LINCROFT, NJ - Three Monmouth environmentalists will explain how individual citizens can improve the quality of life in their communities at 6 pm, March 23 at Brookdale Community College (BCC), Lincroft. The meeting, open to the public, includes members of the BCC Environmental Club, other students, and members of the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group.

The speakers, part of the (Monmouth) Sierra Group’s “Yes, You Can” program that highlights individuals’ contributions to improve local environments, will explain how they are working on three separate but important local projects: developing nature trails, encouraging community vegetable gardens, and enhancing the habitat of Monarch butterflies.

Faith Teitelbaum, co-founder of the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association, will explain how her group plans to create a nature trail along the brook from Long Branch to Eatontown as part of the group’s efforts to clean up that waterway. Lisa Bagwell, a long-time Sierra member, will discuss the growth of community gardens in both urban and suburban areas, including her work in supporting gardens in Long Branch. Then Susan Harasty, a Monmouth County Parks naturalist, will explain how homeowners can plant flowers and shrubs to attract and preserve the dwindling population of Monarch butterflies.

Their presentations, part of BCC’s “Science Monday” lecture series, is hosted by Brookdale’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental protections.  At the Lincroft meeting, a pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus from the Parkway, take Exit 109 to Route 520 west (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). From Route 9 or Route 18, take Route 520 east (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). At the BCC traffic circle, turn south into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is here .