Spring Block Party and Plant Sale

Greater Newark Conservancy

Save the date for the Conservancy’s Annual Spring Block Party & Plant Sale taking place on Saturday, May 6 from 10am-4pm! The event will feature lots of free activities including informative gardening and cooking demos, crafts and activities for kids, community organizations, and our Youth Farm Stand featuring fresh, locally grown produce from the Conservancy’s farms in Newark, at very reasonable and affordable prices.

Also at the Spring Block Party–the Conservancy’s largest and most popular plant sale. There will a large selection of seasonal plants and flowers in pots and for planting, and a huge variety of vegetables for sale–everything you need to get your garden started.

Jersey Cares Day 2015

201503551088e97f816Saturday, May 2nd for the 17th Annual Jersey Cares Day!

Jersey Cares Day is a day of true partnership and community building as people from all over New Jersey unite for the common goal of revitalizing local communities. Jersey Cares Day is also a fundraiser to support the important work of Jersey Cares all throughout the year. Like a walk-a-thon, Jersey Cares Day volunteers raise pledges for the time they are contributing, making the event an inspiring way to build stronger communities and help continue that work all year round!

Volunteer Projects:

  • General landscaping
  • Painting wall murals in schools ( murals sketched in advance)
  • Spending time with seniors
  • General debris clean-up

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For more information about Jersey Cares Day or to register for an available project site in Newark, please visit our website at www.jerseycares.org.

This Earth Day, Check out the Newark Conservancy!

Newark ConservancyFrom their website:

Greater Newark Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities. Founded in 1987, the Conservancy has four program areas–environmental education, community greening and gardening, job training and advocacy for environmental justice.

Greater Newark Conservancy continues to expand and enhance its Urban Environmental Center in downtown Newark, NJ. What will become the Main Building of the Center is an historic 1884 former synagogue/church on Prince Street, near Springfield Avenue. This 15,800-square-foot building will be transformed into a large lecture hall/community space, environmental classrooms, a demonstration kitchen/laboratory, environmental exhibit galleries and meeting rooms.

The three-story brick former synagogue/church is an example of Moorish Revival architecture and is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. Oheb Shalom Congregation occupied the synagogue from 1884 until 1911, at which time it was sold to Congregation Adas Israel and Mishnayes. In 1939 Metropolitan Baptist Church bought the building and occupied it until 1993. Purchased by the City of Newark, the historic synagogue narrowly escaped demolition and was bought by Greater Newark Conservancy in 1995 to serve as the indoor education programming space for the new environmental center. The Conservancy has restored the exterior of the building and plans to proceed with the interior renovation in the fall or winter of 2011.

NwarkC 2Next to the former synagogue, the Conservancy has created the Prudential Outdoor Learning Center, featuring outdoor “classroom” thematic gardens and a greenhouse for raising nursery plants and for demonstration purposes. The Center is a natural and open space where urban residents can reenergize their spirit and reduce their stress level, while at the same time inspiring young minds and educating them about the natural world. The Outdoor Learning Center is an ideal location for schoolchildren, teachers and community groups to learn firsthand about the urban environment and experience the wonders of nature and horticulture. The Prudential Outdoor Learning Center’s garden galleries opened for public field trips in the fall of 2004. Since that time 19,000 schoolchildren and adults have explored its wonders and engaged in its hands-on learning activities! The Outdoor Learning Center features ten garden galleries, pathways leading past flowering trees and shrubs, an analemmatic sundial, a pond with a cascading stream and demonstration gardens where community residents can learn how to raise vegetables and flowers in their own yards.

In July 2010, the Conservancy moved into its new offices at the Center, located in a renovated former commercial building on the Springfield Avenue perimeter of the complex. Now that the staff is on site, many more programs and community activities are being offered.

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays by appointment only
Please stop in or call our offices to recieve a tour from available staff.