Rutgers Day, Seed Libraries and More

Rutgers Day, Rutgers University’s annual open house welcome and show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages, is this Saturday (April 25) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m… This year’s highlights include the Tent of Bog Ideas, an Athletics Mini Combine, Alumni Weekend, and "Where Science Happens"… Where Science Happens- Visit the Engineering science fair on the Busch Campus to experience the Faraday lecture and witness how ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen. Stuffed animals will receive checkups in the Life Sciences area while sea creatures will be at arm’s length at the Marine Sciences Building. Guests may also excavate in an archaeological dig and handle 1.5 million-years-old artifacts on the Cook/Douglass Campus.

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National Park Celebrates Earth Day with Children’s Garden Opening

The scissors were barely through the ribbon at the borough’s newly opened children’s garden, when Mother Nature unleashed a brief Earth Day deluge on the soon-to-be growing crops. It was pretty good timing all around, said National Park School Principal Carla Bittner… "Today for Earth Day, in addition to opening the garden, we had health and wellness activities for the students, with different stations around the school," said Bittner following the ceremony, which at the end saw about 275 students fleeing from the rain. "Rutgers Cooperative Extension had a station where the students made veggie egg rolls, with food provided by Food Corps."… In addition, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension is expected to supplement some of the food supplies for some of the garden-related educational events at the school next year.

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Dias Receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Madara Dias of Bridgewater, an 11th grade member of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award… The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Somerset County 4-H Youth Development, part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, nominated Dias for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, an off-campus division of Rutgers University. The 4-H Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to become competent, caring and contributing citizens of the world. This is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of caring adults. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to: provide informal, educational programs for youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school);eEncourage responsibility, community awareness and character development in youth; strengthen skills for adults working with youth through publications and training; and improve community partnerships and collaborations.

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Co-author of Design It! and Explore It! Afterschool Curricula Receives 4-H Educator of the Year Award

Chad Ripberger (left), Mercer County 4-H Agent and member of the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents, is seen presenting the 4-H Educator of the Year Award to Charlie Hutchison.

Chad Ripberger (left), Mercer County 4-H Agent and member of the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents, is seen presenting the 4-H Educator of the Year Award to Charlie Hutchison.

Charlie Hutchison of Lexington, Massachusetts, Director of Active Science Learning, Inc. and Principal Investigator for the National Partnership for After-School Science project funded by the National Science Foundation’s Informal Science Education Program, was recently recognized by the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents with the 4-H Educator of the Year Award for his significant contributions to the 4-H program.

This award, which is presented annually, recognizes an individual or a group for outstanding professional educational support of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. [Read more…]

Rutgers 4-H Salutes NJ Volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 12-18

4-H logo.

4-H logo.

Each year, thousands of volunteers in New Jersey donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18.

One group that relies heavily on volunteers is the New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program, which is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. New Jersey 4-H has nearly 3,748 adult volunteers who serve as club leaders, project leaders, resource leaders and judges across the state over the past year.

“Volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H program. They provide the guidance and support that helps 4-H boys and girls in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) develop confidence and valuable life skills,” says Jeannette Rea Keywood, state 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers. [Read more…]