Celebrate Earth Week with Raritan Headwaters! Environmental activities planned from April 15-30

Celebrate Earth Week with Raritan Headwaters by cleaning up a local stream, adding native plants to your property, going on a bird walk, planting trees at a wildlife preserve, training to become a volunteer citizen scientist or kicking up your heels at a barbecue fundraiser.

“We have so much planned for Earth Week that it’s actually spread over two weeks,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, executive director of the Bedminster-based watershed watchdog. “We hope a lot of local residents will join us for one or more of these great activities that contribute to the protection of our streams and other natural resources.”

Raritan Headwaters will kick off Earth Week on Saturday, April 15, with a Native Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairview Farm wildlife preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. The Pinelands Nursery will provide a variety of native plants that will attract birds, butterflies and bees to your yard.

Join naturalist Alan Rennie for free birding walks through the fields and along the trails of Fairview Farm at 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, and Monday, April 24. Attendees should bring binoculars and wear sturdy, waterproof walking shoes or boots. Advance registration is not required.

On the morning of Saturday, April 22, RHA will hold its annual Stream Cleanup. An expected 1,500 volunteers will pick up trash and litter at over 50 sites along the Raritan River and its tributaries. To see a map of sites where volunteers are needed, click the link on the RHA homepage atwww.raritanheadwaters.org. For more information, contact Angela Gorczyca atagorczyca@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 315.


On the evening of Saturday, April 22, a fundraiser – “Boots & Bar-B-Q” – will be held in the indoor riding ring at Hunt’s End Farm in Gladstone. The event will feature a sumptuous barbecue, live music and dancing, bourbon and rye tastings, and a friendly “corn hole” beanbag toss competition. For tickets and information, contact Jody Marcus at jmarcus@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 320.

On Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., Raritan Headwaters will sponsor “Let’s Get Native,” a workshop on New Jersey native plants, at Fairview Farm. The workshop is being held as part of the “River-Friendly” series highlighting actions local residents can take to improve water quality in rivers and streams. To sign up, go to https://goo.gl/0L1SIu  or contact Lauren Theis atltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 314.

Raritan Headwaters will mark Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, with a tree planting at Fairview Farm. Individuals, groups and families are invited to drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to help plant 300 trees to restore a section of damaged forest. For more information, contact George Schaberg at gschaberg@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 328.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, RHA will train volunteer citizen scientists to become stream monitors, with the skills to help RHA evaluate water quality in streams and rivers throughout the watershed. The 9 a.m. Saturday session is for beginner volunteers and the 9 a.m. Sunday session is a refresher course for experienced stream monitors. For more information, contact Angela Gorczyca atagorczyca@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 315.

Throughout Earth Week, local residents who depend on private wells for drinking water are urged to get their water tested to make sure it is free from contaminants. As a public service, Raritan Headwaters offers well testing at discounted rates. To learn more about well testing, go towww.raritanheadwaters.org/individual-well-testing  or contact Mara Tippett atwelltesting@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 401.