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Avalon Wins Award For 2 Environmental Series

Posted November 15th 2021

The Borough of Avalon was recognized by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions with the 2021 ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award for the two multi-lecture series it hosted this summer, “Pollinator Garden” and “Beachside Science at Surfside Park.” The award was presented virtually on Oct. 22 during the 48th annual ANJEC Congress.

Both series were created by the Avalon Environmental Commission. “Beachside Science at Surfside Park” was also sponsored by The Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor. The five-lecture series covered a variety of topics such as diamondback terrapins, shorebirds, and migration.

The “Pollinator Garden” series was led by pollinator expert Pat Sutton. It included discussions about the pollinator habitat in Avalon as well as how to include pollinator gardens in local landscaping. The pollinator habitat near Armacost Park on Ocean Drive was the meeting place for this series. The habitat was launched in 2016.

“I’m thrilled to receive the recognition award from ANJEC,” said Donna Rothman, chair of the Avalon Environmental Commission. “Beside advising the Borough of Avalon on environmental issues, another role of the Avalon Environmental Commission is to educate residents about Avalon’s unique and rich ecology. ‘Beachside Science at Surfside Park’ and the ‘Pollinator Garden’ lecture series addressed this need by highlighting creatures and native plants that share our barrier island. We hope the attendees are more ecologically sensitive to these creatures and plants. Additionally, I’m hoping that our programs will stimulate our residents to volunteer for future environmental initiatives.”

ANJEC is a nonprofit organization that helps New Jersey environmental commissions, individuals, local and state agencies preserve natural resources and promote sustainable communities.

Both the “Beachside Science at Surfside Park” and the “Pollinator Garden” series will be returning in 2022. More information about next year’s programs will be posted on

Photo caption: Pat Sutton led the “Pollinator Garden”series this past summer.

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