Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ


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A Very Different Earth Day – 2020

For those of us old enough, it is hard to believe that it has been 50 years since peace activist John McConnell from California first suggested a day to honor our earth and Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin proposed a national day of environmental education  – Earth Day – to be held on April 22nd.

Whether born from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962, or the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil spill or combination of those and other environmental activisms of the 1960’s, Earth Day has served to remind us all how precious our little planet is. The fight to save it is as urgent as ever. Despite myriad successes there are times it feels like we take two steps forward and one (or more) steps back.

This year the 50th Earth Day will also be different for obvious reasons.  But don’t let social distancing stop you from celebrating, sharing and doing your part!

  • Find a digital event at : https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/#map
  • Plant native flowers or a veggie garden; call Marsala Hardware or Bergen County Garden Center in Hillsdale for seeds and supplies
  • Read up on composting and start a compost bin
  • Build a water garden
  • Cut back on plastics
  • Search online for a native tree that is a perfect fit for your backyard and call a local contractor for ordering and installation

Celebrate Earth Day but remember our everyday actions are the true measure of our commitment. Let us know how you spent your Earth Day 2020.

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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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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