Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

The Wonder of Nature

for the young and young at heart

 

family hiking

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

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

Open Outdoors for Kids; Kids.gov Calendar

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

Albert Einstein

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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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Black Footed Ferrets

ferrets

Did you know that a group of black footed ferrets is called a business? That’s just one interesting fact about these endangered animals. In 1987, only 18 were known to exist. With recovery efforts led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there could be a thousand living in the wild now. Thanks to the Black Footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado for their dedication to saving these unique and really cute animals. Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1iWSu6e Photo by Kimberly Tamkun, USFWS.

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  • 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

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“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

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Vampire Bat 

bat

Fun Facts About Bats (7:38)

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  • July 19, 2014: Teen Angler Event at Pequest Trout Hatchery, Warren County - Event Winners

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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

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musk oxen

Muskoxen at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

A visit to Bering Land Bridge can feel like traveling back in time. The Bering Land Bridge provided a pathway for plants, animals and people to cross from the old world to new. Wildlife like the muskox remind us of our ancestors and how geography has shaped humankind. These iconic herbivores sport curved horns and can weigh between 400-800 pounds. Although their populations have fluctuated over the last century, today they number around 3,800 in the state of Alaska. National Park Service Photo.

Our Changing Climate - Alaska

 

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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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