Earth Month

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Mini-Grant Clean Communities Program:

The Mini Grant Clean Communities Program is developed to give local non-profits  an opportunity to clean up an area of town and raise money for their organization. Middletown Township will be able to provide a $500 grant with Clean Communities funding for the efforts of these groups. The goal of this program is to allow for greater community involvement in keeping Middletown clean and litter-free! 


Second Chance Toys Clean Up Event:

Middletown residents have the opportunity to volunteer at the Second Chance Toys Clean Up Event on Tuesday, April 27th at 10am. Volunteers will be provided gloves and cleaning supplies to clean the toys and prepare them for their second home! This event will be held outdoors, masks are required. 

Second Chance Toys is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and refurbishing plastic toys for donation to local organizations who care for in-need youth in Monmouth County, around New Jersey and across the nation. This not only helps those in need, it also keeps these non-biodegradable items out of landfills. This is part of Middletown’s effort to increase recycling awareness and provide residents with an easy way to cut down on waste.



Residents, businesses, and community groups have the opportunity to adopt a garden on Township property for an entire season. This is an opportunity for residents to help keep our town beautiful and while getting some exercise and fresh air! Volunteers adopting a section will need to commit to a one year period of time. Duties include weeding, mulching, and some pruning. 


Volunteer to Plant at the New Butterfly Garden at Poricy Park! 

Middletown Township is installing a new butterfly garden at Poricy Park Nature Center (345 Oak Hill Road) and is in need of volunteers to help plant (green thumb optional)! Once completed, this Butterfly Garden will provide a natural habitat for butterflies and other pollinators that are vital to the sustainability of the plant life in Middletown. 



Middletown Township encourages residents to get outside this April and appreciate the beauty of nature in Middletown! Share your walk, run, or hike with others by taking a picture of your favorite spot in town and hash tagging #MiddletownNJEarthMonth. 

This is a wonderful way to share your love of the planet with others and encourage them to do the same!

The Middletown Recreation Department has some amazing outdoor programming available to residents to get outside this spring season!  

Spring Observation Wonder Walks

Date: April 6, 20  (May 4, 18, June 1, & 15)  |   9:00AM - 10:00AM        Spring Walks FB (1)

Day: Tuesday

  • Age: Adults, 18+
  • Location: Meet at Poricy Park, Nature Center - Pavilion
  • Drop-in Fee: $5.00 (R)  |  $6.00 (NR) per adult
  • Pre-Registration Required

Spring is a time of change as nature reawakens from the cold dormancy of winter. Join us at Poricy Park for this program of walking, noticing, and wondering. Discover how nature journaling can improve your observational skills. Each session will include one-hour walks at an easy pace and 30 minutes of optional journaling/sharing time. Whether you are interested in wildflowers, pollinators, birding, or weather, there’s plenty to see in the spring! This program is for adults only, space is limited. 

Pond Netting

Middletown Recreation (1)Meet at Poricy Park Nature Center—Pavilion

  • $5.00 (R) | $6.00 (NR) per child
  • Space is limited. Pre-Registration Required

  • Date: April 23, 2021  |  10:00AM - 11:00AM
  • Day: Friday
  • Grade: Pre-K
  • Date: April 28, 2021  |  4:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Grade: K

Find what's at the bottom of the Murray Pond. Look for frogs, turtles, and snakes. Use our nets to catch tadpoles, fish, insect larvae, snails, and other critters. Dress to get muddy!

Pre-K morning sessions will have some critters pre-fished for exploration, an easy netting opportunity, a visit from our resident tortoise Chaser, and a story. 

Elementary afternoon sessions will include water testing, netting and identification, and a take-home craft.