Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

The Wonder of Nature

for the young and young at heart


Peek-a-boo! Can you spot the deer at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico? Best known for its fantastic cave system, the park also boasts above ground wonders like rocky canyons, a cactus-covered desert and wonderful wildlife. Take your time and see it all. Photo by Charlie Reed, National Park Service.


National Park Week: April 21 - 29; National Junior Ranger Day: April 21

Just For Kids; Parks as Classrooms; WebRangers



Every Kid in a Park; Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Open Outdoors for Kids; Calendar


"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
“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”

Albert Einstein


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Highly intelligent and resourceful, raccoons are one of the most widespread mammals in North America. They have adapted to live in forests, mountain areas, coastal marshes and even urban centers. In Native American legends, they are known as tricksters and mischief-makers. Their characteristic masks and dexterous paws make them seem cute and approachable, but never forget that they are wild animals. Photo by Gary Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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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

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Otter Mom and Pup

otter mom and pup

This cute little otter pup is resting on its mother’s belly as she floats in calm waters. Sea otters breed and pup year-round, with usually one pup born every 1-2 years. Their larger size, flatter tail, and grayish head distinguish them from river otters. One of the few mammals observed to use tools, sea otters use rocks to break the shells of shellfish and mollusks. Sea otters are mostly found off the coast of Alaska, including at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Photo courtesy of Randall Davis under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit No. MA078744-4.

Twelve Pup Photos for National Puppy Day - March 23


  • Rutgers 4-H SET website (Science, Engineering, Technology)
  • Essex County Environmental Center - Programs
  • New Jersey Native Fish Art and Writing Contest for grades 4 through 7 sponsored by Trout Unlimited. As of 2014, contest has been suspended. For more information, see NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife 2013 WINNERS Here


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein


American Pika

Pika populations are disappearing in the US because of reduced habitat and warming climate. Protecting the Pint Sized Pika; The Sentinel Pika: Learn about other wildlife feeling the impacts of climate change .


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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


selfie at Zion NP

Selfie at Zion National Park

Posing for a camera seems to be universally irresistible. Zion National Park


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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pony with bird

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia is one of the most visited refuges in the United States, providing visitors with opportunities to enjoy wildlands and wildlife. The refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beaches, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Established in 1943 for migratory birds, the refuge today provides habitat for amazing plants and wildlife -- including the famous Chincoteague ponies.



A good meal then a long winter's nap...

Hungry Bears, Wildlife in Denali NP, Caribou and Brown Bear Videos,

Denali National Park


Digital Library

dune verbena

Super Bloom of Wildflowers in Southern California

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

A Baby Porcupine is called a Porcupette

Bryce Canyon National Park

Every Kid in a Park Scavenger Hunt

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail: A 4th-Grader's Story

Black Footed Ferrets

It's Bat week Video; Fun Facts About Bats Video

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska; Musk Ox Family

Our Changing Climate - Alaska

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; America's Great Outdoors

American Pika; Protecting the Pint Sized Pika; The Sentinal Pika

Nine Animals Feeling the Impacts of ClimateChange

Selfie at Zion National Park; Zion National Park


bison with calf

Say hello to our national mammal—the American Bison. Under a new law signed May 9, 2016, the National Bison Legacy Act, the animal becomes an official symbol of our country. In this picture, a bison watches over a calf at Yellowstone National Park

Fun fact: Do you know that bison calves are often referred to as "red dogs"? 

Learn more fun facts about our national mammal


The Nature Conservancy

Cool Green Science Jan 21, 2016

Cool Green Science Blog Oct 29, 2016

Cool Green Science Blog Nov 19, 2016


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