Monday, April 19, 2010

Bears. New Jersey. Flat Rock Nature Center. Presentation. Bear Education and Resource Group. 2010.

A very short notice here...I am cross posting an announcement for an audiovisual presentation about New Jersey's bear situation. If you haven't visited the Flat Rock Nature Center in Englewood, then this is a great time to come. Arrive early and explore the grounds and then attend the presentation.


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Sierra Club North Jersey Group

Presents:

“Living with Black Bears in New Jersey” - an audiovisual presentation by Janet Piszar, Director of the Bear Education and Resource (BEAR) Group, about almost everything-you- ever-wanted- to-know about black bears. Her program will cover New Jersey's bear situation and the controversy over the proposed bear hunt and bear population statistics.

Piszar will explain the history and evolution of black bears, their nature, temperament, biology, ecology, social organization, diet, habits, and more. She will discuss current bear management practices, dos and don'ts when encountering a bear, bear proofing and other precautions, and simple lifestyle adjustments to keep bears from being attracted into human environments.

The nonprofit BEAR Group was established in 1992 to dispel the myths that give rise to unfounded fears of black bears. BEAR Group volunteer activists have been educated by the world renown bear expert Lynn Rogers, PhD.

Bring your questions!

Thursday, April 22
7:30 PM
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
Directions - scroll down

FREE. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please call 201-461-4534 or e-mail BetsyKohn@aol. com

DIRECTIONS

> FROM NJ TURNPIKE (1-95) NORTH:
Take NJTP/I-95 to end -- to exit 18. Stay on 1-95 North. Follow signs for George Washington Bridge and New York.

Please note: always stay in the LOCAL lanes to the right.

Take EXIT 71 (Broad Avenue Leonia Englewood). At the end of the exit ramp, turn RIGHT onto Broad Avenue. At the second light, turn RIGHT onto Van Nostrand Avenue and proceed straight up to the end (passing through a 4-way stop intersection at Jones Road). You'll see the nature center sign in front of you and the road leading up to the center. Parking available next to the nature center or below on Van Nostrand Avenue.

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> FROM ROUTE 80 EASTWARD (to George Washington Bridge):
Please note: always stay in the local lanes to the right.

Take EXIT 71 (Broad Avenue Leonia Englewood). Turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp onto Broad Avenue. At the second traffic light, turn RIGHT onto Van Nostrand Avenue and proceed up to the end. In front of you, you'll see the nature center sign and the road leading up to the center. Parking available next to the nature center or below on Van Nostrand Avenue.

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> FROM ROUTE 4 EASTWARD:
Take the JONES ROAD EXIT in Englewood. (The Jones Road exit is the exit that comes after Grand Avenue.) Turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp, go about a block to a 4-way stop intersection. Turn RIGHT onto Van Nostrand Avenue and proceed to the end (about four suburban blocks). In front of you, you'll see the nature center sign and the road leading up to the center. Parking available next to the nature center or below on Van Nostrand Avenue.
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> FROM ROUTE 4 WESTWARD:
If you are coming from NYC and George Washington Bridge: take the center right lane to avoid being caught in far right lane traffic exiting onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway. (If by mistake, you go onto the PIP, continue and take Exit 1 and follow the directions from Palisades Interstate Parkway--scroll down)

Once you get to the NJ side of the GW Bridge, stay in the center right lane and look for and follow signs for Route 4 (Hackensack, Paramus). After the exit for 46, stay to the right and get into the right lane for Route 4. You'll pass the Best Western, four gas stations (Lukoil, Exxon, BP and Gulf) and Myrtle Road, all on the right. Look for the JONES ROAD EXIT (Englewood) which is not far beyond Myrtle Road.

Take the JONES ROAD EXIT. Turn RIGHT at the end of the exit ramp, go a block to a 4-way stop intersection. Turn RIGHT onto Van Nostrand Avenue and proceed to the end (about three suburban blocks). In front of you, you'll see the nature center sign and the road leading up to the center. Parking available next to the nature center or below on Van Nostrand Avenue.

(Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is about 7-8 minutes driving time from the GW Bridge.)

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> FROM ENGLEWOOD CENTER (Intersection of Grand & Palisade Avenues):
Proceed east (up the hill) on Palisade Avenue to SECOND LIGHT (intersection with Jones Road). Turn RIGHT (south) onto Jones Road. After a half mile or so, you'll come to a first 4-way stop intersection at Linden Avenue, then a second 4-way stop at Van Nostrand Avenue. Turn LEFT onto Van Nostrand and proceed about three suburban blocks up to the end. In front of you, you'll see the nature center sign and the road leading up to the center. Parking available next to the nature center or below on Van Nostrand Avenue.

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> FROM PALISADE INTERSTATE PARKWAY (PIP), NORTH AND SOUTH:
Take EXIT 1 (Englewood Cliffs, Englewood). Turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp and proceed straight (west) on Palisade Avenue, through two traffic lights (the first is at Sylvan Avenue/Route 9W, the second is at Summit Ave).

At the THIRD LIGHT (the intersection at Jones Road to the left and Brayton Road to the right), turn LEFT onto Jones Road and proceed south. After a half mile or so, you'll come to a first 4-way stop intersection at Linden Avenue, then a second 4-way stop at Van Nostrand Avenue. Turn LEFT onto Van Nostrand and proceed about three suburban blocks up to the end. In front of you, you'll see the nature center sign and the road leading up to the center. Parking available next to the nature center or below on Van Nostrand Avenue.


The Nature Center has directions also at:
http://www.flatrock brook.org/ about/directions .html


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Sierra Club North Jersey Group
http://www.newjerse y.sierraclub. org/North

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