You’re cordially invited to join us for an engaging celebration of Spring at the Sunday Gathering on April 23, 11 am. We will explore “Sacred Spaces” for all living things and learn how to protect ecological royalty: the Hackensack River American Eel.
Let’s take action for our planet
Rather than Earth Day-styled events that simply talk about protecting our home, this year we will be spotlighting how our community members, both young and old, participate in a variety of projects to actively help heal and sustain our planet.
Thanks to the NY/NJ Estuary Program and the Hudson River Foundation, the Ethical Society was one of four partners chosen to monitor the American Eel population in New Jersey. The eel is both an “indicator” species of a river’s health and a “keystone” part of a river’s biota. Raising awareness of the Hackensack River’s eel population is a way of measuring progress of conservation efforts and creating a baseline for future study. The Society will be collecting data from three monitoring stations.
Our Society also received a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to explore how spaces and places get protected and celebrated. Our grant will focus on creating a list of best practices that can be used by a variety of groups for fostering “place attachment.” Getting people connected to space and places around them is a crucial part of ensuring preservation.
Please be part of our success
These two projects, along with our efforts to raise science literacy in young adults through our Family & Friends Circle and the Great NJ Science Show, are all a part of our Society’s commitment to building and protecting “A Home for Us All.” These projects offer many volunteer opportunities, and we hope everyone comes out to hear what we’re doing and the myriad of ways individuals can get involved.
We’ll have live music, food, and activities for all ages, so please plan to celebrate with us in person or on Zoom as we enjoy the warmth of each other’s company.
Susan Lesh, Festivals chair