Aug
7
7:30 PM19:30

Night Sky Viewing

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Friends of Princeton Open Space and the Princeton Public Library will host Night Sky Viewing , a free community event on August 7 at 7:30 pm. The highlights of this free star-gazing event include a night sky tour where participants will spot planets and constellations through telescopes, as well as listen to the sounds of summer nights at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. Attendees are encouraged to bring flashlights and comfortable walking shoes. Light refreshments will be served.

The event will take place at the Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Parking is available in the lot near the Mountain Lakes House and the lot on Mountain Lakes Road. No dogs are permitted at the event. Please pre-register via Eventbrite.com to help us plan for attendance: http://bit.ly/NightSky2019

About Friends of Princeton Open Space:

Founded in 1969, FOPOS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring open space in Princeton for preservation, protecting natural resources, maintaining accessibility to trails, and providing environmental education. As part of their mission, they work with groups in the Princeton region to support efforts to preserve and protect open space and the environment. 

About the Princeton Public Library:

The Princeton Public Library offers Princeton residents access to more than 145,000 books, 15,000 movies, CDs, and books on tape, 400 newspapers and magazines, as well as information databases in the areas of health, business, family history, law, current events and 1,000’s of full-text periodicals. Open 7 days per week, the library staff provides personalized service, innovative technologies and a wide array of public programs to meet the community's needs and interests.

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Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

B-I-N-G-O Nature Hike

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It's a nature hike with a twist! Join Friends of Princeton Open Space for a wild adventure on one of our featured trails at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. Led by Anna, our Natural Resources Manager and her summer team, nature lovers ages 9-14 (parents are welcome) will follow the leaders learning about local species while playing Nature BINGO. You'll see wine berries, jewel weed, birds, flowers, turtles and much more!

Be sure to pack plenty of hydration and a snack for our picnic on the pavilion after the hike at the Mountain Lakes House.

RSVP through our google form here:
https://forms.gle/fLJAH3G11ALaoH988

This event is FREE, however, our max capacity is 15 for children ages 9-14 (parents are welcome).

RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 4, 2019, 9-noon

Need more info? Interested in volunteering in our trails? Email info@fopos.org, we’d love to have you join us for future stewardship events. To learn more about us, please visit fopos.org.

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Jul
24
to Aug 17

Call For Stewards!

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Love the outdoors? We are looking for volunteers to help with trail building and ecological restoration. No experience necessary! Here are the upcoming dates:

  • Saturday July 27: 8:30-11:30 TRAIL CREW

  • Saturday August 10: 9-noon STEWARDSHIP SESSION/ Forest Restoration Project

  • Saturday August 17: 9-noon STEWARDSHIP SESSION/ Forest Restoration Project

Interested? Contact us at info@fopos.org with "VOLUNTEER" in the subject line. 

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Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Plant Natives With Us

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During this Stewardship Session we will be planting natives! We will continue with the Habitat Restoration project along the lake shore, filling in gaps where invasives were removed. 

Interested? Email info@fopos.org with “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line.

Saturday, June 1, 9-noon
Rain Date Sunday, June 2

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Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

TerraCycle Presentation hosted by Friends of Princeton Open Space

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Friends of Princeton Open Space, a nonprofit devoted to preservation and stewardship of land in Princeton, will host their annual meeting featuring speakers, Alicia Forero and Lexus Woznicki of TerraCycle. They will speak about the LOOP system presented at the Davos Economic Conference, which substitutes durable, reusable or completely recyclable product packaging for our current wasteful and increasingly unworkable system.

Attendance is free, however, there are a limited amount of seats available. Please help us plan for attendance by reserving your ticket via Eventbrite by April 12, 2019. 

Refreshments will be served.

For information about Friends of Princeton Open Space, please visit fopos.org. For questions, please email info@fopos.org. 

photo credit: TerraCycle

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The Great Healthy Yard Project
Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

The Great Healthy Yard Project

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Friends of Princeton of Open Space present: 
The Great Healthy Yard Project

Mountain Lakes House
57 Mountain Avenue || Princeton
Sunday, March 3 || 4-6PM


Join Friends of Princeton Open Space for an event hosting Dr. Diane Lewis, founder of The Great Healthy Yard Project. Dr. Lewis will speak about the threats posed by commercial pesticides and fertilizers to our families and our water supply, and about achieving the goal of beautiful yards without synthetic fertilizers. She will answer questions and autograph copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

$40/pp includes wine, craft beer and light hors d’oeuvres
Pre-registration via Eventbrite.com* is required to attend 

This event benefits Friends of Princeton Open Space, a nonprofit organization devoted to preservation and stewardship of land in Princeton. 

For questions about this event, please email info@fopos.org. For information about Friends of Princeton Open Space, please visit fopos.org.

We gratefully acknowledge supporter Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


*If online pre-registration is not possible, we will accept a check ($40 per person) made payable to:
Friends of Princeton Open Space
with an attached note indicating your name, address, phone number and email address.  
Mailed by February 25 to:
Friends of Princeton Open Space
PO Box 374
Princeton, NJ 08542

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Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

Holiday Open House

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As you enjoy the miles of wooded trails in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, Friends of Princeton Open Space invites you to their annual Holiday Open House at the Mountain Lakes House to warm up with cider, treats and a holiday themed art activity. Stop in anytime between 1PM and 3PM. This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone.

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Nov
23
1:00 PM13:00

#OptOutside with Friends of Princeton Open Space

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Join us for our annual #OptOutside event at the Mountain Lakes House in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton.

OptOutside is a movement to encourage people to spend time in nature rather than crowded stores Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. The community is invited to the Mountain Lakes House to enjoy nature-themed art activities, live music, cider and snacks from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Trail maps will be available for walks and hikes before or after the event. All ages are welcome to this free, rain or shine event.

While this event is free, please pre-register via Eventbrite.com to help us plan for attendance. There is no need to print your ticket. 

November 23 is also the kick-off of the Friends of Princeton Open Space annual Give Thanks for Nature Photo Contest. Professional and amateur photographers alike, are encouraged to take their best shot of all that the Mountain Lakes Preserve has to offer, and submit a photo for a chance to win nature-themed prizes.

Files must be in JPG format. Any aspect ratio is acceptable, but please size the file so that the longest dimension is 1500 pixels and set the quality to “high.” Filenames MUST include photographer's name and name of image: JoeSmith-Oak tree.jpg. In order to ensure anonymous judging, please include no signatures or watermarks that would reveal the name of the photographer on the photo itself. Entries must be submitted by midnight, December 15, 2018, via email to info@fopos.org, with “Photo Contest” in the subject line.

Winners will be contacted by January 15, 2019. The photographer retains full copyright to his or her images. However, participation in the contest requires the contestant to give Friends of Princeton Open Space permission to use the photographs without compensation on the website as well as in news releases which may appear in print or on third party websites for the purpose of publicizing the contest. Friends of Princeton Open Space will always include the photographer's name when using a photograph for any purpose.

For more information about FOPOS, please visit fopos.org. For those interested in volunteer opportunities or questions about the event or photo contest, please contact info@fopos.org.

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Nov
23
to Dec 15

Photo Contest: Give Thanks For Nature

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November 23 is also the kick-off of the Friends of Princeton Open Space annual Give Thanks for Nature Photo Contest. Professional and amateur photographers alike, are encouraged to take their best shot of all that the Mountain Lakes Preserve has to offer, and submit a photo for a chance to win nature-themed prizes.

Files must be in JPG format. Any aspect ratio is acceptable, but please size the file so that the longest dimension is 1500 pixels and set the quality to “high.” Filenames MUST include photographer's name and name of image: JoeSmith-Oak tree.jpg. In order to ensure anonymous judging, please include no signatures or watermarks that would reveal the name of the photographer on the photo itself. Entries must be submitted by midnight, December 15, 2018, via email to info@fopos.org, with “Photo Contest” in the subject line.

Winners will be contacted by January 15, 2019. The photographer retains full copyright to his or her images. However, participation in the contest requires the contestant to give Friends of Princeton Open Space permission to use the photographs without compensation on the website as well as in news releases which may appear in print or on third party websites for the purpose of publicizing the contest. Friends of Princeton Open Space will always include the photographer's name when using a photograph for any purpose. A special thanks to REI for donating the prizes for contest winners!

For questions, please contact info@fopos.org.

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A Taste of Spring: An Event to Benefit Friends of Princeton Open Space
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

A Taste of Spring: An Event to Benefit Friends of Princeton Open Space

Tour a private Princeton garden landscaped with native plants and learn about sustainable gardening from guest speaker Holly Grace Nelson, Landscape Architect, in a casual barn setting.  In addition, FOPOS Natural Resource Manager Jeff Geist will speak about the current project to restore native plants and trees at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, and lead a walk there afterward. Rain Date: Sunday, May 20. 

$25 FOPOS Members/$50 Non-Members*

Wine, craft beer and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at the barn.

Confirmed guests will receive location and parking information for the private home/garden.

*Individual membership in Friends of Princeton Open Space is available from $25.  If you would like to join in advance of the event, please visit fopos.org or send your check for membership along with the event fee.

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FOPOS Annual Meeting
Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

FOPOS Annual Meeting

The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at Mountain Lakes House in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, 57 Mountain Avenue. Trustees will be elected and FOPOS Natural Resources Manager Jeff Geist will lead a trail walk, followed by refreshments. 

At the our annual meeting on Sunday, April 15, Mark Brownlee of ArcheWild will address the topic with “Investing in our Land: Deriving Real Economic Value for Ourselves and our Community.” Brownlee, principal and head ecologist of the ecological restoration company and native plant nursery, will outline the options for maintaining the parcels that remain, while possibly realizing some financial benefit

Admission is free and all are welcome. RSVP at info@fopos.org or call (609) 921-2772.

View the original article by Anne Levin from Princeton Town Topics here.

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