Colorful Changes at the Environmental Education Center

Sustainable Highland Park meets at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center on River Road as does the Environmental Commission, Shade Tree Advisory Committee and the Native Plant Society. You may have noticed some colorful changes.

Environmental Education Center Mural with Blue Jay and Cardinal
Environmental Education Center Mural with Blue Jay and Cardinal









Great Blue Heron Mural
Great Blue Heron Mural
Fish in the Raritan River
Fish in the Raritan River








The Mayor and Borough Council have authorized the painting of some murals on the retaining walls and walls of the Environmental Education Center. Local artist Jonathan Horowitz is painting the murals. There will be two types of mural – the natural world of Highland Park including the Raritan River and a historic mural depicting historic event that occurred in Highland Park on or along the the Raritan River.

Sustainable Highland Park became involved to help with some of the logistics and outreach of the projects.

The actual beginning of the actual work began in late August when the walls and retaining walls were powered washed, prime, and then a base coat of paint. The actual painting of the murals began in mid-September. A dedication of the initial work of the murals occurred on October 26, 2014. The natural murals are about 35% complete. The historic mural is still in the design phase.

Work will begin again on the murals when the temperature warms up in the Spring. Completion is expected before Earth Day.

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