Lord Stirling Park Environmental Center 190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ Google Map
Join us for our Fall Member Meeting in NJ. WE ARE the PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) with about a 10th of our members from New Jersey. We’ve been wanting to plan a meeting in NJ for several years but the pandemic got in our way. Now we are excited to share that our 2022 Fall Member Meeting will be held at Lord Stirling Park Environmental Center. in Basking Ridge, NJ. We are planning a full day of socializing and presentations and we hope that you will attend. NJ Shade Tree Federation credits (3 CEUs) for attendees. There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting.
In order to help achieve our wild American conservation objectives, Chapter Board Member, Lake Graboski is setting up targeted “American Chestnut Conservation Missions”. Each mission will identify areas of special interest to our breeding program. We encourage individual hikers and local conservation groups to join these missions to help search for American chestnuts.
Seeking Volunteer as Chapter Historian | Work from Home
We are seeking one or more individuals to play the role of Chapter historian. If you are passionate about history and the American chestnut this could be the perfect way for you to get involved.
Digging into the Records
Back in 2014, Sara oversaw the first transfer of records from TACF (our national organization) and the PA Chapter into the Special Collections library at Penn State. We are preparing to add to this collection once again, with documents and slides given to us from founding members. One task we could use help with is in reviewing and categorizing these records.
More broadly we are seeking someone to become familiar with this collection, so they can help guide our searches for information. Or maybe even call out significant items like anniversary events or milestones.
Updating the Timeline
There is a timeline that needs to be updated and maintained. Currently, this is a simple list but perhaps there is technology to allow this to become a more interactive tool for reviewing historical records. It would be great if we could add photos and links to supporting documents.
As we continue to transition into the digital age, we need to think about which digital records to preserve and how to preserve them. It would be great to have someone to help us think through this transition.
This work can be done remotely. If you are interested, please contact Jean: firstname.lastname@example.org | 814-863-7192
American Chestnut Activity Sheet | Work from Home
Forest restoration is a multigenerational mission. It is critical that we educate the public about the history of this native tree, its significant role in our forest ecosystem, and our progress to restore it. We have some decent materials for adults but we want to do more to connect with children if we want to ensure three is the next generation to take up the work. We are seeking guidance from professional educators to develop targeted activities for a children’s activity sheet. We want to start with a 2-sided 8 by14 sheet with activities for a variety of ages. Once we have content we will seek assistance from graphic artists to create an attractive layout.
We can work on this remotely over email and zoom as needed.
If you are interested please contact Jean: email@example.com | 814-863-7192