The Rumson Environmental Commission consists of five volunteer members appointed by the Mayor of Rumson.
Stephen Barrett - Chair
Kristen Rolfes Hall
Fred Andre: Secretary
Thomas Clark: Planning Board
Mark Wellner: DPW Liaison
(standing): Wayne Greenleaf, Stephen Barrett;
(seated): Kristen Rolfes Hall, Jennifer Crow
Our mission is to work with the community to protect our unique natural resources. We educate our residents on what we can do to maintain and protect our land, water and air, facilitate the adoption of behaviors that will meet those ends, and motivate residents and local businesses to join in the effort. We host a number of activities and events throughout the year in the community to raise awareness for the environmental issues we face. Join us for cozy winter movie nights tailored to both children and adults, active outdoor family events such as "Clean Up Your Parks Day" each spring or "Rally for the River Eco-Fest" each summer. Check our website for information on recycling in our town or sign your children up for the newly formed middle school environmental club. Each year, we add more fun and educational activities for our community to enjoy.
The Rumson Environmental Commission and
The Rumson Rec Commission
ANNUAL CLEAN UP OUR PARKS DAY
On May 4, 2019, town residents came out to help clean up five of Rumson’s parks used for spring sports: Meadowridge Park, Victory Park, Rogers Park, & Riverside Park. The Rumson Department of Public Works provides bags and gloves and the Rumson Environmental Commission provides prizes for the most unique garbage finds.
Kids and families took the opportunity to learn more about proper recycling in Rumson Borough and community service hours were provided. Thank you for joining our community to help start the season off right helping to keep our parks clean!
SAVE THE DATE
Rally for the River Eco-Fest: 9:30am -12:30pm Saturday, June 8th, 2019
Rain date: Saturday, June 15th.
Come out to Victory Park to join in this family event that engages minds young and old alike with fun and educational activities that teach us about our unique natural resources and how we can protect and enjoy them for generations to come.
Last year, with the support of the Marta Heflin Foundation and in collaboration with Clean Ocean Action, the Rumson Environmental Commission held the first ever Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest in Victory Park on Saturday, June 2nd. Over 300 people came out to learn about our most unique natural resource, the two rivers, and how we can help protect them for generations to come. Groups from local organizations, schools and clubs hosted over 20 tables with educational and fun activities for children and adults alike. Local groups such as the Forrestdale Middle School Environmental Club, the Rumson Department of Public Works, the Rumson Fair Haven High School Crew Club and RFH Project Terrapin were joined by the groups from the greater Two Rivers area to make the day a wonderful success.
MOVIES FOR THE WATERWAYS
“Movies for the Waterways” is a collaborative project that aims to foster a better understanding of how our actions impact our delicate ecosystem. The Rumson Environmental Commission, together with stakeholders that share the Navesink River watershed, will screen films with an environmental message with the hope of raising awareness about protecting our natural resources. This year, the Rumson Environmental Commission hosted two separate movie nights:
Community “DINNER & A MOVIE” Night: Tuesday February 26, 2019Together with the American Littoral Society, The Rumson Environmental Commission screened the award-winning documentary film The Oyster Farmers, which beautifully illustrates life on the Barnegat Bay for oyster farmers who are trying to bring these delicious and environmentally beneficial bivalves back to New Jersey waters. (See the movie trailer here.)
Forty North Oyster Farms, featured in the film, brought in a raw bar, rolled up their sleeves and shucked fresh oysters for the guests during the cocktail hour. As the film played on multiple screens throughout room, attendees enjoyed a casual and delicious prefix dinner. Afterward American Littoral Society and Forty North Oysters hosted a Q&A filled with lively and thoughtful questions.
Second Annual Movie Night for the WaterwaysMore than 50 children attended the second annual Movies for the Waterways event at Surf on Tuesday January 29, 2019. The Forrestdale Middle School Environmental Club kicked off the event with a presentation to help the kids understand what Environmental themes to look for in the film. Cindy Zipf from Clean Ocean Action played a fun and informative guessing game before the movie and Forrestdale science teacher Jen Crow played an educational game of Kahoot after the film.
Environmental Theme: All drains lead to the ocean (and rivers).
If you would like more information or if you would like to host a film at your local place of business, please contact Kristen Hall at 917.733.8235 or email@example.com.
“WHERE DOES IT GO?” RECYCLING MATCHING GAME
Have you ever wondered what happens to the things you recycle? Test your knowledge by guessing what happens to everyday items if you recycle them instead of throwing them in the trash.
Draw a line from each group in the BEFORE column to the AFTER column. How many things that you use every day are made from recycled products?