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Lake Hopatcong Foundation – Announce Great New Spring Programs

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) has announced its outstanding educational programs for the Spring at the Environmental & Cultural Center.

After the very successful Fall and Winter programs, the LHF continues its quest to booster public education about all things Lake Hopatcong and our Environment. Registration is required for the courses, and fill-up fast.

All programs will be held at the LHF Environmental & Cultural Center at 125 Landing Road, Landing, NJ.

Spring 2020 Educational Programs:

The spring lineup includes gardening, safety, and even LHF’s first children’s program!

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April 30, 2020

7:00 PM

Natives – for your Garden, for the Planet

May 20, 2020

7:00 PM

Boating and Public Safety on Lake Hopatcong

June 20, 2020

10:00 AM

Release the Ladybugs!

Natives – for your Garden, for the Planet

Thursday, April 30, 2020 – 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Program: Join David Hyde, of Well-Sweep Herb Farm, to learn about the benefits of perennial natives and nativars as well as how to introduce them into the garden and help them thrive. There will be information presented on selecting, transplanting, growing, and maintaining natives and how to use them for different landscape solutions. Because native plants are adapted to the local area, they require less water, are less susceptible to pests and diseases, and do not generally need fertilizer. These important plants provide nectar, pollen and seeds that feed native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. Native plants can be particularly important at Lake Hopatcong in filtering water before it reaches the lake and making your yard much less attractive to geese.

Presenter: Avid gardener and plant enthusiast, photographer, outdoorsman and co-owner of Well-Sweep Herb Farm’s family business – David Hyde manages and assists in all areas of the farm’s large retail and mail order operation. Whether producing or growing the farm’s diverse collection of 1,898 varieties of herbs and perennials to functioning as the farm’s resident plant specialist – his interest, passion and knowledge abounds. David provides group lectures and tours at the farm’s special events as well as other venues, and has been a featured speaker at Longwood Gardens, the Mohonk Mountain House, and the Rutgers Master Gardener’s Association of New Jersey.

David and the Well-Sweep team are, once again, supplying all of the plants, organically grown, for our Native Plant Sale on May 2.

$5 donation requested, registration required



Boating and Public Safety on Lake Hopatcong

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 7 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm)

Program: Join Morris County Sherriff James Gannon, other law enforcement representatives, and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to learn about boating safety on Lake Hopatcong and how Morris County and others are involved in patrolling Lake Hopatcong and their role in public safety.  A Q&A session will follow.

Presenter: Morris County Sherriff James M. Gannon is the 77th Sheriff of Morris County and is serving his first term. Gannon earned his Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from County College of Morris, and then his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from William Paterson University.  After graduation, Gannon started out as a Patrolman in his hometown of Boonton Township, and then Boonton, followed by service as Deputy Chief of Investigations at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI’s elite Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Morris County-based Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he retired as the Global Head of Security Risk. Along the way, Gannon graduated from the FBI National Academy, earned a Certificate in Supervisory Management from Rutgers and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

FREE – registration required


Release the Ladybugs!

Children’s Program

Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 10 am

This program is recommended for ages five and up.

Program: “Release the Ladybugs!” is our first children’s program at the Lake Hopatcong Environmental & Cultural Center. This program is an opportunity for children to learn more about ladybugs and why they are good for our gardens. Each child will have the chance to gently handle the ladybugs and release them in our native plant garden as well as participate in a craft activity.



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