The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Mendham Township, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Mendham Township, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Mendham Township, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.Technology Lab at Mendham Twp. Middle School engages students' curiosity and facilitates hands-on experience Mendham Township, NEW JERSEY (November 7, 2022) – Imagine an assignment where more than one answer may be correct. Where the limitations on what you create is your own imagination. Where you may be growing your knowledge base and not even be aware you are learning. This is the academic environment for students completin...
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Mendham Township, NEW JERSEY (November 7, 2022) – Imagine an assignment where more than one answer may be correct. Where the limitations on what you create is your own imagination. Where you may be growing your knowledge base and not even be aware you are learning. This is the academic environment for students completing their Technology & Computers Curriculum in Mendham Township Middle School’s (MTMS) Technology Lab. Students may be enhancing their coding skills and even building a portfolio of completed coding projects, but many are not focused on the technical aspects. For them, they are creating something - a story, a game, a challenge.
Mrs. Donna CasaGrande, MTMS Technology Teacher/Technology Integration Specialist, explained that she likes to structure her lessons so that the students are engaged early in the project. For example, at the beginning of an assignment, the direction may be that each student will have to create their own video game and be required to complete the coding to operationalize the game. Each student is told to start thinking about designing a game, populating it with an animated character that interfaces with a background, and choosing one or two objects to find in their game.
To facilitate “producing” their game, Mrs. CasaGrande provides the students with some basic instructions of how to use the Bloxels application, which is a hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. With a little practice of understanding some of the capabilities of the application, the students must then think through the objective of their individual game, design the environment, and create rules.
Using the Bloxels game board and blocks, students create their own characters, layouts, and art for their games. The students use three story builder cards to help structure their project, one each for character, environment, and collectibles. Imagination and creativity are highly encouraged. Students are responsible for creating their own story plot, main characters/enemies, action, etc. The application uses color-coded behaviors to help step students through the coding process when they are designing their game. These supporting structures help students “organize” their approach to programming the game. Given that a common application is used in class, students are able to share and collaborate with each other on their work in a classroom setting. Mrs. CasaGrande provided the additional perceptive insight that, “Coding isn't just for ‘techies.’ It teaches students to become digital creators – to create their own websites, apps and programs. It allows students to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.”
Time flies in Mrs. CasaGrande’s class and the energy level is extremely high as students complete their assignments. However, there are also other elements included in their computer technology education. As students build their computer programming skills, it is important to balance that growth with an awareness and appreciation of being a responsible digital citizen. Throughout their time at MTMS they will also be engaged in assignments that address cyber ethics and identifying potential biases, as well as understanding safety/security issues associated with social networking. Indeed, digital citizenship featured strongly in the School’s Week of Respect which took place recently. The school is also incorporating SEL lessons (Social Emotional Learning) into their Google Suite Mastery lessons. Students learn how to use Google apps while engaging in group activities and projects that focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills.
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It’s now mid-October, which means the Observer-Tribune now begins our season of editorial endorsements for who we see as the best candidates seeking election to myriad offices in myriad elections happening in our readership area.Among other things, we have been keeping an eye on the local board of education races. It has not been an easy time for boards, for a host of reasons, from the pandemic to parents demanding more transparency and input on curriculum.Some school districts are also facing the need to...
It’s now mid-October, which means the Observer-Tribune now begins our season of editorial endorsements for who we see as the best candidates seeking election to myriad offices in myriad elections happening in our readership area.
Among other things, we have been keeping an eye on the local board of education races. It has not been an easy time for boards, for a host of reasons, from the pandemic to parents demanding more transparency and input on curriculum.
Some school districts are also facing the need to upgrade, like the grades K-8 Mendham Township School District, which this year earned voter approval for a $20 million bond referendum for district-wide building upgrades. It passed – we endorsed it.
Yes, there is always a “but.” Like school boards throughout the readership area, it is a good board, comprised of well-qualified volunteer-public servants whose interests include providing the best possible education for township children. It is also a board whose members are committed to ensuring all children are protected and welcomed. We like that.
No board is a perfect one, and there is room for improvement, especially in the area of transparency. It is often better to err on the side of providing too much information when it comes to policies, student interests, fiscal decisions and events, and we have noticed, of late, there is less, not more information being shared with the public, aside from closeted social media pages where residents share interests and, in some cases, the same opinion.
All we’re suggesting is the boards – districts – resume sharing district news about school happenings, kid kudos, awards, honor rolls (hint-hint), and the like.
That said, our endorsements have been a tough call, as incumbents Rochelle Abraham, Joan Moday and Andrew Christmann – all seeking fresh, three-year terms on the seven-member dais – are very likeable, empathetic and competent board members.
But we agree with challenger, former Mendham Township Mayor and Township Committeewoman Diana Orban Brown, who says more transparency is better than less, especially when it comes to taxes, the bulk of which comprise a resident’s property tax bill. Yes, there will be naysayers about this, but that’s what governance is all about. No one gets everything they want in a democracy. That’s the beauty and its messiness.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, vote Andrew Christmann, Joan Mody and Diana Orban Brown for Mendham Township Board of Education.
The candidates discussed taxes, curriculum, policy-making and more at the forum last week.MENDHAM, NJ — Candidates for Mendham Township Board of Education seats face off in a debate hosted by The League of Women Voters last week in the media center of the township's Elementary School.At the end of this year, three three-year terms on the seven-member board will be available. Incumbents Rochelle Abraham, Andrew Christmann and Joan Mody are among the candidates, as is former township Mayor and Committeewoman Diana Orban B...
MENDHAM, NJ — Candidates for Mendham Township Board of Education seats face off in a debate hosted by The League of Women Voters last week in the media center of the township's Elementary School.
At the end of this year, three three-year terms on the seven-member board will be available. Incumbents Rochelle Abraham, Andrew Christmann and Joan Mody are among the candidates, as is former township Mayor and Committeewoman Diana Orban Brown.
Abraham, Mody and Christmann are running as a group, with Brown challenging them and running under the slogan "Transparency for Taxpayers."
The hour-long debate drew all four candidates, who answered questions submitted both in advance and on index cards written by members of the public.
During the forum, there was no audience participation allowed, but all questions posed to the candidates were generated by members of the public and screened by the League to eliminate duplicates and personal attacks.
Each candidate had 90 seconds for opening statements, 60 seconds for answering questions, 30 seconds for rebuttals and 90 seconds for closing statements.
When asked about the highly debated state's sex education curriculum, all candidates agreed that parents were still able to maintain control and have the right to opt their children out of classes. Mody stated she thought that the lessons were age-appropriate and chosen by professionals.
Christmann agreed and highlighted that the curriculum has gone through a "rigorous process" to be approved before being presented to the public.
Brown agreed, noting that the current curriculum was similar to one from 2014, which was still available on the district's website. Brown also stated that, regardless of their stance, it is critical to hear and consider the concerns of parents, which was a sentiment agreed upon by all candidates.
Abraham praised the curriculum for emphasizing social and emotional learning standards, which she believes are intended to ensure student safety, such as how to identify bullying and how to care for oneself.
When asked if there was a possibility of a K-12 merger with the Chesters, Christmann said it was discussed a few years ago, but that while there could be significant benefits from being a larger district, there were concerns about the value of educational costs.
Abraham said the idea of a merger could be something worth exploring but they would need to consider how it would benefit the students.
Mody also agreed that it is something to consider and the board has considered a merger in the past, but that they would need to see what sort of benefits a merger would bring to the community.
Brown stated that she is in full support of a merger and believes that it would provide many benefits to the community.
Candidates were asked to consider ways to make school taxes more efficient, as they account for roughly 66 percent of the total property tax bill.
Mody defended the board, highlighting the district's various shared services which bring in revenue, particularly the district's busing contracts with other districts.
Brown agreed, calling school taxes "an investment," since the bulk of it goes toward tuition. Brown also claimed that while the busing was good, residents needed to see the profits, not just the revenues. "We have never seen an analysis of how much actually goes toward profits," Brown said.
Christmann stated that the board spends a significant amount of time attempting to reduce costs and reduce the burden on the taxpayer. According to Christmann, the best way to achieve that is through shared services.
Abraham agreed, saying that fiscal responsibility is crucial to the board. "Managing a budget to balance the needs of the students while being considerate of the taxpayer is essential," Abraham said.
When asked about taxpayers who do not have children in the K-8 district, all candidates agreed that, while a sizable proportion of township households do not have children in the district and are seniors living in town, the majority of those households approve of how the district is run.
The debate was live-streamed on YouTube and has been posted to the Morristown Area League of Women Voters YouTube page. To view the entire debate, click here.
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This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.Michal Ferenc shares some insights on education and offers some practical suggestions for connecting with students.Mendham Township, NEW JERSEY (October 6, 2022) – With the 2022-2023 school year well underway, we had an opportunity to speak with the newly appointed Assistant Principal of Mendham Township Elementary School (MTES), Mr. Michal Ferenc, and gather his insights on education and connecting with elementary-aged studen...
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Mendham Township, NEW JERSEY (October 6, 2022) – With the 2022-2023 school year well underway, we had an opportunity to speak with the newly appointed Assistant Principal of Mendham Township Elementary School (MTES), Mr. Michal Ferenc, and gather his insights on education and connecting with elementary-aged students.
Members of the community may already know Mr. Ferenc, as he had previously served as Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist at the Middle School in Mendham Township. In both roles, he had the opportunity to work with teachers at all grade levels and subjects at the middle school. Mr. Ferenc was born in Poland and came with his family to the United States when he was five years old. He completed his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Montclair State University and acquired his Principal and Supervisor certification in 2017.
Q. Can you provide a brief overview of your philosophy on education and managing student behavior? I believe that every child can learn and that we, as educators, are responsible for providing a well-rounded education with the necessary foundational academic and social/emotional skills to realize their full potential. These skills include the ability to be able to read and process information, explain thoughts and ideas through written and expressive language, and understand mathematical concepts. All of these skills, by being built upon incrementally from early childhood, provide learners with the foundations to pursue any dreams they will have in the future. In addition to these foundational academic skills, schools also have a responsibility to ensure that students have a strong social and emotional foundation to persevere and overcome the obstacles of life.Sometimes certain obstacles may impede a student’s ability to learn, and it is the duty of the school, in partnership with the parents/guardians, to identify the root-cause of the issue and develop an action plan to help the student find success. Which leads to my belief that early intervention is key to helping students make up any skill deficits impeding their development and putting them back on track with peers. Without interventions, students who struggle as readers in first grade will probably continue to struggle in fourth grade and the gap between these learners and their peers continues to widen. These learners are also perceptive of their struggles which in turn may manifest as issues with motivation, behavior, and/or confidence. Which is why it is so important to take into account the whole story of the child when attempting to help a struggling student get back on track and to remember that what we see on the surface are symptoms of an underlying issue that we need to discover and address.
Q. Can you share a childhood experience/memory that influenced and perhaps shaped your philosophy on education?This leads on from my previous answer that every child deserves to learn to read and write, and a child is not responsible for their circumstances. In my own personal experience as a five-year old coming from a non-English speaking country, this belief resonates strongly with me. My educators were pivotal and essential in providing me with a great education and inspiring my academic career. I moved from Poland at the age of five and was fortunate to have great teachers that were willing to put in extra time and effort to help myself and other children acquire the language and assimilate to the culture. They helped me to succeed academically and to excel as a member of my new community. It is because of their commitment to teaching that I knew and felt that I belonged and had opportunities to succeed! I often think about how different my life would have been had I not had those same teachers. I see that same care and commitment with the teaching force at Mendham Township School District and look forward to continuing to support it. As I said, regardless of any student’s circumstances, everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and to be able to participate successfully as a member of their community.
Q. We live in a fast-evolving environment (pandemic, technology advancements, media communications), can you suggest one or two questions that parents should be asking their children on a regular basis?A great dialogue to have with your children on a regular basis is to discuss what may be the peaks and valleys of their day, and to be ready to also share what may have happened during your own day. Children need to understand that you are also human and not every day may go exactly as you want. Even as an adult, you have your own obstacles. It is a great opportunity to model resilience and grit.Another gentle opener with younger children is to ask them what they think the future will look like. Ask them if there is anything happening in the world that they have heard about that does not make sense to them. As much as we would like to protect our children from some of the events of the world, we cannot always control what they hear from peers. This way they can have a platform to share what they are hearing and provide you with an opportunity to discuss events at an age-appropriate level.
Q. On a lighter note, if you were talking to a student, how would you finish this sentence: "Growing up, I ..."Growing up, I loved to get mail addressed to me. It was great to see something in the mailbox addressed to me. I felt like a grown-up. Now, when I get mail it’s only bills and advertisements! So students, enjoy this time. At school you may use your writing skills to prepare cards and thank you notes for parents, teachers, members of the services, and other community members. Remember your notes are probably their favorite mail that they will receive that day!
Thank you, Mr. Ferenc, for taking the time to share your insights with us. We look forward to catching up with Mr. Nicolas Angrisani, Assistant Principal of Mendham Township Middle School, for an upcoming news article.
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MENDHAM TWP. – Schiff Nature Preserve, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham Township, offers the following programs throughout the month. For more information or to register for a program, visit www.SchiffNaturePreserve.org or call (973) 543-6004.Thanksgiving Celebration, 4 – 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. This is a drop-off program for children ages 6 – 9. Come join us for an afternoon filled with fun, friend...
MENDHAM TWP. – Schiff Nature Preserve, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham Township, offers the following programs throughout the month. For more information or to register for a program, visit www.SchiffNaturePreserve.org or call (973) 543-6004.
Thanksgiving Celebration, 4 – 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. This is a drop-off program for children ages 6 – 9. Come join us for an afternoon filled with fun, friendships and adventure as we walk the steps of the Lenape, the indigenous people who lived here long ago. Shelter building, animal tracking, making coil clay pots and playing games Lenape children played are just a few of the many things children will enjoy. Parents must provide health and emergency contact information. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is an all-weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of a severe storm or extreme heat/cold/wind warnings the program will be cancelled. A minimum of four participants are required to run this program. The cost is $12 per child members, $15 per child non-members.
”How to Bring More Joy & Birds into Your Backyard,” 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. Join Jim Walker from Wild Bird Unlimited for a presentation on the various ways to increase your birding population in your yard. The mission of Wild Birds Unlimited is to “connect people with nature and we do it with excellence.” Catering to the backyard bird feeding hobby, Jim will share a Powerpoint presentation that covers how to make the hobby of backyard bird feeding and sighting more productive. Examples of bird feeders, houses, and foods will be discussed while also allowing time for questions. This program is intended for adults only and will be held indoors in the Nature Center. Guests are asked to register and pay in advance and plan for mask use and socially distanced seating while indoors. The cost is $8 members and $12 non-members.
Singing Bowl Meditation, 7 – 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 B.C. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. The cost is $30 members and $35 non-members. All guests are asked to have masks on hand when indoors.
Volunteer Day, 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, conducting building repairs, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toe shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a beverage and snack in a backpack for hands free walking. Walk-ins welcome. Fully vaccinated volunteers are asked to have a mask on hand for when social distancing is not possible. Unvaccinated volunteers are to wear masks. Please bring their own gloves. Tools owned and provided by Schiff will be cleaned before and after use and should not be shared that day between volunteers. Volunteers may bring and use their own tools if they prefer.
Full Moon Hike, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Discover the magic of hiking at night while the moon is at its fullest, when even the most familiar trails reveal sights and sounds, they only share with the cool, quiet night. This two-mile, 90-minute hike is suitable for all experience levels, but guests should feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Guests are advised to wear hiking boots, weather appropriate attire, and bring headlamps to have on hand. Cost is $10 members and $15 non-members. Guests are asked to have masks on hand.
Forest Bathing Walk, 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Forest Bathing is a well-being practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku. Slowing down in nature is combined with prompts, called invitations, to help participants use their senses to connect with the natural world. Research has shown that forest bathing can have numerous health benefits, lowering stress and improving cardiovascular and immune function. The walk will last two hours at a leisurely pace over varied terrain. This program is ideal for adults and teens able to remain quiet and still for extended time. This is an all-weather event with the exception of thunderstorm, extreme wind, ice or wind chill temperature warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Cost is $20 members and $25 non-members. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. No dogs. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike, 8 – 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Take a brisk, five-mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at McVickers Brook parking lot at 239 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Vaccinated dogs on leash are welcome. The walk is free to members and $10 for non-members. This program is an all-weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Santa’s Wild Home, 4 – 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. This is a drop-off program for children ages 6 – 9. Come celebrate the magic and wonder of the holiday season as we explore what life is like for our wild neighbors in the North Pole. Children will discover the differences between reindeer and the local white-tailed deer, in addition to learning about other animals who call the North Pole home. Creating edible ornaments for wildlife, playing games and making “reindeer food” to sprinkle on the lawn Christmas Eve are just a few of the fun and festive activities we have in store. Parents must provide health and emergency contact information. This program is an all-weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of a severe storm or extreme cold/wind warnings the program will be cancelled. The cost is $12 per child members and $15 per child non-members.
Singing Bowl Meditation, 7 – 8-15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 B.C. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. The cost is $30 members and $35 non-members. All guests are asked to have masks on hand when indoors.
Volunteer Work Session, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 18.
Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, conducting building repairs, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toe shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a beverage and snack in a backpack for hands free walking. Walk-ins welcome.
Fully vaccinated volunteers are asked to have a mask on hand for when social distancing is not possible. Unvaccinated volunteers are to wear masks. Please bring their own gloves. Tools owned and provided by Schiff will be cleaned before and after use and should not be shared that day between volunteers. Volunteers may bring and use their own tools if they prefer.
Winter Solstice Celebration, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. For ages 6 and up. We will take an easy walk to the highest point at Schiff where you will hear tales of Winter Solstice traditions from around the world. The walk will be followed by a solstice fire, bringing light into the darkest of days. This is an all- weather event, so dress accordingly. In the event of a thunderstorm or extreme wind warning program will be cancelled. Advance registration required. S’mores packets will be provided, please advise us of any allergies upon registration. Flashlights recommended. All ages. Cost is $10 per person members and $15 per person non-members.