The Huber Woods Environmental Center on Brown's Dock Road celebrated Earth Day early and eagerly on Sunday, April 17 with games from recycled items, make and take crafts and animal shows.
The event also illustrated how old can be new and fun. Volleyball was played over a recycled net made from 6-pack plastic rings. A mini-gold course was created out of recessed plastic cups for holes and cardboard tubes with old cast-away boots attached to create clubs.
Demonstration stations were set up through out the grounds, enlightening guests, mostly families, about pond life, animal tracks and identification of sea-life through the shells we all troll for on local beaches. Hands-on (literally) displays of live animals and insects were also part of event.
The backdrop of the day's events was the beautiful and sprawling Huber Woods Environmental Center, which, in itself, was a celebration of Earth Day. At Huber there is nowhere to look that isn't naturally exquisite. Some visitors simply enjoyed walking the grounds, the trails, down to the red barn or sitting on a bench in the abundant sunshine.
Nestled on a hill overlooking the Navesink River, this park was established in 1974 with a 118-acre gift of land from the Huber Family and the J.M. Huber Corporation. With continued acquisitions, additional land donations and the help of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Huber Woods has grown to 376 permanently preserved acres of open space.