Events & Features

Events & Features
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Nature programs to host virtual summer lecture series

Wildlife will take center stage in series of webinar presentations this summer. The Mercer County Park Commission Naturalist Department will bring online programming right to your home, focusing on wildlife that affects our lives, even in an urbanized environment. These programs are free; registration is required. Each one-hour webinar will be presented by...

Hopewell Valley treated to another flyover

At 12:05 today the New Jersey Air National Guard flew over the Hopewell Valley in a salute to all of our front line workers who are fighting the pandemic. (All photos by Mike Chipowsky)

D&R Greenway announces native plant sale

Beginning May 6, D&R Greenway Land Trust will be selling native, local plants for its annual Native Plant Sale, with pick-up dates on May 15 and 16. Due to the pandemic this year, plants must be pre-ordered. D&R Greenway urges gardeners to order soon to secure first-choice selections.  A safe and easy pick-up procedure will...

HV historians offer seminar on researching from home

The Hopewell Valley has a deep history and an unusual amount of families who have lived here for generations. The Hopewell Valley Historical Society has begun a project of documenting that history digitally and, on Sunday at 3pm, Society member Doug Dixon will explain how you can help from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual summer camp accepting sign ups for Valley kids

George Ma and Harjap Singh, currently seniors at Princeton Day School, have developed an online summer program that they say they hope will give local kids as close to a summer camp experience as possible. Ma says the camp, called Tigers Online, will give kids the opportunity to interact with other children and...

HomeFront sponsors virtual race June 7

The three things HomeFront realized a month into the pandemic – Everyone wants to stay safe, everyone’s looking for ways to help, and people are spending more time outside walking, running, and walking the dog.  “HomeFront’s Virtual Run / Walk / Dog Walk for Hope lets participants do all three of these things”...

10 things you can do right now to help you sleep during the COVID-19 crisis

Contributed by Lucia Smith, MA, LPC, CCATP So many of my clients are having trouble sleeping during these unnerving times. Many of them are worried about themselves, family, friends, and co-workers contracting the Coronavirus. Some of my clients are essential workers who have to go out in public masked and gloved hoping they...

You Ride/We Give – virtual fundraiser for local foodbanks

The transportation management associations (TMAs) serving central New Jersey have teamed up to support local food banks with You Ride - We Give, in recognition of National Bike Month. Greater Mercer TMA (Mercer and Ocean), Keep Middlesex Moving, Inc. (Middlesex), and RideWise (Somerset) are challenging bicyclists to pledge to ride at least once during the month of May.  In return, the...

On the Environment: Let’s Not Return to Normal

By Lisa Wolff Like other special occasions occurring during this pandemic, Earth Day celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 22, 2020 amidst reduced gatherings and fanfare. Environmental organizations throughout the world scaled back plans for commemorating the important day. In an interesting twist of fate, as the world’s human inhabitants suffer the negative impacts...

Spring Peepers make their annual appearance

Q: Who’s making that noise?A: Many tiny frogs known as Spring Peepers Watch video HERE This sometimes deafening, bird-like peeping heard in choruses from wetlands in early spring comes from many tiny frogs known as spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer). With their loud voice, small size (about 1 inch), and excellent camouflage,...