Hackensack Riverkeeper
231 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-968-0808
201-968-0336 (FAX)
Info@HackensackRiverkeeper.org
www.HackensackRiverkeeper.org

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

Contact: Captain Hugh Carola, Program Director

HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER’S 2012 ECO-PROGRAM SEASON HAS BEGUN

Despite a rainy start, the group’s environmental education programs are off and running

Hackensack, NJ – Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2012 Eco-Program season. Through their Eco-Cruises, Paddling Center, River Cleanups, Bird-Walks and special outdoor events, the environmental advocacy group provides thousands of people each year with an up-close and personal experience of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Hackensack Riverkeeper’s Eco-Programs combine hands-on environmental education with public service and fun – and have since 1997. The season takes place annually from Earth Day through the end of October.

“This past weekend’s rain, while welcome, did put a damper on our Program Launch,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “However we’ve rescheduled our inaugural River Cleanup for this coming Sunday at Overpeck Park and everything else is good to go.”

As always, Hackensack Riverkeeper offers four unique and distinct Eco-Programs:

ECO-CRUISES. Hackensack Riverkeeper has been conducting these enjoyable excursions since 1995. Thirty-nine Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 5 through October 14 aboard the pontoon cruisers Edward Abbey and Robert H. Boyle. Open trips are great for individuals, couples, and families and can be had for a donation of $25 per person for adults / $10 for kids 12 and under. The group offers three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries: Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, which runs upriver to the center of Hackensack and the USS Ling; and Excursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and back past the port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth.

Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 26 people for any available date/time May 1 through October 28. Hackensack Riverkeeper asks a donation of $300 per boat for Adult Charter Eco-Cruises and $250 for Youth Charters. Those interested can call Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 for more info or to book a trip. Open Eco-Cruise dates/times are not available for charters.

GUIDED PADDLES. Hackensack Riverkeeper’s Paddling Center, located on the river at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ is now open weekends through October 28 weather permitting. The Center offers both canoe & kayak rentals ($25 per paddler w/ a 2-paddler minimum) and guided tours through the nearby wetlands. Three summertime moonlight paddles are also scheduled. Cost: $30 per paddler. In addition to 18 scheduled river trips, Hackensack Riverkeeper’s 4th Annual Reservoir Challenge on Oradell Reservoir takes place on June 2 and the Second Annual Lake Tappan Paddle Day is set August 11. Call for more details or click on www.hackensackriverkeeper.org. In addition, Private Group Paddles at reasonable rates can be arranged by calling Capt. Hugh at 201-968-0808 or e-mailing hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org.

RIVER CLEANUPS. These active conservation events give people the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities by doing some “watershed housekeeping”. River Cleanups are scheduled at eight different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from Oradell Reservoir in the north to Bayonne’s 16th Street Park in the south. Hackensack Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Events and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Menchise at 201-968-0808 or e-mail her at Sarah@hackensackriverkeeper.org or visit www.hackensackriverkeeper.org.

BIRD-WALKS. For groups interested in birding and bird study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead Bird-Walks or hawk watches at local birding hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call him at 201-968-0808. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration of trip; for up to 12 people.

“This past non-winter had Capt. Bill and me chomping at the bit to get back out on the water,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “And now that our program season is upon us, we, our Paddling Center staff and all of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper are looking forward to doing just that and introducing more people than ever to their Hackensack River.”

All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info, including descriptions and schedules is available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org.

2012 ECO-PROGRAM SCHEDULE

OPEN ECO-CRUISES

Sat, 5-5 M 1 PM
Sun, 5-6M 1 PM
Sat, 5-12M 1 PM
Sun, 5-13 M Noon
Sun, 5-13 H 3 PM
Sun, 5-20 M 3 PM
Sat, 5-26 B 3 PM
Sat, 6-9 B 10 AM
Sun, 6-10 H 5 PM
Thu, 6-14 H 6 PM
Sun, 6-17 B 5 PM
Wed, 6-20 B 6 PM
Tue, 6-26B 6 PM
Fri, 6-29 H 6 PM
Thu, 7-5B 6 PM
Tue, 7-10 B 6 PM
Fri, 7-13H 6 PM
Wed, 7-18 B 6 PM
Mon, 7-23 M 6 PM
Thu, 7-26 M 6 PM
Tue, 7-31 M 6 PM
Thu, 8-2 M 6 PM
Sun, 8-5 H 10AM
Wed, 8-8 M 6 PM
Sat, 8-18M 5 PM
Sun, 8-19M 5 PM
Sat, 8-25H 5 PM
Sun, 8-26B 5 PM
Sat, 9-1M 5 PM
Sat, 9-15M 5 PM
Sun, 9-16B 5 PM
Sat, 9-22H 3 PM
Sun, 9-23H 3 PM
Sat, 9-29M 3 PM
Sat, 10-6H Noon
Sun, 10-7B Noon
Sat, 10-13M Noon
Sun, 10-14M Noon

B Newark Bay Trip H Hackensack Trip M Meadowlands Trip

GUIDED PADDLES

Sat, 5-5 Noon Low Tide /Birding
Sun, 5-6 9 AM High Tide
Sat, 5-26 9 AM Incoming Tide / Birding
Sun, 5-27 2 PM High Tide
Sat, 6-2 Reservoir Challenge*
Fri 6-6 7:30 PM Full Moon
Sat, 6-23 10 AM Incoming Tide
Sun 6-24 10 AM Incoming Tide
Tue, 7-3 7:30 PM Full Moon
Sat, 7-7 9 AM Incoming Tide
Sun, 7-8 9 AM Incoming Tide
Sat, 7-21 4 PM Low Tide /Birding
Sun, 7-22 10 AM High Tide
Wed, 8-1 7:30 PM Moonlight
Sat, 8-11 Lake Tappan Paddle Day*
Sat, 8-18 9 AM High Tide
Sun, 8-19 10 AM High Tide
Sun, 9-2 10 AM High Tide
Sat, 9-22 9 AM Low Tide /Birding
Sun, 9-23 10 AM Low Tide /Birding

Guided Paddle Costs: $30 per paddler / $15 canoe passengers / $15 per paddler w/ own boat
Rentals: $25 per paddler / $15 per canoe passenger

All paddlers MUST be 16 years or older; All boats MUST have 1 adult aboard;
NO passengers under age 7 are allowed.

* For Reservoir Paddles, all paddlers MUST be pre-registered ($50 per paddler / $25 per paddler w/ own boat; ONLINE registration only.)

RIVER CLEANUPS

Sun, 4-29 10 AM – 2 PM Overpeck Park, Teaneck
Sun, 5-20 8 AM – Noon Kenneth B. George Park, River Edge
Sat, 6-23 1 PM – 4 PM Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus
Sat, 7-14 10 AM – 2 PM 16th St. Park, Bayonne
Sat, 8-4 10 AM – 2 PM Johnson Park, Hackensack
Sat, 8-25 10 AM – 2 PM Oradell Reservoir, Haworth
Sun, 9-16 10 AM – 1 PM Van Saun Mill Brook, Paramus
Sat, 10-20 Noon – 4 PM Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus

Civic and Scout Groups of 10 or less from Hackensack River Watershed communities are welcome to participate in public Cleanups. Group leaders are asked to register w/ Sarah Menchise at 201-968-0808 to ensure that enough supplies are on hand.

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