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Celebrate Earth Week with RHA

By | March 15th, 2018

Variety of environmental activities planned from April 12-28

Celebrate Earth Week with Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) this April by cleaning up local streams, planting trees, kayaking on the Raritan River, enjoying yoga outdoors, taking a guided bird walk and learning how to build a rain barrel for your home.

“Earth Week is more like Earth Month for us,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, executive director of the Bedminster-based watershed watchdog. “We have lots of great outdoor activities planned, and we invite local residents to join us.”

Stream Cleanup – The highlight of Earth Week is Raritan Headwaters’ 28th annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at over 50 locations throughout Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties. An estimated 1,500 volunteers will pick up trash and litter along the Raritan River and its tributaries. Last year, volunteers removed nearly 14 tons! To see a map of sites where volunteers are needed, go to www.raritanheadwaters.org/streamcleanup/. For more information, contact Angela Gorczyca at agorczyca@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 315.

Yoga and Meditation – On Wednesday, April 18, from 8-10 a.m. residents are invited to enjoy a quiet morning reflecting on the peace and beauty offered by nature in the outdoors. Director of Education and yoga instructor Lauren Theis will guide participants through walking and sitting meditations alongside the beautiful Rockaway Creek at the Whittemore Preserve in Oldwick. Free. Register here.

Rain Barrels – On Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m., Raritan Headwaters will hold a Rain Barrel Workshop at Fairview Farm. Participants will learn about managing rainwater in their yards and how rain barrels help manage runoff and save water. The workshop is part of the “River-Friendly” series highlighting actions local residents can take to improve water quality in rivers and streams. The workshop is $40 for those who want to build a rain barrel to take home, and free for those who just want to listen and learn. Sign up here or contact Lauren Theis at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 314.

Kayak the Raritan – On Sunday, April 22, beginning at 11 a.m., Raritan Headwaters will launch the first of five “Raritan River Sojourn” kayak trips on the Raritan River. Paddlers will go about seven miles down the North Branch, from Bedminster to North Branch. Kayaks are available for those who need to borrow one. A suggested donation of $20 will be collected at the start of each paddle. For more information, go to www.raritanheadwaters.org/paddle/ or contact Theis at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 314.

Plant Trees – Raritan Headwaters will mark Arbor Day on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, with a tree planting along the Walnut Brook in Raritan Township. Individuals, groups and families are invited to drop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help plant trees to restore the riverbank.  Bring your own shovel and gloves. Trees help keep streambanks from eroding, control flooding, clean the water and maintain cool temperatures for trout. For more details and to sign-up contact RHA Volunteer Coordinator Trish McGuire. For more information about other town tree plantings contact RHA Director of Science Dr. Kristi MacDonald. A second tree planting is planned on Wednesday and Friday, May 2 and 4, along the Holland Brook in Readington Township. Contact Kristi for details.

Watch Birds – On Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. throughout the spring, join naturalist Alan Rennie for free birding walks through the fields and along the trails of RHA’s Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. Attendees should bring binoculars and wear sturdy, waterproof walking shoes or boots. Advance registration is not required.

Well Testing Workshop – On Thursday, April 12, from 3:30-5 p.m., municipal officials and interested residents are invited to a free workshop on “Establishing a Drinking Water Testing Program in Your Town: The Basics of Water Resource Awareness and Public Health Issues.” Participants will learn how to establish a testing program in their community. They will be offered an overview of common drinking water contaminants, associated health risks and recommended treatments. The workshop will be held at RHA’s Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster.

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