Conservancy Programs

Education Program

The Brookdale Park Conservancy takes pride in developing educational programs with a range of topics valuable to our multi faceted park community. Our programing is designed to grow community appreciation for our park's natural resources while furthering our mission by  promoting the wise use of the park and increasing environmental awareness. Our 2016 educational programming calendar includes the following events:

  • Resident and Migratory Bird Walk with Rick Wright
  • Rose Garden Pruning Workshop with Garden Director, Susan Jankolovits
  • Volunteer Orientation and Worshop with BPC Program Director, Yuliya Bellinger
  • Walking Tour of Brookdale Park's Most Notable Trees with Arborist, Stephen Schuckman 
  • Dog Play Behavior Seminar with Trainer and Behaviorist, Fernando Camacho
  • Innovations in Dogwood Hybridization with Rutgers Researcher & Professor, Dr. Thomas Molnar
  • more events to be announced as details are finalized throughout the year...

We'd also like to thank our past presenters that generously shared their time and expertise with Conservancy supporters and the park community at large:

  • Jean Greeley for The Birds & Butterflies of Brookdale Park
  • Fernando Camacho for Kids & Dogs, Ensuring Happy Play
  • Rick Wright for Spring and Fall Migratory Bird Walks
  • Patty Aicher and Victor Perrotta for Introduction to Brookdale Park's New Outdoor Fitness Course
  • Susan Jankolovitis for A Walking Tour and History of The Essex County Rose Garden
  • Kathleen Salisbury for Bark, Buds and Blooms: The Benefits of Native Plants

Volunteer Program

Become a steward of the park by participating in a Conservancy volunteer event! Wether it is because you have a sense of duty to protect the park or just need a way to work out stress, you can help improve the park by giving a few hours of your time.

Brookdale Park Conservancy organizes two major Community Volunteer Park Clean Up events each year in the spring and fall. Affiliated and organized groups that wish to volunteer in the park should contact the Conservancy to inquire about scheduling and availability. 

Majority of our volunteer activities are maintenance based and are designed to help protect young plantings through mulching and to curb the spread of invasive plant species by cutting back and digging out noxious and harmful plants species. Visit NJ Invasive Species Strike Team's website for more info on the negative impact of invasive plants in the landscape. 

The planting of small trees and medium to small sized shrubs may be worked into volunteer activities with the goal of revitalizing Brookdale Park's landscape while also providing volunteers with practical, hands on knowledge of how to properly plant trees, shrubs, flowers and bulbs in their own landscape.