.tenaflynaturecenter.org

Location: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ

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Sweetheart Night Hike & Campfire February 14 ~Tenafly, NJ~

Think outside the box this Valentine’s Day by ditching the fancy restaurant and chocolates for s’mores and hiking boots. A Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator will guide you and your special someone on a night hike through our beautiful woodland preserve, afterwards we welcome you to cuddle up around a roaring campfire as you watch the flames dance against the dark of the night!

SOURCE: https://www.tenaflynaturecenter.org

Location: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ

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Survival Shelters Workshop for All Ages February 13 ~Tenafly, NJ~

Shelter is your top priority in most survival emergencies. If you unexpectedly need to build a shelter in the wilderness, your experience and understanding of your environment may be the only tool you have.

SOURCE: https://www.tenaflynaturecenter.org

Location: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ

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Maple Sugaring for All Ages February & March 2020 ~Tenafly, NJ~

Experience at our demonstration stations how to identify a maple tree, how to drill a maple tree, and the process of boiling down maple sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.

SOURCE: https://www.tenaflynaturecenter.org

Location: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ

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Extreme Maple Syruping Collection for Families February 20 ~Stamford, CT~

Help to collect the sap run of the day, see how much syrup has been made so far for the season, and learn how we go from sap to syrup. We’ll also do a maple syrup taste test challenge. As always, we’ll reward our hard work with one of our favorite treats – ice cream with maple syrup!

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Virtual: Seed Starting 101: Annual Vegetables and Flowers Beginning February 10

Get a jump start on the growing season! Join long time urban farmer-educator Molly Culver for a virtual, hands-on exploration into how to start seeds indoors for annual crops. For the community gardener and home gardener alike, this class will be a deep dive into seed starting basics and seedling care. We’ll review containers, soil media, seed needs, and baby plant care needs.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Grow a Flower Cutting Garden Beginning February 17

Discover the amazing variety of annual and perennial flowering plants suited for NYC’s hardiness zone, as well as preferred seed and plant and seedling sources. We will review basic soil, nutrient, light, water, and space requirements for your cutting garden. And learn pro tips for successful flower growing, harvesting and arranging, pinching, integrated pest management, trellising, harvesting, and post-harvest care.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Welcoming Migrating Birds Back in Spring Beginning February 24

Migrating birds are facing overwhelming population declines. Discover how to attract and support migrating birds in your garden with the natural habitat and food sources they need.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Chinese Brush Painting Beginning February 3

Learn to paint in the Chinese style using bamboo brushes, ink, watercolor paints, and rice paper. Explore the origins of Chinese characters and the different styles of Chinese calligraphy.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Tap Your Own Maple Tree in Wilton, CT Orientation Workshop January 30 & 31

Learn the science and history of maple sugaring by being a hands-on part of the process. While we are not able to hold our traditional informational workshops this season due to state regulations, we will provide virtual resources and a Zoom call to answer your questions. Then on January 30th or 31st (provided the sap is running), we invite your family out to Ambler Farm to choose your Maple tree and hang your bucket to collect sap. Choose the day and time that works best for you.

Then, each week we will send regular updates on the running of the sap so that your family can come out to the Farm to collect sap from your tree. We will boil down the sap in our sugar shack and send each family home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm Dark Maple Syrup.

SOURCE: https://amblerfarm.org

Location: Ambler Farm, 257 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton, CT

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New York State DEC Seedling Programs for Schools, Vocational, College, University and Youth Education Programs DEADLINE March 31

Planting and caring for tree seedlings can help young people learn about ecosystems and the valuable role trees play. Schools and youth organizations are eligible to receive free trees or shrubs by participating in this educational program. Participants receive seedlings from the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery along with guidance on how to plant and care for them.

Provide young people with a hands-on way to understand natural systems, observe their environment, and learn key vocabulary. When students plant tree seedlings they can discover the structure and function of trees while building their awareness about conservation.

As the trees mature they can serve as an ongoing living laboratory for young people to learn from. The experience can help students make informed decisions about the conservation and use of natural resources.

Eligible Organizations

  • All schools located within New York State – public, private, nursery, elementary, secondary, vocational, college or university.
  • Any youth education-based organization.

SOURCE: https://www.dec.ny.gov

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Virtual: Green Gardener Certificate Program Info Session January 27

Environmentally minded garden enthusiasts, from novice to well experienced, will learn how to keep their garden green and earth-friendly…

The Green Gardener Program is based on the latest science- based information from Cornell University, providing students with a practical approach to gardening and environmental stewardship.

The Green Gardener Program is a non- credit, adult education program offered to environmentally minded garden enthusiasts, from the novice to the well experienced gardener who is looking for a little review. Each class topic consists of two sessions. The first session primarily a lecture presentation with a home assignment and time for questions. The second session is a workshop for student assignment share and review. Taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators and Master Gardeners, this series of lecture presentations and interactive assignments offers an in-depth, environmentally focused educational experience that will prepare students to create a healthy and thriving garden of their own.

SOURCE: http://rocklandcce.org

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EPA STEM Challenge: Developing Innovative Analyses Using Emissions and Environmental Monitoring Data DEADLINE February 22

Submissions for innovative and creative uses of CAMD data should advance the knowledge, use, and understanding of CAMD data and related information, with priority on the following possible project themes:

Analyzing data: Answer timely and relevant research questions using CAMD data
Enhancing communications: Design new and innovative ways to present CAMD data to the public
Developing technology and data mashups: Develop new technologies or analytic methods to integrate CAMD data with other datasets to unlock the broader potential of CAMD data
Promoting environmental education: Explore opportunities to use CAMD data in high school or university classrooms
Improving data quality: Identify and apply algorithms (e.g., machine learning) to electronically audit CAMD data and enhance data quality
Still looking for more inspiration? Past winners have integrated CAMD data with satellite data and other energy datasets to answer research questions. Others have created lesson plans for university students to create websites summarizing emissions at different power plants using CAMD data. Recent events may also spark ideas. Projects could characterize or evaluate energy equity or quantify the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic response on electricity and air quality.

SOURCE: <a href="https://www.challenge.gov

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Webinar: Cover Crops, Herbs, and Cut Flowers for Pollination and Pest Management January 26

Join Xerces Society and NRCS staff for this webinar as we discuss which cover crops, herbs, and cut flowers provide forage and nesting sites for pollinators and natural enemies of crop pests (such as wasps, flies, and beetles). Learn which plants and management techniques best support pollinators, predators, and parasitoids, and have extra value for culinary or ornamental use.

SOURCE: https://xerces.org

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Foraging Winter Workshop January 21 ~Bronx, NY~

When the trees have dropped their leaves and there is a chill in the air, there are still many things to see in the woods and wide open spaces. Join wild foods author and forager author Marie Viljoen for a brisk walk in the garden to discover and identify edible, fragrant, and useful plants, such as juniper, spicebush, and bayberry in their winter camouflage. Outside only; snow or shine.

SOURCE: New York Botanic Garden

Location: New York Botanic Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY