4-H Public Presentation Night is Full of Surprises

The annual 4-H Public Presentation Night is always full of surprises, and this year the rich imagination of Union County youth was on full display. The topics, all hand-picked by 4-H members in first-grade through high school, ran the gamut from fish tanks and manga to optical illusions, dog rescue, penguins, and the Founding Fathers… In its present form, 4-H covers a range of contemporary topics while helping students develop important community and life skills represented by the four H’s- Head, Heart, Hands and Health… Union County 4-H is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, supported in part by the Freeholder Board. Union County 4-H clubs are open to students in grades 1-12 and cover many popular subjects including archery, Lego robotics, pet care and more.

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From Fish to Founding Fathers, Union County 4-Her’s Speak Their Mind

The annual 4-H Public Presentation Night is always full of surprises, and this year the rich imagination of Union County youth was on full display. The topics, all hand-picked by 4-H members in first grade through high school, ran the gamut from fish tanks and manga to optical illusions, dog rescue, penguins, and the Founding Fathers… Presentation Night is the culmination of an intensive project for the 4-H club members. They each pick a topic of their choice, research it, create a public speech, and rehearse it for their families and 4-H clubs before taking the stage and presenting to a live audience… Union County 4-H is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, supported in part by the Freeholder Board. Union County 4-H clubs are open to students in grades one-12 and cover many popular subjects including archery, Lego robotics, pet care, and more.

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Getting a Jump Start on Spring Gardening at Trailside Center in Mountainside

A group of 54 teachers and community volunteers braved the icy grip of winter to get a running start on the spring planting season, at last month’s "Get Your Youth and Community Garden Growing" conference. The event was conducted by experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County at the County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside… The free Gardening Helpline is a project of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County, an all-volunteer group run by the Extension with the support of the Freeholder Board. The group is based at the Extension offices in the County’s Colleen Fraser Building in Westfield. Among their many civic projects, Master Gardeners cultivate the elaborate grounds of the Demonstration Garden and host the Spring Garden Fair.

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Volunteers needed for Master Tree Steward program in Union County

One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Trees also trap dust particles and other pollutants, and they help keep neighborhoods cool in the summer. These are just some of the many environmental benefits of planting and caring for trees in our community. For those interested in learning more about trees and teaching children, the Union County Master Tree Stewards program is seeking volunteers now…This program is one of the many adult volunteer opportunities offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. Volunteers are essential to the successful implementation of the Master Tree Steward program.

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National Moth Week Celebrated in New Jersey

PrintSixteen public events scheduled across the state; hundreds more worldwide

The third annual National Moth Week, a worldwide citizen science project started in New Jersey in 2012, will be celebrated across the state, beginning with an early kickoff “Moth Ball” slated for Friday, July 11, in Bergen County.

Started by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the creators of National Moth Week are connected to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology. National Moth Week officially takes place the last full week and two weekends of July. This year’s dates are July 19-27. After its launch in 2012, National Moth Week quickly went global. As of July 2, hundreds of public and private events are registered on the National Moth Week site in all 50 states and 41 countries. [Read more…]