Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

Alumni Networking and Continuing Education

autumn color

Autumn Color This Time of Year in Alaska

Serpentine Hot Springs

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve





Glacier National Park

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve


All NJ Audubon Center Events for January

Jan - Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program begins



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Happy Valentine's Day!

Wisdom and Mate Meet Again

At Age 64, Wisdom Has Returned to Midway Atoll

Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Life History of Wisdom, World's Oldest Banded Layson Albatross



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MARCH, 2017

Loosestrife. beetles

Beetle Photo Credits: Left:"Galerucella calmariensis larva" by Ag and Agri-Food Canada Archive, Center: "G. calmariensis adult" by Eric Coombs, Oregon Dept of Ag, Right: "G. pusilla adult" UGA2158020

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is considered to be successfully naturalized in NJ through the use of leaf-eating bio control beetles, pictured above. The beetles were raised in the NJ Dept of Ag Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory (PABIL) in Trenton. Lab Brochure



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APRIL, 2017

Arch at night

Some photos from America’s public lands are beyond words. This photo from Arches National Park by Jacob W. Frank is one of them. April 22-28, 2017 is International Dark Sky Week and April is Global Astronomy Month.



  • April 29 - 30, 2017 (Saturday) 9am - 2pm: Musconetcong Watershed Association Native Plant Sale


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MAY, 2017

red wolf mom and cubs

Red Wolf Mom and Cubs

May 14, 2017 - Happy Mother's Day!




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JUNE, 2017

Assateague pony

June is New Jersey's Month of the Horse

Want to live on the edge? Visit a place recreated each day by ocean wind and waves. Assateague Island National Seashore has adapted to an existence on the move. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

Photo: Zach Egolf ( Source: Department of the Interior


  • May - June, 2017: Spring Native Plant Sale at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve; closed Mondays


"Fourth of July" Climbing Rose

Rose "4th of July"

  • June 10, 2017 (Saturday) 10am - 3pm: 42st ANNUAL ROSE DAY at Colonial Park, Somerset; Rose Day celebrates peak bloom in the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden in Colonial Park, Parking Lot A. This display garden features more than 3,000 roses representing over 325 different varieties. Lectures and demonstrations will be presented. Horticulture staff and members of the Jersey Shore Rose Society will be available to answer questions. It is a day to stroll through the garden and attend free lectures focusing on roses and rose care. Plants and complimentary refreshments will be available. Free (Suggested donation of $3 per adult and $1 per senior or child); 2017 Events

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JULY, 2016

Io Moth

Io Moth (Automeris io) Top: Female; Bottom: Male

July 22 - 30, 2017 - U.S. National Moth Week

Rutgers Moth-ers

Bill Introduced to Name Io as Official Moth of New Jersey, USA



  • July 22, 2017 (Saturday) Moth Night at Franklin Parker Preserve
  • July 28, 2017 (Friday) Moth Night at Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center. Far Hills NJ

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AUGUST, 2017

island beach

Island Beach State Park, Ocean County

NJDEP "Hidden Gem" ; NJ Division of Parks and Forestry website

August - National Water Quality Awareness Month



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Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park, in Middlesex County, is another Hidden Gem in New Jersey's State Park System



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OCTOBER , 2017

Fall j New England

Fall Colors in New England


  • Now - November Native Trees at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Free archived eXtension webinar - "Growing Strawberries for the Home Gardener Using IPM" (Live October 1, 2015)


Batsto Lake in Wharton State Forest

Batsto Lake

Situated on picturesque Batsto Lake, the historic village of Batsto is an idyllic portal into the history and culture of New Jersey's famed Pine Barrens, a place that brings the spirit of the region to life in the clanging of the blacksmith's hammer, a child's wooden rocking horse resting on a sunlit windowsill, the rush of wind through the crooked boughs of pitch pines. NJDEP Hidden Gems

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An eagle takes flight at sunrise in Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.

Photo: Don Holland (


  • Now - November Native Trees at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania


  • November 13, 2016 (Sunday): Max Piana – Dept. of Ecol. and Evol. -- "Forest Dynamics and Change Over Time" Sunday tour of Hutcheson Memorial Forest


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Glacier National Park’s phenomenal landscape was sculpted by glaciers. These massive ice flows carved valleys and shaped mountains. In 1850, there were 150 glaciers. Today, only 25 remain large enough (at least 25 acres in area) to be considered functional glaciers. Grinnell Glacier is a prime example of glacier recession. These images clearly show its retreat. #ActOnClimate

Our Changing Climate - Alaska

Timelapse of Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier Melting

"...Arctic Ice is Dwindling" Nat-Geo


  • Rutgers Gardens - Every Fri - Farm Market Dec 4, 11, 18


  • December 4, 2016: Hunterdon Land Trust Winter Farmers Market (Dvoor Farm); Every 3rd Sun Now - May 7, 2017


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Events for 2016 -2017


Round Valley

Round Valley Recreation Area

Round Valley Recreation Area protects New Jersey's second deepest lake, a 2,350 acre reservoir that reaches depths of 180 feet. More than 1,600 forested acres surround the pristine lake. This NJ State Park, located in Hunterdon County, offers a very diverse range of recreational activities, including true wilderness camping. NJDEP "Hidden Gem"; Locate Other NJ State Parks; Events Calendar


Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex County


Kittatinny Valley State Park Offers Gorgeous Natural Settings, a Maze of Hiking Trails, Lakes and Even Its Own Airport.

Visitors can kayak on the state's deepest natural lake, Lake Aeroflex, at 110-feet deep. A specially designed organic butterfly and hummingbird garden, bursting with the vibrant colors of native perennials growing just behind the park's visitor center, is a place for nature study, photography or quiet reflection. NJDEP "Hidden Gem" of the NJ State Park System, located in Sussex County.

Locate Other NJ State Parks; Events Calendar