NJ State Parks Vax Pass

Every New Jerseyan who is fully vaccinated or receives their first COVID-19 vaccination shot by July 4th is eligible for a free season “State Parks Vax Pass” good for entrance at any State park for the rest of 2021. Go to nj.gov/vaxandvisit to register for your State Parks Vax Pass and you will receive an email with your pass. Once you have your pass, you can go to any State park and get free entry.
https://www.nj.gov/dep/vaxandvisit/

Creative Uses for Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

“Toilet paper rolls are as useful as the paper that comes on them. You can make everything with toilet paper rolls from seed pots and compost to bird feeders and even pet toys. Check out these clever uses for toilet paper rolls. Then, invent your own.”
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/uses-for-toilet-paper-rolls-1389229

The Great Geomagnetic Storm of May 1921

You know a solar storm is serious when buildings burst into flame. Sounds crazy? It really happened 100 years ago today.
https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2021/05/15/100-years-later-the-great-geomagnetic-storm-of-may-1921/
==> Elementary school students: Learn more about sunspots, solar flares, and the effects of solar activity on earth.
==> Older students: Learn more about solar storms and space weather at
What is a magnetic storm?
Solar Storm and Space Weather – FAQ
Storms From the Sun

Screen-Free Week

Screen-Free Week is coming May 3-9, 2021 – an annual celebration of unplugging, reconnection, and joy!  https://www.screenfree.org/resources-for-families-individuals/
Screen-Free book list: https://www.screenfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/21CC0326_sfwbooklist_5.pdf

==> More screen-free activities:

Befriend a Tree!

Tinkergarten‘s ‘My Friend the Tree’ activity “offers kids and families the opportunity to deepen their awareness of and connection to the amazing trees that they see every day.”
https://tinkergarten.com/activities/befriend-a-tree
==> Get the complete May calendar from Tinkergarten: https://d2gesac5hma2c2.cloudfront.net/uploads/attachment/file/1992/Tinkerarten_May21_Calendar.pdf

FREE webinar – Grow Exotic Leafy Greens!

Thursday, April 22 6:30 PM: Learn about leafy vegetables popular with people of the Mediterranean region and how to grow them in NJ. Suggested varieties and how to prepare them, will also be covered. Presented by lifelong New Jersey farmer Dave Specca, who holds a BS in Horticulture and an MS in Plant Science from Rutgers University. For a personal invite, E-mail your name to mastergardeners@co.middlesex.nj.us with “RU Ready” as the subject.
https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/event.php?id=21548
==> See all RU Ready to Garden Webcasts:
http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/RUReady2Garden.aspx
==> Check out our updated GREEN LAWN & GARDEN WEBFINDER for some great gardening resources! https://southplainfieldlibrary.wordpress.com/2021/04/12/webfinder-green-lawn-garden/

Craft a paper flower bouquet

Make colorful flowers out of pencils, markers, and construction paper. Learn about paintings that feature flowers. Then make your own inspired floral creations! https://www.getty.edu/education/kids_families/programs/artful_bouquet/
==> More artsy activities: http://www.getty.edu/education/kids_families/do_at_home/