2019 deer management program begins this month in reservations

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has released the plans for the 2019 Essex County Deer Management Program in South Mountain and Hilltop reservations. This is the 12th year of the program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer. “Controlling the population by removing deer from South Mountain […]

Camp New Day holds holiday event at TBZ

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Camp New Day, a dedicated group of volunteers who support a close-knit group of approximately 50 adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in northern New Jersey, held a special winter event at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange on Dec. 9. High school volunteers included students from Seton Hall Prep, […]

Become a docent at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Zoo is recruiting volunteers for the 2019 docent class. Docents are volunteer educators who give educational talks, act as tour guides, and are stationed throughout the zoo to provide information to visitors about the zoo and its animal collection. This is a highly selective volunteer position and training is […]

Area shutterbugs take home awards for photographing county parks

ROSELAND, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented awards to the nine winners in the Anual Essex County Parks Photography Contest. Winners were awarded in Adult and Youth categories and were recognized on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. “We congratulate the winners of the Essex County Parks […]

‘BARKtoberfest’ pet adoption event returning to TBZ

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Meet adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens while supporting local animal shelters and rescue groups during the third annual “BARKtoberfest” on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Turtle Back Zoo’s Berson Education Center, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. Attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs in […]

County unveils artist’s rendering of new TBZ entranceway

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., center, holds an artist’s rendering of the new entranceway to Turtle Back Zoo that was announced Friday, Sept. 14. The $5.3 million project will reconfigure and modernize the entrance and create additional entrance points so larger crowds can be accommodated and long lines of visitors […]

County to hold 13th annual Senior Wellness Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The13th annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day, a free event for all county senior citizens, will be Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. The Essex County Senior Wellness Day is free and open to all seniors residing in Essex […]

‘Drill Family Flamingo Exhibit’ opens at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Turtle Back Zoo unveiled its new flamingo exhibit, dedicated as the “Drill Family Flamingo Exhibit” in honor of the West Orange family’s long-time relationship with the zoo, which dates back to the zoo’s original opening in 1963. “The flamingo exhibit is a dynamic attraction that will captivate […]