Event Set for Waterloo Village on March 19

STANHOPE, NJ – Students throughout the state will be attending the seventh-annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange on Thursday, March 19 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope.

The seventh-annual event will include cleanups along the Musconetcong River and Morris Canal Greenway Trail. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Waterloo Village and enjoy interpretive tours, interactive activities, and historical games. Students will learn how the Lenape Indians provided for their own clean communities. 

As is tradition, a separate group of pre-selected students who have been heavily involved in Clean Communities programs in their towns will participate in roundtable discussions at Waterloo Village and then remain overnight at a hotel in Budd Lake. To participate, teachers must agree to prepare students for the roundtable discussions in advance of the event.

All participants will gain a comprehensive view of the history and evolution of environmental issues in New Jersey, while sharing in discussions to address environmental problems.  The focus will be land use, transportation, and community development, as participants create new and more innovative solutions to environmental problems.

An estimated 500 students and teachers, and an additional 200 volunteers from local environmental organizations, are expected to participate.

“This event is for students to come together and share ideas on environmental issues related to litter and the proper handling of waste,” explained Sandy Huber, executive director of NJ Clean Communities. “It is a great program for students from all points all New Jersey to learn about issues affecting our rivers and other waterways, and work together on solutions.”

The event is hosted by the NJ Clean Communities Council, the County of Sussex, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey State Park Service and Waterloo Village. Visit njclean.org to register.