Earth Day Moody Park Clean Up* (date change)

You’re invited to join the Ewing Green Team in showing Moody Park some love.

In coordination with AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program, the Ewing Green Team will be holding an Earth Day Community Park clean-up event at Moody Park on Sunday, April 24th. 

The clean-up will run from 10 am – noon and pre-registration is required.  Participants aged 15 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. The adult should complete the registration and waiver and include the name(s) of the minor(s) in the comments as well as include the total number of people who will be attending under the adult’s name. Waiver

Trash bags, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, and trash pickers will be available on site. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own supplies.

“Our Community Clean-up, slated for Earth Day+2, coincides with regional, state and county events focused on beautifying our communities,” stated Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, “including the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition’s Greening Together event, a week-long celebration of Earth Day- Arbor Day with both in-person and virtual events.”

Community members will be notified upon sign-up as to their reporting location at the park.  This is a rain or shine event. 

“We are so appreciative of residents who are willing to give up a bit of their Sunday to help beautify an important recreational space in Ewing.”  said Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann.

As a thank you for all your hard work, cleanup participants will be rewarded with a treat from Rita’s Italian Ice! Each ice flavor will be pre-packaged, and you will receive biodegradable spoon! What a sweet way to end a cleanup!

Community members unable to participate in the event at Moody Park are encouraged to consider cleaning up their portion of the community, whether that be a street corner, storm drain or common area.  We invite you to share photos of your personal cleanups.

Thank YOU for making a difference in Ewing!

Event Summary

Title: Earth Day Community Park Cleanup
Date: Sunday, April 24th
Time: 10 am – noon
Location: Moody Park (parking lot at the corner of Buttonwood and Ewingville Rd
Pre-registration is required

Gardening for Storm Water and Wildlife: How to Build a Rain Garden

Is water from your downspout creating a soggy place in your backyard? Has there been an increase in the number of flooding events in your neighborhood?  Did you know that studies specific to New Jersey show that rainfall intensity is likely to increase with climate change? Rain gardens can help us manage storm water runoff from rooftops, driveways, lawns, roads, and other hard surfaces.

Rain gardens look like regular perennial gardens, but they are much more. During a storm, they fill with water which slowly filters into the ground rather than running into storm sewers. By capturing storm water, rain gardens help to reduce the impact of human activities and pollution in the environment such as road sediment/salt, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria from pet waste, eroded soil, grass clippings, litter, etc. This helps protect the health of our waterways.  Rain gardens also add beauty to neighborhood and provide wildlife habitat. 

Ewing resident Jean Graham shared her experience: “Removing a large tree to add an addition left us with rainwater washing the topsoil to the bottom of the yard. Then after the grass grew, the rainwater collected in large pools. A modest-sized rain garden takes care of the rainwater from only one of the three backyard downspouts, but that’s enough to solve the problem and to provide lovely flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators all spring and summer. A buried pipe draws the rainwater from the downspout into the rain garden, with an outlet at the other end of the rain garden to a buried emergency overflow tank. We had the rain garden installed in October 2020.”

In this 1.5-hour evening workshop, you can learn how to plan and plant your own rain garden.  Learn about how to site it, which plants to choose and much more.  Enhance your property and your neighborhood this spring with a rain garden in your yard. 

Presenters: Kendra McKoy and Olvia Spildooren from The Watershed Institute.   Kendra is the Delaware River Advocate / Olivia is the River-Friendly Coordinator.

Date: Wednesday, April 13
Time: 7 pm
Location: Live Virtual
Cost: Free and open to the public

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DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Workshop

You are invited to a DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Workshop on Monday March 21, 11:00 at the Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Dr., Ewing.

Ewing Township and the Green Team invite you to join us as we prepare for the new plastic bag ban which goes into effect on May 4.

There is no charge for this workshop, and T-shirts will be provided; however, you may bring your own if you like. A pair of sharp scissors would also be helpful.

To register, please call the ESCC office at 609-883-1776 and ask to be transferred to the Senior Center Office.

Event Summary

Title: Bag Up, Ewing Township: DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Bag Workshop
Date: Monday, March 21st
Time: 11 am
Location: Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive
Cost: Free and open to the public


We Need You for Our Spring Stream Clean Up!

The winter has ended, and our thoughts have turned to spring, spring cleaning that is! The Ewing Green Team has once again partnered with The Watershed Institute and Mayor Bert Steinmann to host our annual spring Stream Cleanup at the Hollowbrook Community Center.

The Shabakunk Creek flows behind the Community Center, a lovely tributary of the Assunpink Creek.  From the Assunpink, the water ultimately flows to the Delaware River, the source of our drinking water. 

We invite our friends and neighbors to gather together on Saturday, April 9th to clean up our community and make our watershed a healthier and even lovelier environment.

Volunteers at these annual events sponsored by The Watershed have removed thousands of pounds of trash, helping to make our watershed healthier, protect our environment and beautify our communities! All volunteers will receive a Stream Cleanup t-shirt as a memento.

Stream Cleanup Details

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Time: 9 – 11 am

Location: Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Road

Pre-registration is required to keep everyone safe and healthy.


Our cleanup is a rain or shine event. Always wear gloves (please bring your own) when picking up litter and avoid any direct contact with trash. Trash bags will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are suggested for woodier areas. The Hollowbrook grounds are often muddy closer to the creek, participants may be most comfortable wearing rain boots or similar waterproof shoes.  Don’t forget your (reusable!) water bottle.

COVID Policies

Masks and social distancing are optional.  A parent or guardian must attend with all participating children. There must be a minimum of 1 adult per 3 participating children.  The stream cleanup policies and waiver can be read here.

We look forward to spring cleaning with all of you on April 9th!

Gardening Is for the Birds

More than just bird feeders, birds need food, shelter, nesting sites and nesting materials to survive.  The Ewing Green Team is extremely excited to invite you to an introductory program on how gardeners can create a bird-friendly backyard, attracting a far wider range of species, using native plants that provide needed food and shelter. 

Gardening is for the Birds

Join us for a 1 ½ hour workshop on Wednesday, March 30th at 7 pm at the Ewing Senior and Community Center (Zoom alternative may be substituted) and learn how to make simple changes in your garden that will transform it into a year-round haven for birds by providing the essential elements needed for their survival.  Mary Anne Borge, a local naturalist, writer, photographer, and educator, will tell you what you can you do to attract birds to your garden and which plants are best to entice bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to make their homes with you.  She will also share maintenance techniques that are the most hospitable for these garden visitors and residents.

Mary Anne Borge is the Associate Editor for Butterfly Gardener magazine, a publication of the North American Butterfly Association; an instructor and naturalist at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania; a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, and the team leader for Lambertville Goes Wild. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications. She shares her love of nature through her writing and photography at the-natural-web.org.

This presentation is a part of a series of programs sponsored by the Ewing Green Team to help gardeners live more sustainably and harmoniously with nature by gardening for wildlife.  And once you’ve created a welcoming haven for local wildlife, we encourage gardeners to certify their properties with the National Wildlife Federation.  The NWF is engaged in a nationwide movement to support local wildlife and restore and reconnect America’s natural spaces through their Garden for Wildlife program.  The Ewing Green Team believes that this is a critical effort and we have enrolled Ewing in their Community Gardening for Wildlife Program.  Every Ewing garden that certifies with the program ups our point tally in the community program and moves us closer to our goal of becoming a NWF certified community. 

We hope that this will be start of a great gardening season for wildlife this spring and for the future!

Event Summary

Date: Wednesday, March 30th
Time: 7pm
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Rd., Ewing
Cost: Free and open to the public, Masks required.
Presenter: Mary Anne Borge