Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth Day Hike and Caring for Ringwood Day


Contact: Bliss Sando

Celebrate Earth Day in Ringwood, NJ

RINGWOOD, NJ-In the heart of New Jersey’s scenic Highlands region, the Borough of Ringwood hosts two annual Earth Day events: The Earth Day Hike and Caring for Ringwood Day.

Ringwood's Earth Day Hike is on April 22 at 1 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, April 29 at 1 pm).  The Earth Day Hike is free. Those who wish to participate should arrive fifteen minutes early at the Community Presbyterian Church on Carletondale Road near Cupsaw Lake. The destination will be Governor’s Mountain, located in the southwest section of Ringwood State Park with a beautiful view of the countryside at its summit.  The trail is of moderate difficulty and the hike should take approximately 2 hours to complete.  It is recommended that everyone brings their own water bottle and wear hiking shoes.  This event is being sponsored by the Ringwood Environmental Commission and Ringwood Outdoors.   

On Saturday, April 28, the 27th Annual Caring for Ringwood Day will be held (with a rain date of Sunday, April 29).  This town tradition is a day where residents have a chance to clean up litter and debris on Ringwood’s roadsides, fields, and parks.  This idea was originated by the Ringwood Women’s Club, which also co-sponsors the event.

The Caring for Ringwood Day event begins at 9 am in the parking lot of the Ringwood Library (also a park-and-ride), where complimentary bagels and coffee will be provided and equipment distributed.  Groups will then be dispatched to their assigned cleanup locations until 11:30 am.  At that time, everyone will be invited back to the park-and-ride lot for a presentation by Amy Jolin (program director for City Green) about composting and gardening.  Following the presentation, a complimentary lunch of hot dogs and other snacks will be served.

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to pre-register in groups and can call Karen Garceau in the Recycling Department at (973) 475-7179 to be assigned a cleanup location. 

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