Zoo Team Go South Mountain Reservation Washington Rock Lookout

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South Mountain Reservation

Bear Lane

West Orange, NJ 07052

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Join Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and the Zoological Society of New Jersey with the new conservation and sustainability team Zoo Team Go!

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On October 12 join Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, the Zoological Society of New Jersey and South Mountain Conservancy for a day of teamwork and activities as we clear an area of invasive species plants that prohibit under growth around Washington Rock Lookout with the new sustainability team, Zoo Team Go!

This team is on the front lines to protect the zoo and its surrounding habitats through further cleanups, local conservation campaigns and outreach initiatives. This hike through South Mountain Reservation to Washington Rock Lookout is majestic but will take quite a bit of physical activity to complete. Participants will receive a reusable tote bag to help reduce plastic waste.

Drinking water, [nitrile] gloves, buckets, and tools will be provided at this event-- just bring yourself and dress appropriately with clothes you don't mind getting messy, and gloves if you have favorites you would prefer to use. Please meet on Saturday, October 12 near the Dog Park on Bear Lane at the South Mountain Reservation and arrive prior to 9AM as we will begin the program promptly at 9AM. Look for the Zoo Team Go banner displayed by the entrance of the trail.

Time to Jump into Action!

Route: Follow the path near the dog park on Bear Lane and walk approximately ½ mile toward Washington Rock Lookout. Once area is cleared volunteers will walk ½ mile back to the parking lot near the dog park. Follow the “Zoo Team Go” signs along the route.

Attire: Long pants; long sleeves; long socks (be mindful of ticks) comfortable shoes prepared to hike, bug spray, a reusable water bottle, a hat and gloves – you will be in the heart of the South Mountain Reservation. This excursion is very physical and be mindful there is poison ivy along the path.

What to bring: Reusable water bottle; gardening gloves; bug spray.

Parking: Park in parking lot on Bear Lane near dog park.

Age restriction: Participants must be 6 and above. Guardians are responsible for their children.

Waiver: This Release and Waiver of Liability (the “Release”) executed on this 12 day of October, 2019, by (the “Volunteer”) releases Zoological Society of NJ and Essex County Turtle Back Zoo (the “Zoo”), each of its directors, officers, employees, agents and any partnering organizations. Volunteer understands that the scope of the Volunteer’s relationship with the Zoo is limited to a volunteer position and that no compensation is expected in return for services provided by the Volunteer, that the Zoo will not provide any benefits traditionally associated with employment, and that Volunteer is responsible for his/her own insurance coverage in the event of personal injury or illness as a result of Volunteer’s services to the Zoo.

The Volunteer hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress executes this Release under the following terms:

Release and Waiver: I, the Volunteer do hereby release and forever discharge and hold harmless the Zoo and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from the services I provide to the Zoo. I understand and acknowledge that this Release discharges the Zoo from any liability or claim that the Volunteer may have against the Zoo with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from the services I provide to the Zoo, whether causes by the negligence of the Zoo or its officers, director, employees or otherwise. Volunteer also understands that the Zoo does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, including, but not limited to medical, health, or disability insurance in the event of injury or illness.

Medical Treatment: Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge the Zoo from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first-aid, treatment, or other medical services rendered in connection with an emergency during my tenure as a volunteer with the Zoo.

Assumption of Risk: Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes the risk of injury or harm and releases the Zoo from all liability for injury, illness, death, or property damage resulting from the service I provide as a volunteer or occurring while I am providing volunteer services.

Insurance: Volunteer understands that the Zoo does not carry or maintain health, medical, or disability insurance for any volunteer.

Photographic Release: The Zoo reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at the event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The Zoo may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by The Zoo including but not limited to brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian. A person participating in Zoo Team Go who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact Zoological Society of NJ at 560 Northfield Avenue West Orange NJ 07052 or tbzooevents@gmail.com in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. The Zoo will use the photo for identification purposes and hold it in confidence. By participating in Zoo Team Go or by failing to notify Zoological Society of NJ, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by the Zoo, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify the Zoo from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.

By registering for this Zoo Team Go initiative I express my understanding and intent to enter into this Release and Waiver of Liability willingly and voluntarily.

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South Mountain Reservation

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West Orange, NJ 07052

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