Green Day Challenge




Corporate Green Day Challenge – April 7, 2017      

Join the challenge to work hand-in-hand with environmental non-profit organizations and make a difference!  

 Are you up for the challenge?   

EarthShare New Jersey is hosting the Corporate Green Day Challenge to get businesses involved with our environment.  This challenge invites employers large and small from across the state to partner with an EarthShare New Jersey member for an environmental project.  (Projects are available in most counties.) Once the project is complete, the team and site will be evaluated by panelists, hosts and participants.  The results will be tabulated and awards will be presented for Best Overall Challenge, Team Work, Spirit and more at the Earth Day Leadership Breakfast on April 24th at Duke Farms (Hillsborough, NJ).

The 2017 project sites are still being finalized.  A complete list will be posted soon!

Each 3 – 4 hour volunteer event at a site you select includes water, supplies and guidance. The participation fee also includes a donation.  Lunch can be added for an additional cost.

1 – 5 employees              $500
6- 15 employees             $750
16 – 25 employees            $1,000
26 – 40 employees             $2,000
41+ employees          priced upon request

(Contact ESNJ to arrange for larger groups and pricing)

 Project sites will be assigned on a first come first served basis.  Complete the Corporate Green Day Challenge Reservation Form and return it to by March 24, 2017.

2017 Corporate Green Day Challenge Reservation Form 

Bergen County                                         Englewood                          5 – 15 volunteers

Assist in trail maintenance and invasive plant removal at a 150 acre nature facility.  There are no special skills required except care and concern for our natural surroundings.  Help to improve the trail system and restore an old growth woodland.

Bergen County                                      Franklin Lakes          16 or more volunteers

Project focuses on removal of invasive/non-native plants species from the butterfly and hummingbird gardens.  Plants to be removed will include Garlic Mustard, Japanese Barberry, Tree of Heaven, Mile A Minute Vine, etc.  No special/specific skills required.

Bergen County                                      Franklin Lakes          16 or more volunteers

Handicapped accessible nature trail needs to be resurfaced with fine gravel.  Trail is to be used by students and visitors in wheelchairs and mobility aids.  All equipment provided.

Bergen County    RESERVED                            Oakland                               5 – 15 volunteers

Work in a beautiful setting within Ramapo Mountain State Forest to help restore native habitat.  you’ll be removing an invasive shrub that has taken over a section of the park and planting a variety of tree seedlings provided by the NJ Tree Foundation to help restore the forest in that area.  No experience necessary.

Burlington County                                     Shamong          16-25 volunteers

Gearing up for a busy season requires lots o f work!  Help us prepare the center for spring activities!  Cleaning and maintenance of canoes/kayaks, painting the center, trash pickup around pond area, yard maintenance and more.  This important step off point is where so many venture into the Pinelands each season to learn more about this critical ecosystem.  Come help us prepare!

Camden County     RESERVED                        Camden          5 – 15 volunteers

Work at an urban garden in Camden!  Volunteers could be weeding, mulching, turning compost, etc. Not to worry about enough to do…there is also a 24 bed retreat center that needs some attention too! No specific experience needed.

Cape May County                                     Cape May          any number of volunteers

Help to ready the nature center for the 2017 season.  This includes opening up the marine science lab, prepping the fish tanks, doing some touch-up painting work throughout the facility, cleaning and preparing the classrooms, gardening, trail maintenance etc.  No special skills required, but carpentry or painting skills a plus.

Cape May County                           Cape May Court House             1 – 15 volunteers

This example of backyard wildlife habitat needs a little TLC including trail maintenance, garden maintenance and planting of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.  Located on the Sluice Creek in Cape May Court House, this gorgeous bit of upland habitat surrounded by a beautiful marsh.  Workers need to be able bodied and use shovels, rakes, etc.

Cape May County                                Cape May Point                   16 – 25 volunteers

At the north end of Lily Lake, this space is surrounded by 1.4 acres of maritime forest.  Recently restored native vegetation, new path, and bird blind have been very well used by birds and birders alike!  The site requires constant maintenance to keep out invasive species, maintain the trail, and bring in more native species.  This is a wonderful place to spend a few hours helping out.  Work will include vine removal, shrub planting and spread wood chips on existing path

Cumberland County                                  Bridgeton                        5 – 15 volunteers

Work a day in the organic community garden!  The Garden provides the mostly migrant, low-income population of Bridgeton with access to healthy organic produce.  The day could consist of greenhouse tasks, seed planting, working the compost pile, and cleaning plant beds.  No experience is necessary.

Essex County                                             Newark              any number of volunteers

Join the clean up of Newark’s Riverfront Park that is located just steps from the Ironbound district and provides breathtaking views of the Passaic River!  Participants will help to care for one of the state’s most urban parks in a community where every acre of open space is precious.

Essex County   RESERVED                                Newark              any number of volunteers

Come work at an urban environmental center or on an urban farm.  Volunteers could be planting, harvesting, weeding, moving mulch, building raised beds or more.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about urban gardening and explore a part of Newark not everyone is familiar with.

Essex County                                       Upper Montclair                   16-25 volunteers

This river, pond and park clean-up will bring new beauty to a debris ridden space.  No special skills required, but a good pair of boots and dress appropriate for the weather will help.  A love of nature is appreciated and volunteers will leave with a new appreciation for the role of rivers and ponds in suburbs, upstream and downstream challenges, trends in remediation and water policies.

Hudson County    RESERVED                            Jersey City        any number of volunteers

Help to prep the gardens of this treasured state park for the spring season.  With so many beautiful gardens to tend to, volunteer work may involve weeding, cleaning out the beds from winter, plantings for spring, pruning or more.  While it is hard work, there is a beautiful payout in the end.

Hudson County   RESERVED                              Secaucus                 26 or more volunteers

Meet at a paddling center and the group is split into 2 teams.  One will board canoes and pluck trash from the waterway as they paddle, the other will pick up trash while walking the riverbank.  There will be an opportunity for the group to switch from land to water midway through the cleanup.  (generally, any ambulatory person can participate in a river cleanup, and participants are not pushed outside their physical comfort zone)

Mercer County   RESERVED                               Princeton                       16 – 25 volunteers

Protect a 5 year old forest/habitat restoration area by replacing old fencing with new deer enclosure fence.  The perimeter of the area will be cleared of brush, posts will be driven into the ground and fencing attached.  Some physical labor is required.  Springtime in the woods requires outdoor clothing and work gloves.

Mercer County                                           Trenton                           16-25 volunteers

Working with Urban Agriculture staff on community or school garden clean-up or development, or working on vacant lot stabilization or park improvements with our Clean & Green crew.  Typical work involves physical labor such as moving compost or wood chips, weeding, planting and/or trash pick-up.

Middlesex County                                     Plainsboro                           5-15 volunteers

Primary task involves spring care for this special preserve.  Work includes removing non-native invasive barberry shrubs from the Yellow Trail, cleaning up debris piles and relining trails.

Monmouth County                                  Union Beach   any number of volunteers

Help to clean up Union Beach.  Union Beach was one of the hardest hit communities during Superstorm Sandy, with some residents still not back in their homes.  While the needs of the community are priority, the beach often goes overlooked.  These cleanups have been organized since the storm to help ease the burden to residents.

Morris County   RESERVED                                 Boonton                            5 – 15 volunteers

Volunteers will help with general cleanup of this 44 acre preserved property.   Spring maintenance of the native garden and surrounding property may include raking leaves, trimming plants, shrubs and planting.  Some interior work may also be possible.  The work of this team will make it possible for many others to enjoy this little piece of heaven in Morris County.

Somerset County                                        Bernardsville                   16-25 volunteers

Volunteers will be divided into 3 or 4 teams.  Each team will go to part of the  276 wildlife sanctuary to cut small populations of Japanese Barberry; an introduced invasive plant that out-competes native plants when it becomes a mono culture.  Barberry produces lots of seeds and changes the PH of the soil.  Volunteers are able to bring their favorite gardening tools to help with the cleanout.

Projects are being added regularly.
Check back often for more choices!

We look forward to seeing you and your team April 7th! 

Thank you for helping EarthShare New Jersey
to make our state a healthier, safer and greener place
to live, work, and play!