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Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series

A rain garden.
A person showing off a rain gauge.
ReClam the Bay volunteers putting in shell bags for a living shoreline.

Spring, 2023

All The small Things with BIG Environmental Impacts

Join us this spring for our continuing webinar series. This time we will look at those little changes to the environment that can result in large effects and what you can do to help from microplastics to bacteria monitoring at beaches. These live, 1 hour sessions are on Mondays at 6:30pm. To join you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Sessions are provided via Zoom.

Register to participate. This webinar series is a collaboration between two Extension programs: Earth Day, Every Day (E2D2) and the Marine Extension Program Seminar Series (MEPSS).

Spring 2023 sessions

Recording available. April 17:Beech Leaf Disease and the Teeny Tiny Pest With BIG Impacts. Join Jean Epiphan, Rutgers Cooperative Extension​, to learn about a new invasive pest that has hit NJ Forests.  It is only a tiny nematode, but the damage to our forests are potentially HUGE. Learn about some critical roles beech trees serve in forests, how to identify beech leaf disease, how forests will be impacted, and some stewardship strategies towards mitigation.   

Recording available. April 24:Microplastics: Tiny Particles with Major Impacts. Dr. Judith Weis with Rutgers University will discuss all aspects of microplastics - how diverse they are, where they come from, how they are distributed in the environment, what effects they have, and what can be done about them - including what you can do.

Recording available. May 15:Bioremediation With Bacteria.​ Dr.​ Donna Fennell of Rutgers University, Department of Environmental Sciences will talk about the basics of bioremediation -- how living microorganisms are used to remove or detoxify environmental contaminants. Dr. Fennell will talk about how microbes do their work and give New Jersey examples she has investigated in her research.

Recording available. May 22: How Your Dog Could Close Your Favorite Beach and The NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. Marina Jackson with NJ Department of Environmental Protection​ provides an overview of New Jersey’s beach monitoring program including how the NJDEP protects and restores New Jersey’s beaches and coastal waterways. In addition, Samantha Pfeffer covers the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program and how the public can partner with their local Ambassador Program in environmental stewardship, green infrastructure, and citizen science.

June 19- ​Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): What They Are And What To Do About Them. Heather Nix with Clemson Cooperative Extension will cover the basics of HABs, with a main focus on cyanobacteria including identification, contributing factors, prevention, and treatment options.

June 26-What's Impacting the Ecological and Public Health of New Jersey's Coastal Waters? Bob Schuster with NJ Department of Environmental Protection will cover how the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring tracks water quality in New Jersey's coastal waters. Monitoring programs focus on both ecological health (e.g., nutrient monitoring) and public health issues (e.g., algal bloom monitoring, pollution source tracking) related to coastal waterways. 

Our Earth Day, Every Day webinar series focuses on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from environmentally-friendly lawn care, to recycling, to conducting a home energy audit. These actions, more than ever, start at home.

Webinar Archive

Some of the recorded webinars are provided via Playposit and will pause during play for a question to pop up. Click on the title to sign up and access the video.

Climate Change Energy Food Insects & Pest Management Native Plants Nature Therapy Plastics Soil Volunteering Water Wildlife Yard Care

Satellite photo of SuperStorm Sandy hitting New Jersey.

Climate Change

The fall 2022 webinars were conducted as part of a special session titled "Weathering The Storm: Increased Resiliency After Superstorm Sandy". In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we paused to reflect and evaluate on how our state has become more resilient to environmental impacts, with an emphasis on storms and extreme weather. This program was a collaboration between our the Earth Day, Every Day program and the Marine Extension Program Seminar Series (MEPSS).

Solar panels.


Recently harvested leafy greens.


A spotted lanternfly on a tree.

Insects & Pest Management

A flowering plant.

Native Plants

Trees in a forest.

Nature Therapy

A bench made from recycled milk jugs.


Sandy soil sample and sampling equipment.


Three adult volunteers collecting water quality data.


A painted rain barrel attached to a house.


A bird's nest with eggs in a bush.


A lawn and a flowering garden.

Yard Care