Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest:
An Environment Celebration of the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers
Call for families to attend free Eco-Fest in Victory Park on June 2
May 29, 2018
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9am to 12:30pm
Victory Park in Rumson, NJ
Rain Date: June 3
Rumson, NJ: On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Clean Ocean Action, The Rumson Environmental Commission and Rally for the Navesink Alliance members will host the inaugural Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest at Victory Park in Rumson, NJ. This FREE, family-friendly event is made possible thanks to the Marta Heflin Foundation and will include educational kid's crafts, live music from the Red Bank School of Rock, yoga, face painting, river seining, ribbon dancing and more!
“We are thrilled to collaborate with so many local organizations and municipalities to make the ‘Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest’ possible! This event is a celebration of the incredible strides that have been made toward restoring the Navesink by 2020, and our expectation is that this event inspires children and families alike to be stewards of the two rivers community,” said Alison McCarthy, Coastal Watershed Protection Coordinator, Clean Ocean Action.
Children can join the fun by getting their Environmental Passport stamped by visiting activity stations. Kids can travel among environmental activities covering everything from seining and sail trimming to rain gardens and Sea Change Storytime. Completed passports can be redeemed for free giveaways from local businesses throughout June, including a free ice a cream cone from Moby’s Lobster Deck and Ice Cream in Highlands!
“The goal of the ‘Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest’ is to ensure that kids become active stewards by instilling them with the wonder of our waterways. The event will also provide many activities to empower them with Watershed Mindfulness—an understanding of their connection and responsibility to the protection of the waterways. Indeed, the future of our waterways is always in the hands of the next generation,” exclaimed Cindy Zipf, Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action.
Activities include yoga with Flow Paddle yoga, a river meditation with Jennifer Borenius of We are SURE, Bottle Cap Mandala art project with the Red Bank Environmental Commission, and understanding Watershed Mindfulness by learning your water address and five easy steps for clean water with Clean Ocean Action, among other fun actions.
"We are all connected: as a people and a planet. We can no longer ignore the significant impact we are having here on the Navesink. We are SURE, Single Use Reduction Effort, starts with one bag, one bottle at a time, it starts here with YOU!" said Jennifer Borenius, Director of Business Development, We are SURE.
Participating organizations and activities include: decomposition timeline, landfill and trash sorting by Rumson Environmental Commission and the Forrestdale Environmental Club; stormwater presentation by Rumson Department of Public Works; “Soak-It-Up”, Beach Sweeps/Marine Debris, and Know Your Water Address demonstrations by Clean Ocean Action plus Sea Change Storytime; knot tying and sail trimming by River Rats Sailing Association; Web of Life presentation by NY/NJ Baykeeper; Memory Card Game by Rumson Garden Club; water conservation by ANJEC; plastics reduction by We are SURE; caps and lids Mandala Art project by the Red Bank Environmental Commission; yoga by Flow Paddle Yoga; Ergs with RFH Rowing; water quality testing with NJ DEP and Citizen Science Volunteers; reusable bags and native plants with Little Silver Environmental Commission; rain gardens and rain barrels with Fair Haven Green Team; enviroscape with Tinton Falls Environmental Commission; animal waste with Middletown Environmental Commission; composting with Master Gardeners of Monmouth; terrapin education with RFH Project Terrapin; marine debris timeline with NJ Sea Grant; Creative Movement Workshop with Global Water Dances/Eureka Movement Wellness Center; river meditation led by Jennifer Borenius of We are SURE; information tables by Navesink Maritime Heritage and Oceanport Water Watch; and more!
“In an effort to support the health of the Navesink River, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Rowing Team has partnered with COA to help bring awareness to this green-energy driven sport. Student athletes will be demonstrating how to row on an Erg machine, and assisting those interested in learning,” stated Sarah Burns, Co-event Chair, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Rowing Team.
Although the event is free, citizens are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook, EventBright, or visit CleanOceanAction.org to learn more.
Love your Rivers: Sein the river with the American Littoral Society at the “Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest” on Saturday, June 2nd to learn more about the critters living in your river!
Rally for the Navesink is a grassroots, watershed-wide alliance that links citizens to solutions to break the cycle of pollution. Follow Facebook atRally for the Navesink to receive updates and info about upcoming meetings and events. To get involved, contact Clean Ocean Action at 732-872-0111 or email email@example.com.
Rally for the Navesink Alliance Members:
American Littoral Society, ANJEC, Bayshore Anglers Association, Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, Conserve Claypit Creek, Hartshorne Woods Association, Monmouth Boat Club, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Navesink Business Group, Navesink Maritime Heritage Association and River Rangers, Navesink Shrewsbury River Fishing Club, Navesink River Rowing Club, NJ Friends of Clearwater, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Oceanport Water Watch Committee, Oceanic Free Library, Pirates Care, Recreational Fishing Alliance, Red Bank Business Alliance, River Rats, Riverview Medical Center, Rumson Garden Club, Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club, Sierra Club, Shore Group, Surfrider-Jersey Shore Chapter, and growing.