Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

The Wonder of Nature

for the young and young at heart

 

wetland planting

Children planting a pond in a wetlands workshop

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"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."  e.e. cummings

  • Equine Science 4 kidsEquine Science - Lord Nelson Blog redesigned, interactive youth component now available on the Rutgers Equine Science Center's website. Lord Nelson, a 37-year old American Quarter horse, is featured as the figurehead guiding youth through the revamped educational component. New Game

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"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."  Kahlil Gibran

junior rangers

Junior Rangers often earn badges and patches but not usually this many! Ranger Patrick Myers swears in Maria, Gina, and Lisa at Great Sand Dunes National Park. These girls have each earned over 200 badges in 346 national park units; Maria has 270 badges. Their vests display only some of their badges. To learn more about the Junior Ranger program, click here. You can also be a WebRanger

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  • Essex County Environmental Center - Programs
  • Now - March 1, 2013 (Friday) Deadline - New Jersey Native Fish Art and Writing Contest for grades 4 through 7 sponsored by Trout Unlimited. For more information, see NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife 2013 WINNERS Here
  • Project PORTS (Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools) Call for Volunteers.
  • July 11 - 13, 2013: Annual National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium at Denver Botanic Garden in Colorado; submit session proposals
  • (2013 TBA) October 13, 2012 (Saturday) 9am - noon (arr.9 - 10am) National Wildlife Federation and NJ Audubon Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary "Hike and Seek" fundraising event in Bernardsville, NJ

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GC in snow

The Grand Canyon in the snow. It almost looks as if someone has dusted the canyon with powdered sugar. Photo: M. Quinn, National Park Service

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"Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child." Edna Jaques

Green Projects

  • Green Faith Heroes About 110 youth from the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia’s Youth Program became Green Faith Heroes by cleaning up Cobbs Creek Community Education Environmental Center in Philadelphia. Youth attended from 30 congregations and schools.
  • 4-H Million Trees Project - More than 50 4-H Club members from the Somerset County, New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program, their families, friends and adult volunteers, participated in the international 4-H Million Trees project to combat climate change by planting 350 trees at Duke Farms on May 6.

"Only as a child's awareness and reverence for the wholeness of life are developed can his humanity to his own kind reach its full development."  Rachel Carson

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