The Monmouth University School of Science and the Borough of Rumson will host a Two River Seminar Series centered on the environment and wildlife of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers beginning in September.
Members of the public of all ages are invited to participate in these educational discussions led by experts from the university’s Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy Program and Urban Coast Institute.
The series kicks off on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. with a program session dubbed Our Watershed as a Living Laboratory. The session will cover historic and emerging scientific questions surrounding the rivers, current research efforts focused on the watershed’s health and steps needed to make it more resilient to climate change.
On Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., the series continues with Rivers Alive: Wildlife and Habitats of the Two River System. This seminar will explore the area’s unique plant life, wetlands, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
The events will be held at Bingham Hall, located at 40 Bingham Ave. in Rumson. There is no cost to attend.
The Two River Seminar Series is part of a broader educational collaboration between Rumson and Monmouth. Plans are underway to develop a Monmouth Marine and Environmental Field Station on municipal property located behind Borough Hall on the Navesink River.
With an array of classrooms, laboratories and meeting spaces, the field station will provide a waterfront location for educational programs and facilitate research opportunities for Monmouth University students, alongside K-12 students from the Rumson School District and surrounding communities.
— Press release from Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute