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AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service program

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection began hosting the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program in September of 2000 under an AmeriCorps State contract with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since then, the Department has recruited and trained over 350 AmeriCorps members as Watershed Ambassadors to serve New Jersey communities. AmeriCorps NJ Watershed

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection began hosting the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program in September of 2000 under an AmeriCorps State contract with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since then, the Department has recruited and trained over 350 AmeriCorps members as Watershed Ambassadors to serve New Jersey communities. AmeriCorps NJ Watershed

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Happy !  Led by Watershed Ambassador Melissa Belen-Gonzalez, volunteers came out to clean up Corson's Inlet State Park!2...
04/01/2022

Happy ! Led by Watershed Ambassador Melissa Belen-Gonzalez, volunteers came out to clean up Corson's Inlet State Park!

20 volunteers, comprised ofOcean City residents, Ocean City Environmental Commission members, and Ocean City High School Student Environmental Association members, cleaned up 11 bags of trash, 4 chairs, a bucket and an instrument case!

Some common trash items found were cigarette butts, some cigar butts, toothbrushes, glass bottles/glass pieces, aluminum cans, plastic litter, several fishing lines (some with hooks still attached), and a long piece of wire from a crab trap. This is over 600 pounds of trash removed from the watershed! 👏👏👏

This was one of our AmeriCorps Week events in partnership with New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites!

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For more information on the program and upcoming events in NJ State Parks, please visit: https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/americorpsweek/

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03/31/2022

that with the arrival of spring, mourning cloak reveals its finery? 🦋

As the weather warms, one of the first species of butterfly you’ll likely see emerging in New Jersey is the mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). These distinctive beauties have velvety, dark maroon wings, with bold yellow edges and an inner line of bright blue spots.

British entomologist L. Hugh Newman once compared them to a girl who, impatient about having to be in a period of bereavement, defiantly lets a few inches of bright dress show below her mourning outfit.

Other species often spotted by New Jerseyans in early spring – or even late winter – include eastern commas, question marks and spring azures.

About 124 species of these warm-weather, diurnal insects can be found in the Garden State. Most are resident species – that is, they’re known to overwinter in New Jersey at some stage in their life cycle.

Others don’t overwinter, but migrate into the state each year from warmer climates. The most famous of these are the monarchs, which begin arriving in New Jersey in mid- to late spring. They congregate in large numbers at Cape May in the fall before embarking on their annual epic journey to Mexico.

Sources: Encyclopedia of New Jersey (Rutgers University Press, 2005); naba.org/chapters/nabanj/images.html; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymphalis_antiopa

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03/31/2022

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Thanks to the Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador, Marissa, and all the volunteers (some absent from photo) for helping rid the forest of 30 tires, 28 bags of trash, an old radio, an old tv, an old cabinet, and sheets of Styrofoam last Sunday. We still have more to retrieve so be on the lookout for an upcoming cleanup, maybe around Earth Day!

🚨AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT🚨Ben Crooke is the Watershed Ambassador for Watershed Management Area 19, the Rancocas Watersheds. ...
03/30/2022

🚨AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT🚨

Ben Crooke is the Watershed Ambassador for Watershed Management Area 19, the Rancocas Watersheds. He is hosted out of the Rancocas Conservancy & Pinelands Preservation Alliance!

What does it mean to Ben to be a Watershed Ambassador and an AmeriCorps member?

“Being an AmeriCorps member means being able to get stuff done at the local level. When people outside the environmental field ask me what I do, I often jokingly reply "think of me as a Lorax", but at the same time, I do really aim to protect, preserve and promote environmental stewardship in New Jersey. I see this role as an investment in my own human spirit, because the greatest love I give to myself is by giving back to our environment, and hopefully aiding others while doing so.”

Ben’s best achievement so far is being able to transfer his own curiosity, excitement, and passion about the environment whenever going to schools to educate and engage with students, or any environmental group. His favorite memory so far was organizing another yearly tree maintenance event at the Rancocas Creek Farm at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, which not only promoted the community this farm aims to foster, but also helped support this regenerative agricultural farm that deals with stormwater management on a regular basis.

Ben is most looking forward to executing the rest of his scheduled events, continuing to build his skills as a community organizer, and hopefully continuing to make connections with a wide variety of environmentally focused people!

Watershed Ambassadors are community resources, who can provide educational presentations in schools and for community groups as well as host environmental stewardship events such as clean ups, rain barrel workshops, tree/ rain garden plantings, stewardship training events and more!

Interested in partnering with Ben? Email him at [email protected] or visit our website for more information: https://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm

The Watershed Ambassadors are part of AmeriCorps New Jersey and are hosted out of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey H2O

03/29/2022

After the dust settles, those decluttering their home often find themselves with a large pile of unwanted hardcover books that they don’t know how to handle. Thankfully, there are reuse and recycling options available that can keep hardcover books out of the trash, as follows:

📚Check with your local library to see if they are accepting donations of used books. Most libraries accept such donations.

📚Non-profit organizations may also be interested in receiving free books. Check with non-profit organizations in your area.

📚Look for local organizations in the business of accepting used and unwanted books, which are then redistributed to those looking for books.

📚If no reuse options are available to you, rip off the hardcovers from your unwanted books and place the paper pages in your curbside recycling bucket, bin or cart (throw the hardcovers in the trash). While most, if not all, recycling programs can accept the paper used in books, it is always a good idea to first check with your local recycling coordinator before putting this paper in your curbside recycling bucket, bin or cart.

Learn more about reuse and recycling at recycle.nj.gov.

 Think you know what these macros are? 👀 🧐Let us know in the comments! Watershed Ambassadors spend a large amount of the...
03/28/2022



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Let us know in the comments!

Watershed Ambassadors spend a large amount of their term conducting stream assessments in freshwater streams throughout NJ! This is just one of the awesome Macroinvertebrates that Ambassadors survey!

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03/27/2022

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03/27/2022

How have the Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Marine Mammals Protection Act & National Marine Sanctuaries Act impacted your life? Join in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s 50th anniversary celebration by
sharing your stories.

🌊Learn more at www.noaa.gov/50-years-ocean-coastal-conservation

Happy !  Led by Watershed Ambassador Sydney Abraham, volunteers came out to clean up Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memoria...
03/26/2022

Happy ! Led by Watershed Ambassador Sydney Abraham, volunteers came out to clean up Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association!

14 volunteers, 9 of whom were from Caldwell High School, cleaned up about 13 bags of trash, including large pieces if metal and a sandbag!

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to support this great event and make the park a cleaner place! 👏👏👏

This was one of our AmeriCorps Week events in partnership with New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites!

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For more information on the program and upcoming events in NJ State Parks, please visit: https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/americorpsweek/

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03/26/2022

Ever heard of ? It's a worldwide movement aimed at raising awareness about climate change and conserving energy.

🌎 Join in by shutting off your lights & non-essential appliances tonight from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

💻 Looking forward to not seeing you later! (Since you'll be offline, of course)

➡️ www.worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour

Happy ! A great event at Allaire State Park led by Watershed Ambassador Cassidy Attanasio! Volunteers and ambassadors he...
03/25/2022

Happy ! A great event at Allaire State Park led by Watershed Ambassador Cassidy Attanasio! Volunteers and ambassadors helped to clear a 7 mile trail loop to make it accessible for hikers, as well as emergency vehicles. The efforts today will make it easier for vehicles to get to injured hikers in an emergency or if there is a fire.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this great event! 👏👏👏

This was one of our AmeriCorps Week events in partnership with New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites!

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For more information on the program and upcoming events in NJ State Parks, please visit: https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/americorpsweek/

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03/25/2022

Happy Tolkien Reading Day!

Fans of J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" will surely remember the Ents. Ents are sentient tree-like beings which are "Shepherds of the Forest," protecting the forests from peril. On Tolkien Reading Day we thank all NJ's "Ents" and "Entwives" who work to ensure our urban & community forests thrive!!

Photo by Joe Mable, used in accordance with the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

Photos from Kittatinny Valley State Park's post
03/25/2022

Photos from Kittatinny Valley State Park's post

Another great clean up event at the end of Hamilton Ave where Patcong Creek was accessible in Linwood NJ! The clean up w...
03/24/2022

Another great clean up event at the end of Hamilton Ave where Patcong Creek was accessible in Linwood NJ!

The clean up with in partnership with the Linwood Green Team! Most of the trash was glass bottles that made for a heavy clean up but there was plenty of plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Also found was 2 tires, a traffic cone, a big blue piece of styrofoam, and wire from parts of a crab trap. Despite cold weather of below 40 degrees, we had about 14 volunteers who helped clean ~1 acre, 12 bags of trash (~594 pounds of trash) and 2 bags of recycling (~103 pounds of recycling).

Thank you to all the volunteers that came out to support this event and to Watershed Ambassador Melissa Belen-Gonzalez for organizing everything! 👏👏👏

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Looking for a way to volunteer?  Please share 📣Join the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program and the New Jersey S...
03/24/2022

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Join the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program and the New Jersey State Park Service in celebrating Week throughout March with projects located throughout NJ State Parks, Forests, and Historic sites! Projects include clean ups, invasive species removals, garden maintenance, and more!

To learn more about how to sign up visit: https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/americorpsweek/

Timeline photos
03/24/2022

Timeline photos

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, dandelions provide one of the earliest food sources for bumble bees emerging in the spring. Consider leaving a few around to help these important pollinators!

Photo: Bumble bee on a dandelion courtesy of Connor Walsh/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. https://flic.kr/p/6jCoCd

🚨AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT🚨Ashlee Smith is the Watershed Ambassador for Watershed Management Area 4, the Lower Passaic & Sadd...
03/23/2022

🚨AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT🚨

Ashlee Smith is the Watershed Ambassador for Watershed Management Area 4, the Lower Passaic & Saddle Watersheds. She is hosted out of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission!

What does it mean to Ashlee to be a Watershed Ambassador and an AmeriCorps member?

“Being an AmeriCorps member means I get to experience different parts of society. To put myself out there. To show the people that I love this opportunity is the best building block to help me to continue to be a better person. It means I get to learn to help inform and show the public better ways to take care of our waterways.”

Ashlee’s best achievement so far is being able to do a clean up locally near the park where she lives, with the Girl Scouts Heart of NJ, and her favorite memory so far has been experiencing the monthly meeting where she gets to interact with the other ambassadors and learn something new!

Ashlee is most looking forward to putting her best foot forward with the rest of her term and expanding her professional network. She is also excited to work on her public speaking skills and is thankful for the support she receives from her fellow ambassadors!

Watershed Ambassadors are community resources, who can provide educational presentations in schools and for community groups as well as host environmental stewardship events such as clean ups, rain barrel workshops, tree/ rain garden plantings, stewardship training events and more!

Interested in partnering with Ashlee? Email her at [email protected] or visit our website for more information: https://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm

Photo Credit: Sydney Abraham, WMA 6

The Watershed Ambassadors are part of AmeriCorps New Jersey and are hosted out of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey H2O

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Visit us at our job fair coming up on October 13th!

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