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Demarest Nature Center Association, Box 41, Demarest, N.J., 07627

www.demarestnaturecenter.org Winter 2010 Vol. XXXV, No. 1

President’s Message Greetings to all! Charitable Foundation for generous donation this year. their If you The New Jersey Batman will also conduct a program for the seventh graders to learn about bats and how this misunderstood mammal is so I hope everyone had a happy holiday and a safe and successful New Year. remember, last year’s contribution went towards the hiring of naturalist Marc Gussen to assist us in identifying I’d like to thank all who were able to join us for the various activities we sponsored throughout 2009. We couldn’t have done it without you. Your membership in the Nature Center and patronage at our events support a variety of school programs that we sponsor. important survival. environment and our Fact: A single little to our Quick Gus Stumpp the Loop and trees on identification from hou , purchase This brown bat can eat up mosquitoes in a single 500-1,000 and is one to tags. foundation the helped blaze year, us Closter of the world’s longest-lived for its size, with a life span 40 years. the Trail. It the mammals of almost starts at new tennis courts in proceeds north Wakelee Field into Closter. and The contribution allowed purchase to us

Coming up this year will be Naturalist Mark Gussen’s nature tour with our kindergarteners in the Nature Center. Marc will also conduct a class on butterflies for the first graders.

We’ll also sponsor a field trip for the second graders to Abmas Farm (www. abmasfarm.com/). A north New Jersey working farm “for the past eighty years and four generations”.

Your support also allows us to award a $1000 scholarship every year to a senior from NV Demarest, Holy Angels or any child of a member of the Demarest Nature Center who has been accepted into a college or university to pursue a course of study related to the environmental sciences.

As you also know, your financial support funds the upkeep of our Nature Center. It pays for the tools and materials to establish and maintain our

boardwalks

as well as the

blazes

for the trail.

You can read a

review

materials

for

three

bridges

and

two

of

the

trail

by

founding

member

and

current trustee Dave Emerson Dave, besides being part of

inside. almost

everything the Nature

that has happened in Center since 1973, was

instrumental

in

establishing

this

trail.

OK, that’s my “presidential message” which is a big thank you note to all. Now take a hike!

The third graders get to experience the specialness and beauty of Greenbrook Sanctuary (www.njpalisades.org/ greenbrook.htm) in Alpine where the naturalist will conduct a program that dove tails with their studies.

trails want

and common areas. to thank the Michael

We again Robertson

Kevin Riley

The forth graders will experience Marc Gussen’s wonderful presentation of the Lenni Lanape Indians and their high tech tools of the day.

The Lenni Lanape Indians inhabited this area at the time the first Europeans arrived.

The sixth graders will explore the rainforest courtesy of the New Jersey Batman, (www.njbatman.com/). Quick Facts: One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second. In New Jersey we lose forty acres of open space each day. That’s like the Demarest Nature Center being destroyed in a day and a half.

Art Center at the Old Church faculty member David Shirey creating pots at Oktoberfest. (Photo: Kevin Riley)

”This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.

All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.”

Chief Seattle

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