EarthShare New Jersey (ESNJ) is hosting the 5th annual 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 ESNJ member or friend for an environmental project (projects are available in most counties). Once the project is complete, the team and site will be evaluated for overall scope and impact by panelists. The results will be tabulated and awards will be presented for Best Overall Challenge, Team Work, Spirit and more at EarthShare NJ’s Earth Care Day on October 4th at Cheesequake State Park!
Following is a list of project venues to choose from. Simply select your venue and submit the reservation form with your commitment. Sites are not reserved until payment is received.
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.
The following projects have been developed specifically for the Green Day Challenge. All sites are hosted by a registered 501(c)3 organization that is affiliated with EarthShare NJ as a member or friend.
Volunteers will help clean up beautiful Ramapo Mountain State Forest overlooking the NYC skyline and Ramapo Lake.
Forest Restoration – Save the chestnut oak forest plant community trees from being strangled by invasive vines by cutting them with loopers to free the tree canopy. Activity level is moderate.
Meadow Restoration – Remove invasive grasses and vines that are threatening rare and endangered plants in the wildflower meadow.
Volunteers will enjoy working in the organic community garden! The garden provides the mostly low income population of Bridgeton with access to healthy organic produce.
Set in the nation’s first county park, volunteers support a variety of tasks that include removal of invasive species, planting, pruning, watering, mulching and tending to the soil.
Join us for a cleanup of the river bank and surrounding area! Volunteers will comb the banks of the Hackensack River, picking up trash and debris.
Volunteers will be weeding, mulching, and preparing the brand new community garden for spring. This garden will provide exciting new programs such as, teaching children with an engaging outdoor educational experience on growing fruits, veggies, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Work with the Urban Agriculture staff on community or school garden improvement or development. This may involve moving wood chips, weeding, and planting. The garden helps foster a healthy and sustainable community.
Volunteers will assist with weeding, shoveling, mulching and planting.