Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

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Bi-State Cleanup for Earth Day

Environmental Cleanup 4/27/19 9am-11am

Join the Hillsdale EC, Hillsdale Scout Troops and numerous other organizations and towns in the Hackensack River Watershed as we clean our communities and waterways.

Check in anytime from 9:00-11:00 on Saturday April 27th, 2019.

Please register (especially groups) with name and approximate number of participants by email to hec@hillsdalenj.org. Pizza lunch thank you provided at noon for volunteers (please bring your own reusable water bottle). High school participants receive community service hours.


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Sapling Distribution on April 15th!

Free Seedlings for Hillsdale residents and neighbors- week of April 15-20. “New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign Provides Free Tree Seedlings to Residents in New Jersey.”

Pick-up locations: Hillsdale, NJ at George White School, Meadowbrook School, St. John’s School, Ann Blanche Smith School and Hillsdale DPW (Tues-Sat or as long as supply lasts).

FREE TREE SEEDLINGS will be available during the school day on Monday April 15 outside the entrance of the above locations. Pick up for George White is on the basketball court. Any remaining seedlings for pick up will also be available at the Hillsdale DPW from April 16-April 20.

The seedlings will come with instructions on how to store, care for and where to plant them. Instructions also included on website listed below. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after receiving them to prevent the roots from drying out.

The New Jersey Tree Recovery campaign is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the New Jersey of State Forestry Service

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Beechwood Cleanup

The Pascack Bible Church cleaned up and refreshed the hiking trails around Beechwood Park on June 9th and the trails have never looked better!

Thank you to all the hard working volunteers who gave their time and energy to keep one of our parks in prime shape for the upcoming summer season. We are so lucky to have such an extraordinary group of people with such energy and dedication.

We would like to take this opportunity thank them all for donating their time and energy to make our park cleaner and more attractive for everyone!

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Arbor Day in Hillsdale

The Hillsdale Council, Hillsdale DPW and SiteOne Landscape Supply teamed together to replace the Centennial Tree that was lost last year from Dutch Elm disease. A new elm was planted in a different area of Veterans Park, located in the town center, during a week of Arbor Day plantings around the town.

The Hillsdale Council and Hillsdale Environmental Commission also arranged for the planting of four trees for Arbor Day celebrations at Hillsdale schools. All trees were graciously donated by SiteOne Landscape Supply of Mahwah,NJ.

Meadowbrook School received a Red Oak, George White a Pink Dogwood and St. John’s Academy planted a Purple Plum.

Pictured below is the Eastern White Pine planted at Ann Blanche Smith School where Councilman Frank Pizzella helped officiate the dedication with an inspiring speech.

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5th Annual Hillsdale/Bi-State Environmental Cleanup Day

Saturday, April 29th
10am – 1pm

Check in: Veteran’s Park (Center of town in Hillsdale)

  • Pizza for all participants between 1:00 – 1:30
  • All Scout Groups and Students in need of Service Credits welcomed.
  • For more information or to register, contact mjkates@optonline.net at the Hillsdale Environmental Commission.
  • Our Cleanup Day will be a part of a larger effort to help clean the Hackensack River Watershed during the 5th annual Bi-State Cleanup
  • Day hosted by the Park Ridge Green Team
  • Cleanup supplies provided
  • Rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing for the event!

Hillsdale Environmental Cleanup Day 5th annual

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Fourth Annual Outdoor Earth Week Green Fair and Market


Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.

Host: Hillsdale Environmental Commission in cooperation with The B Hive Organic Salon

The event will include great products such as local honey, handmade candles and body products, henna and glitter tattoos, face painting, balloons and much more for the whole family.

Enjoy kids yoga from the Little Shanti Yoga Studio, gardening and real bees with MEVO, a live Bird show from the Tenafly Nature Preserve and live music by School of Rock in Waldwick. Also featured will be a spring fashion show with Araya Rebirth Spa, Karma Organic Nails, Bella Organici Tanning and Fashions from Born Footwear and Loduvica of Westwood.

The B Hive is Bergen County’s first organic boutique salon specializing in ammonia free hair coloring and styling in an eco-friendly venue that is as healthy as it is beautiful. They have been ranked twice as the best salon in Bergen County as well as this year’s winner of the prestigious Worldwide Eco Salon Contest.

“We continue to spread as much great information as we can to our local community whether it is about beauty products, eco-practices or just being better to our planet,” shares owner and operator Angela Alba. “If you are interested in healthy, innovative, organic hair care products and color performed by certified organic colorists, schedule an appointment today,” she invites. Salon professionals can inquire about certifications and employment opportunities.

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Landscaping for the Watershed: Planting to Benefit Our Pollinators, Wildlife, and Streams

Tuesday, April 14
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Haworth, New Jersey


Each of us living in the region surrounding our reservoirs can play an important role in helping our watershed to function well, so that flooding and water pollution are reduced and pollinators and other wildlife can thrive. Learn how our yards and gardens can be made not only attractive, but beneficial to the environment. Nationally known author and landscape architect Carolyn Summers will share her insights on this topic, and then will be joined by local experts for an in-depth panel discussion.

For more information visit BergenSWAN.org.

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The 6th Annual Westwood Green Screen 2015 comes to downtown Westwood from March 19th to 25th, bringing new and classic environmental films, conversations with film directors, expert panel discussions and special events for all ages. The weeklong festival will take place at various venues in Westwood including Westwood Cinema, the Westwood Public Library, Rosebud Theater, and HUMC Pascack Valley Hospital.

On Thursday, March 19th, a pre-film opening night reception will be held at Bibiz Restaurant where filmgoers can sample sustainably produced wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres and meet Maxine Trump, director of the award-winning documentary, Musicwood, the festival’s kickoff selection.

Westwood Green Screen 2015 is organized by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library, Pascack Sustainability Group, 350NJ, with the generous support of media sponsor Pascack Valley Community Life and Westwood Cinema. Our generous lead sponsors include HUMC Pascack Valley and the Masters of Sustainability Studies Program at Ramapo College.

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