Come check out our newest collection of young dogwood trees and shrubs at the center of the park near the Overlook. Recently, some of our volunteers were lucky enough to be able to teach and work along side an amazing group of NJ veterans that made this park improvement a reality for all of us to enjoy year round. Many of the dogwoods have multi-season interest with beautiful spring/summer flowers, summer/fall fruit for birds, brilliant fall leaf color and brightly colored branches in the winter.
The project was organized and funded through the Sustainable Landscape and Stormwater Management green job skills training program led by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex County at the East Orange Veterans Affairs Hospital. The program trains unemployed veterans to re-enter the workforce with “green job” skills gotten through in-class lectures and hands-on training in the field.
Thanks goes out to the veterans, of course, and also the program's coordinators, Jan Zientek and Amy Rowe. It was a fun filled day of work and education and we can't wait to work with all of them on the next project!