New Jersey 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Conference

4-H Logo.

4-H Logo.

Six 4-H members from New Jersey have been selected to represent the state at the 86th National 4-H Conference to be held April 9-14 in Washington, D.C.  The New Jersey delegates are Teresa Coppola, Hunterdon County; Kacey England, Ocean County; Nikayla Hetzell, Cumberland County; Abigail Sharp, Salem County; Madeline Teitsma, Sussex County and David Wolverton, Middlesex County.

Headquartered at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this conference provides a forum for nearly 400 4-H members, leaders and staff from 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, District of Columbia and Canada. These teens offer an import voice in the development of programs and the future of 4-H. The theme of the conference is “Locally Grown, Global Leaders.” [Read more…]

Rutgers Ecological Preserve: A Living Outdoor Classroom

Kontos Memorial Kiosk at the Rutgers EcoPreserve was designed and constructed by Brian Curry (SEBS‘12).

The Kontos Memorial Kiosk at the Rutgers EcoPreserve was designed and constructed by Brian Curry (SEBS ’12).

Charlie Kontos, Jr. loved wild places and all forms of wildlife. In fact, he was the first person to document and verify the return of the fisher (Martes pennant), part of the weasel family, to the woods of New Jersey after its extirpation in the 1900s.

Kontos passed away in 2010 while in the process of completing the doctoral program in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources (EENR). In his memory, his family dedicated a gateway kiosk on the 400-acre Rutgers Ecological Preserve. The kiosk leads to a new set of trails that students and others can access conveniently from the Livingston Campus. The Kontos Memorial Kiosk was designed and constructed by Brian Curry (SEBS‘12), with help from EcoPreserve Faculty Director Rick Lathrop, professor of environmental monitoring in EENR and director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) on the G. H. Cook Campus. Lathrop was named the inaugural holder of the new Johnson Family Chair in Water Resources and Watershed Ecology in December 2015.

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Union County Extension honored with community health awards

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County has a mission of fostering community health and nutrition by sharing science-based information with the public, and its efforts have been recognized with two recent awards. The Union County Extension is headed by Karen M. Ensle, EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS, a nutrition expert and member of the Family and Community Health Sciences faculty at Rutgers University.

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4-H youth from 13 N.J. counties learn about leadership

A group of 41 4-H members from 13 counties will be participating in the Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference being held Saturday on the George H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in Middlesex County. The conference provides an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops and hands-on activities, according to Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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Cape May County Native Receives Rutgers University Faculty Award

West Cape May resident Jeannette Rea Keywood was recently awarded the 2015 Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Award for Excellence — Extension Faculty by Dr. Larry Katz, Director of RCE and Senior Associate Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Jeannette Rea Keywood is a State 4-H Agent in the Department of 4-H Youth Development and an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.

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