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Virtual: Beech Leaf Disease FREE Webinar March 9

Beech leaf disease (BLD) affects and kills both native and ornamental beech tree species. It is associated with a nematode, Litylenchus crenatae mccannii. This disease has only been discovered in recent years and much about it, including the full cause and how it spreads, is still unknown. Because of this, experts from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station are collecting information and performing research in the hopes of learning more about the disease and how to control it.

SOURCE: https://www.bartlettarboretum.org

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Bartlett Summer Camp: Nature Immersion Experiences Now Registering Beginning June 12 ~Stamford, CT~

Bartlett camp programs offer immersion into the natural world through the exploration of the arboretum’s 93 acres of forest and gardens. Programming is hands-on, and incorporates STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in age appropriate contexts. In addition to the week specific programming, each camp segment allows time in each day for games and relaxation appropriate to the age level. Our aim is to make nature inviting and engagement fun.

SOURCE: https://www.bartlettarboretum.org

Location: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

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Family Seed Sowing for Spring Workshop March 21 ~Stamford, CT~

From germination times to growing seasons, to using containers versus in-ground planting, discover how best to produce some of your own food this spring! Each participant will take home sowed seeds for their garden.

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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How to be a Field Biologists for Ages 8+ Workshop March 21 ~Stamford, CT~

Become a field biologist with our SM&NC Education Staff! Create your own field journal, learn about tools that are used in the field, and conduct a mini bioblitz to see what you can find out in the forest!

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Family Fungus Growing Workshop March 20 ~Stamford, CT~

Create your own inoculation log by adding mushroom spore plugs. Learn how to care for your logs at home and when to hopefully expect your first harvest. Program includes all materials for a take-home inoculation log. Ages 7+.

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Forest Easter Egg Adventure March 26-28; April 2 & 3 ~Stamford, CT~

Kids will turn in their found eggs and get to take home a craft and choose a prize from our awesome choices of stuffed animals, science kits, craft activities, and more! P

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Maple Sugar Fest February 21, 28, & March 7 ~Stamford, CT~

Maple syrup from the 200+ mature maple trees on Stamford Museum & Nature Center 118-acre campus… added attractions, enhanced programming, and fun seasonal offerings, including traditional favorites like maple syrup treats and tree tapping demonstrations!

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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“A Scientist Visits the Mansion” Middle School Writers’ Competition DEADLINE June 14 Open to the Students in the NYC Tristate Area

The competition is open to all middle school students sixth through eighth grade in the Tristate area.

Participants will be tasked to write a story of a fictional event taking place at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion between 1868 and 1938. The cast of characters must include a doctor or scientist who became famous or infamous during the mid-to-late 19th century and members of the Lockwood or Mathews families. Young writers will learn about the families’ history, read biographies of the doctors and scientists, and explore the rooms in the Mansion where the event described could have taken place, using the Museum’s website as a reference. Students will create a short story that will include at least one doctor or scientist weaved into this narrative, and can introduce fictional friends visiting the Mansion as well.

SOURCE: https://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

Location: Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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Christmas Markets 2020

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Christmas Tree Farms in Fairfield and Westchester Counties

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Corporate, Nonprofit, Municipal, State, & Federal Job Opportunities in the New York Tri-State Area

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Play Golf in Fairfield, Bergen, Rockland, & Westchester Counties

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Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland & Westchester Medical Industry Employment

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EMT/EMS Certification Education in Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, universities, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. Some states have EMR positions that do not require national certification. These positions typically require state certification.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTE: In many states you can start training for EMT/EMS as early as age 16!

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Plastic Free Shopping in the NYC Metro

Please use CONTACT form to provide information on businesses who are no longer using plastic packaging. I am not affiliated founders and/or employees of the following businesses on the list nor I do not receive any compensation. I am a customer dedicated to lowering my impact on the environment and believe in supporting those who believe the same. -Editor

  • Brooklyn: Package Free, 137 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Manhattan: Package Free, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
  • Hastings-on-Hudson: Refill Room, 42 B Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY 10706-1201

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Recycling is not the answer. You MUST reduce your consumption.

FACT: unless you’re reducing your consumption of plastic, recycling means nothing

PROBLEM: plastic is everywhere and part of everything-including clothing

SOLUTION: do what can, when possible. Don’t buy unless absolutely necessary and there is no alternative.

What I’ve done:

  • Buy used clothes, to reduce demand for new resources to manufacture brand new clothes. 60% of my current wardrobe is used, including shoes and sneakers
  • Carry reusable silverware to use at work
  • Use mug or reusable cup at work for drinks
  • Refuse straws
  • Refuse packet condiments/disposable silverware (especially if it’s take out, you got it at home)
  • Buy vitamins in glass bottles (glass can be recycled over and over)
  • Having a party? Buy aluminum cans instead of soda in gallon. Aluminum can be recycled multiple times.
    Stop buying products that use excessive packaging
  • Become aware of how much garbage- including recycling, you make per day. There are some days I don’t make any garbage.

I made a conscious effort to be aware of my impact. I don’t worry about others, I do what I can. I am among millions on this planet that got companies changing their ways because they’re loosing money by not being mindful of the garbage they’re creating with their products.

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Own a home? Plant native plants to mitigate climate change, provide habitat and food for pollinators

Hilltop Hanover Farm Online Native Plant Sale February 1-March 19

Teatown Plant May 7 & 8, Ossining, NY

New York State DEC Spring Native Tree Seedling Sale thru May 12

DEC operates the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery, which produces tree and shrub seedlings for conservation plantings on public and private lands. Native New York seed sources are used when available. The nursery’s annual spring seedling sale is open to all interested customers in New York and bordering states.

For a fee, seedlings are shipped by designated truckers to a single location within certain counties. Customers pick up their orders at designated locations on specified dates, which are not set until early April.

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

Pfeiffer Center Plant Sale May 14-16, Chestnut Ridge, NY


I have turned my front and back lawns into habitats for native insects. American lawns are modeled after British manor homes. Trying to achieve this archaic ideal has become so standard it’s cliche.

Tall native grasses of the Northeast were decimated to make way for smaller tropical and genetically modified smaller species which are easy to cut.

I’ve learned from untold research that trees, native plants and tall grasses that are allowed to flower provide the most food for native and migrating pollinators like bees and butterflies. Birds that do not migrate also benefit from seeds of mature grasses during the lean winter months when food is scarce.

My yard is a combination of food garden while the remaining is a native and non-native plants. Since I’ve changed from a manor house grass lawn I’ve had so many visitors to my lawn!

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Spider laid it’s eggs on my American yew-Native
Native mantis on Mint (not native)

So basically, as stated in 1989’s Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Center for native plants in your part of the United States.

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Apple & Pumpkin Picking in Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland, & Westchester Counties

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