Upcoming Events

Into the Garden – Winter Habitat for Wildlife 
Location: WDVR FM 89.7
When:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.
Join Mary Anne Borge of The Natural Web and Lambertville Goes Wild and Diane Smith of Bucks County Audubon for a discussion of the gardening practices we can use to provide winter habitat for wildlife.

Secrets of Butterfly Gardening:  What do butterflies really need?
Location: ACME Screening Room/Phillip L. Pittore Justice Center, 25 South Union, Lambertville, NJ 
When: Saturday, January 26, 2019  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sponsored byLambertville Goes Wild, Lambertville Environmental Commission
What are the best plants to attract butterflies to your garden?  Can you have a butterfly garden if you have shade?  What other conditions do butterflies need to thrive?  Learn the secrets to a successful butterfly garden.
This program is free and open to all.

Knowing Native Plants: Spring Ephemerals
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Thursday, April 18, 2019  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Spring wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, Bloodroot, Virginia bluebells, spring beauty, and twinleaf color the forest floor for a fleeting moment at this time of year. Join Naturalist Mary Anne Borge to learn why these wildflowers are called spring ephemerals, how their life cycles work, and how their seeds are dispersed.
Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to BHWP Naturalists only.

Knowing Native Plants: Spring Ephemerals
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, April 20, 2018  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spring wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, Bloodroot, Virginia bluebells, spring beauty, and twinleaf color the forest floor for a fleeting moment at this time of year. Join Naturalist Mary Anne Borge to learn why these wildflowers are called spring ephemerals, how their life cycles work, and how their seeds are dispersed.
Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

Spring Wildflowers in the Natural Web
Location:  Hunterdon North County Branch Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ
When:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by: Hunterdon County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey
Spring ephemerals bloom, set seed and disappear underground before the trees that they live with even finish leafing out.  Wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, bluebells, spring beauty, and trillium carpet the forest floor while the temperatures are still cool. How do these wildflowers reproduce, and who do they enlist to help disperse their seeds?  How do they protect themselves from being eaten, and how does this benefit other animals, including people?  Learn about the lovely and tenacious plants of early spring, and their survival strategies.
This program is free but we do ask that you register by sending an email to hunterdon@npsnj.org.

Pollinators and Pollination Strategies
Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Wescott Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by: Mercer County Master Gardeners
Many plants need the assistance of a third party, usually an animal, to help them achieve pollination.  How do plants entice unsuspecting critters to their flowers? How can plants ensure their pollen will be placed advantageously on another plant of the same species?  We’ll learn about some of the many potential pollinators of native plants, and the strategies plants have evolved to successfully reproduce by taking advantage of their flower visitors. Indoor presentation followed by a walk outside to look for pollinators.
Open to all.

Knowing Native Plants: Late Spring Lovelies
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Learn about the wildflowers of mid-spring, including Shooting Star, Bellworts, Foamflower, Irises, and our beautiful native orchid, Yellow Lady’s Slipper. Naturalist Mary Anne Borge will introduce you to these plants and some of their pollinators and seed dispersers.  Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to BHWP Naturalists only.

Knowing Native Plants: Late Spring Lovelies
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Learn about the wildflowers of mid-spring, including Shooting Star, Bellworts, Foamflower, Irises, and our beautiful native orchid, Yellow Lady’s Slipper. Naturalist Mary Anne Borge will introduce you to these plants, and some of their pollinators.
Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

Spring Wildflowers in the Natural Web
When:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by: Somerset County Master Gardeners
Spring ephemerals bloom, set seed and disappear underground before the trees that they live with even finish leafing out.  Wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, bluebells, spring beauty, and trillium carpet the forest floor while the temperatures are still cool. How do these wildflowers reproduce, and who do they enlist to help disperse their seeds?  How do they protect themselves from being eaten, and how does this benefit other animals, including people?  Learn about the lovely and tenacious plants of early spring, and their survival strategies.
Open to Somerset County Master Gardeners Only.

Knowing Native Plants: Flowering Shrubs
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Thursday, May 23, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Mid-Atlantic region has one of the best flowering shrub displays found anywhere. Come learn about the wildlife value and landscape beauty provided by native shrubs. Instructor Mary Anne Borge will pay particular attention to azaleas, dogwoods, and viburnums. Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to BHWP Naturalists only.

Knowing Native Plants: Flowering Shrubs
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Mid-Atlantic region has one of the best flowering shrub displays found anywhere. Come learn about the wildlife value and landscape beauty provided by native shrubs. Instructor Mary Anne Borge will pay particular attention to azaleas, dogwoods, and viburnums. Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

Invasive Species ID and Management
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Thursday, June 13, 2019  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us to discover the Preserve’s most unwanted! In this session, you will learn about the problems caused by invasive plants, which species are of concern at the Preserve and beyond, and the methods we are using to control these exotic intruders. This will begin with an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk to look for some of the species discussed.
Open to BHWP Naturalists only.

Invasive Species ID and Management
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, June 15, 2019  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join us to discover the Preserve’s most unwanted! In this session, you will learn about the problems caused by invasive plants, which species are of concern at the Preserve and beyond, and the methods we are using to control these exotic intruders. This will begin with an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk to look for some of the species discussed.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

Pollinators and Pollination Strategies
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Many plants need the assistance of a third party, usually an animal, to help them achieve pollination.  How do plants entice unsuspecting critters to their flowers? How can plants ensure their pollen will be placed advantageously on another plant of the same species?  We’ll learn about some of the many potential pollinators of native plants, and the strategies plants have evolved to successfully reproduce by taking advantage of their flower visitors.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count
Location: Silver Lake Nature Center
When: To be determined
Join us for an all-day event focusing on our fluttering friends. Why count butterflies? It helps scientists piece together the big picture, including changes over time, of the distribution and population size of each species counted. And it’s fun! You’ll learn to identify the different types of butterflies and the native plants they utilize at the Preserve. Please bring binoculars, or a camera with a zoom lens, and a field guide, if available. Make sure you have plenty of water, snacks, and appropriate sun protection. Join us for all or part of the day; all experience levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced butterfliers. Please check-in at the Visitor Center. $3 per participant, all proceeds will be donated to the North American Butterfly Association.
Open to all, but space is limited. Advance registration suggested.

North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an all-day event focusing on our fluttering friends. Why count butterflies? It helps scientists piece together the big picture, including changes over time, of the distribution and population size of each species counted. And it’s fun! You’ll learn to identify the different types of butterflies and the native plants they utilize at the Preserve. Please bring binoculars, or a camera with a zoom lens, and a field guide, if available. Make sure you have plenty of water, snacks, and appropriate sun protection. Join us for all or part of the day; all experience levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced butterfliers. Please check-in at the Visitor Center. $3 per participant, all proceeds will be donated to the North American Butterfly Association.
Open to all, but space is limited. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

Knowing Native Plants:  Meadow Magic
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Thursday, July 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come discover Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s five-acre meadow. See native meadow plant species, including wildflowers and grasses, and learn about the benefits of meadows, their inhabitants, meadow successional stages, and meadow maintenance. Find out why it is important to plant native species and avoid non-native ornamentals that may escape from cultivation. Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk. Open to BHWP Naturalists only.

Knowing Native Plants:  Meadow Magic
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Come discover Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s five-acre meadow. See native meadow plant species, including wildflowers and grasses, and learn about the benefits of meadows, their inhabitants, meadow successional stages, and meadow maintenance. Find out why it is important to plant native species and avoid non-native ornamentals that may escape from cultivation. Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk. Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

Knowing Native Plants:  The Amazing Aster Family Part 1: Classic Asters and Their Colorful Companions
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Aster family is the second largest family of plants, and fall is the peak time for seeing these lovely flowers in bloom.  Find out what makes Aster family members different from all other plants, and learn their importance to both wildlife and people.  In this class we’ll focus on classic asters such as New England Aster, Aromatic Aster, the wood asters and small white asters, as well as other colorful pollinator magnets like Bonesets, White Snakeroot, Joe-pye-weeds, thistles, New York Ironweed, and more.  During the outside portion of the class, we’ll look for these plants, and signs of the relationships they have with the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on themIndoor lecture followed by outdoor walk. Open to BHWP Naturalists only.

Knowing Native Plants:  The Amazing Aster Family Part 1: Classic Asters and Their Colorful Companions
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Aster family is the second largest family of plants, and fall is the peak time for seeing these lovely flowers in bloom.  Find out what makes Aster family members different from all other plants, and learn their importance to both wildlife and people.  In this class we’ll focus on classic asters such as New England Aster, Aromatic Aster, the wood asters and small white asters, as well as other colorful pollinator magnets like Bonesets, White Snakeroot, Joe-pye-weeds, thistles, New York Ironweed, and more.  During the outside portion of the class, we’ll look for these plants, and signs of the relationships they have with the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on themIndoor lecture followed by outdoor walk. Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

Knowing Native Plants:  The Amazing Aster Family Part 2: Confusing Yellow Composites
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
After a brief introduction to the Aster Family, we’ll focus on the late summer and fall blooming confusing yellow composites, including goldenrods, sunflowers, coneflowers and beggar-ticks.  Lean why goldenrods are not causing your allergies, and find out what is!  During the outside portion of the class, we’ll look for these plants, and signs of the relationships they have with the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on them.  Attending ‘The Amazing Aster Family Part 1:  Classic Asters and Colorful Companions’ prior to this class is recommended, but not required.  Indoor lecture followed by outdoor walk. Open to BHWP Naturalists only.

Knowing Native Plants:  The Amazing Aster Family Part 2: Confusing Yellow Composites
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
After a brief introduction to the Aster Family, we’ll focus on the late summer and fall blooming confusing yellow composites, including goldenrods, sunflowers, coneflowers and beggar-ticks.  Lean why goldenrods are not causing your allergies, and find out what is!  During the outside portion of the class, we’ll look for these plants, and signs of the relationships they have with the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on them.  Attending ‘The Amazing Aster Family Part 1:  Classic Asters and Colorful Companions’ prior to this class is recommended, but not required.  Indoor lecture followed by outdoor walk.  Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register, or register online at BHWP.org.

The Natural Web – Seeing Nature’s Connections 
Location:      Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Unit of The Herb Society of America
When: Sunday, October 21, 2018,  1:00-2:00 p.m.
What role do plants play in moderating temperature, mitigating air pollution, and in stormwater management?  What other benefits do plants offer humans in terms of food, medicine, and building materials?  How do plants interact with each other?  How do plants support the animal species with which we coexist, and what benefit do animals provide to plants in return?  Learn about the many roles that plants play in our lives.
Open to all. The cost is $10.  Light refreshments will be served. 
Questions? terrya.cooper@verizon.net

Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Blooms
Location:      Bristol Township Municipal building, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, PA
When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018,  7:00 p.m.
What can you do to attract birds to your garden?  What are the best plants to entice bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to make their homes with you?  What maintenance techniques are most hospitable for these garden visitors and residents?  Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Blooms will provide answers to these questions.  Open to all.

 

 

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