Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

The Wonder of Nature

for the young and young at heart

Jump for Joy in a National Park

Bryce/ Kids

Bryce Canyon has the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. Hoodoos are odd-shaped pillars of rock which were formed by erosion.

Bryce Canyon National Park


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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baby porcupine

Did you know a baby porcupine is called a porcupette? These cute critters have soft hair mixed with barbed quills that stick up when they feel threatened to deter predators. Porcupines sleep in trees and feed on the inner bark, twigs and leaves. They live to be 5-6 years old and have one or two young, which are born with soft quills that harden within an hour. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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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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Baby Fox in New Jersey 

baby foz

A baby fox, also called a kit, at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Located just 26 miles from New York City’s Times Square, the refuge consists of more than 7,700 acres of habitat for birds, deer, turtles and foxes, like this adorable kit.

Photo by Ashleigh Scully via @usfws.


  • 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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Digital Library

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 calves are often referred to as "red dogs"? 

Learn more fun facts about our national mammal


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