This will be a virtual, multi-media presentation
Our Go Wild Winter Festival is an online series of six programs with each program featuring one or more speakers. The schedule for each day will be two presentations per day, the first at 11 AM, and the second at 2 PM, allowing time for a lunch break and enabling our guests to truly enjoy and savor each program while attending to their normal routines of the day. The focus will be on protecting our wildlife for us and future generations as this pandemic shocked us in the reality that we will not survive if we don’t listen to Mother Nature and care for our air, water, forest, land and wildlife through conservation awareness, education, and advocacy.
February 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2021
Registration is required. Please do so by completing the form on this page. Registration ends on February 1st.
The GCNJ’s Go Wild Winter Festival will include a program given by Conserve Wildlife Executive Director, David Wheeler, and will be an interactive Wildlife Action Plan, helping to save our rare and imperiled wildlife with actions we can take. This action plan was developed by the NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, with help from the public, the state’s conservation groups and other stakeholders. David Wheeler authored ‘Wild New Jersey, Nature Adventures in the Garden State’, and is a passionate promoter, and defender of wildlife in our state, continually advocating for our wildlife. I’m not sure who covered more territory in New Jersey on its highways, byways, parks, paths, hamlets, towns, cities from our rugged Northwest Highlands to the Heartland in west Jersey, to the Jersey Shore, and the Pinelands and Cape May to the South, David Wheeler or Douglas H. Fisher, Secretary of Agriculture. Both gentlemen have so many stories of people and places in our great state, and it’s a pleasure to hear their tales.
A program, not to be missed, features two New Jersey heroes, who have fought valiantly over the last several decades to protect Liberty State Park from privatization and commercialization. If you haven’t been to Liberty State Park in many years, or never have had the opportunity, Sam Pesin, President of Friends of Liberty State Park and Greg Remaud, CEO of NY/NJ Baykeepers will make you want to drop everything and take a trip to see what you’ve been missing in this fabulous state park that has become a worldwide beacon as an unparalleled urban oasis gazing out to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. Sam and Greg are looking forward to sharing the glorious history replete with the story of Sam’s father, the visionary Morris Pesin, Father of Liberty State Park, as he saw, just as John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt did in the breathtakingly beautiful Wild West, that Jersey City has its own Wild East in an urban setting. It’s a story of the impact and difference one person can make that reverberates globally. Rutgers and The Garden Club of New Jersey is fortunate to have Bruce Crawford in our midst as he has assumed a new position at Rutgers Extension Service and is our liaison to NJ horticulture, workshops and more. Bruce will do a program entitled ‘Trees & Flora for Creating Wildlife Habitat’. Bruce is a dynamic speaker and has his audience always begging for more as his passion for horticulture, past, present and future is a gift he shares continually. Lucky us! More surprises await, plus a Wildlife Photographer…..