Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County holds award lunch

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County held its eighth Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 27, at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Center in Millville. Tammy Commander and Pam Burton arranged the event. Eighteen area residents successfully completed the 20-week Master Gardener’s curriculum coursework and have become Master Gardener Interns.

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Rutgers Haskin Lab Helps Celebrate Annual Bay Day in New Jersey

HSRL director Dave Bushek shares information at the lab’s exhibit booth with festival participant.

HSRL Director Dave Bushek shares information at the lab’s exhibit booth with a festival participant.

Delaware Bay Day, the free folklife festival celebrating the Bay and the Bayshore region, was held on June 7 in Bivalve, Port Norris and East Point, NJ. Hosted by the Bayshore Center, the festival which is dubbed “Food, Fun & Fireworks in Bivalve, NJ,” offered a number of fun activities and historical displays, including educational exhibits like the Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Laboratory. [Read more...]

Cumberland County 4-H Offers Summer Enrichment Program for Middle Schoolers

Beaver Dam Boat Rentals in Newport, NJ will be the location for the SEA-SI summer enrichment program.

Beaver Dam Boat Rentals in Newport, NJ, is the location for the 4-H summer enrichment program in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County 4-H will offer a marine science summer enrichment program called SEA-SI: Sea Science Investigations that will enable participants to become active stewards of the Oranokin Creek through exploration of water quality, marine life, boating and crabbing.

The enrichment program will be held August 25 to 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at Beaver Dam Boat Rentals in Newport, NJ. It will offer hands-on science activities, specimen collection and identification, and explore topics such as aquaculture, marine robotics and environmental stewardship practices of local businesses. [Read more...]

Maria Mattera completes Master Gardener program

Maria Mattera, of the Township Public Works Department, was recognized at the committee meeting on Monday, June 2, for completing the Rutgers Master Gardener’s program at the Cumberland County Cooperative Building, a township official said recently. "Maria had demonstrated an interest in horticulture and was part of our grounds crew, who are responsible for maintaining the various township owned facilities," said Kimberly Krauss, township clerk.

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World Water Monitoring Challenge Field Trip Engages Students in Cumberland County

4-H Youth Development logoCumberland County 4-H and Belleplain State Forest presented a World Water Monitoring Challenge field trip for middle school students from the Landis Intermediate School in Vineland on May 15. Cumberland County 4-H Agent Julie Karavan and Forest Director Lorraine McKay joined forces to immerse students in a natural environment to enjoy the beauty of Belleplain and engage in some hands-on environmental science. Students learned about aquifers, pinelands creatures and ecology, watersheds and macro-invertebrates as indicators of water quality and engaged in dip netting on Lake Nummy. [Read more...]