2022 HEP Annual Conference

This year’s HEP conference is focused on the habitat restoration of our vulnerable urban shorelines, highlighting the efforts of community leaders and restoration practitioners that are striving for effective and inclusive habitat enhancement. The conference will include sessions on centering the community in our work and the long-term lessons of past restoration projects in our region; examples of inspirational projects from other regions, and technical workshops and guidance for practitioners. The conference is hybrid this year and we’re excited to make space for people to create connections online and in person at Liberty Science Center.

The conference begins with two days of virtual programming, followed by one in-person day featuring keynote speakers, small group workshopping, restoration progress results, and networking.

See below for the agenda (check back in for updates), in-person logistics, and more important information!


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Venue Directions

Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

PATH & Light Rail directions

PATH Trains: Take the PATH to Pavonia/Newport or Exchange Place station and transfer to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR). LSC is just five rail stops from the World Trade Center.

HBLR: Take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Liberty State Park station. Follow signs to the sidewalk directly under the NJ Turnpike overpass. We’re just on the other side. Be sure to validate your ticket before entering the train.

Ferry directions

Liberty Landing Ferry: Ferries depart every 30 minutes from the World Financial Center to Liberty State Park. From the landing, it is a roughly 20-minute walk to Liberty Science Center. Note: Please check all ferry routes and schedules in advance as they often change.

‘American River’ advanced screening!

As part of this conference, HEP will be offering an advanced screening of American River, a documentary film about the Passaic River directed by seasoned filmmaker Scott Morris and based on Mary Bruno’s 2012 book, An American River: From Paradise to Superfund.


Liberty Science Center: After Dark!

Interested in continuing the fun with HEP staff? From 6-10pm Liberty Science Center hosts After Dark, an evening to explore the center with games, bars, and food.

Click here to purchase a ticket from Liberty Science Center for access.


CERP Credits

This conference can provide up to six continuing education credits under the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.

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