Rutgers Volunteers Will Ready Newark Conservancy Urban Environmental Center, Become Herb Growers

Rutgers Volunteers Will Ready Newark Conservancy Urban Environmental Center, Become Herb Growers



For the ninth year, Earth Day will bring together
volunteers from the Rutgers community in Newark for “green” service to their
campus’s home city. First, on April 22, volunteers from
the campus community will learn to plant basil so they
can start their own home gardens, and the

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Rutgers Ecology and Evolution team
will demonstrate how past Earth Day activities have made the campus more sustainable. (Pictured: Creating a campus garden in 2012) 
The Newark Conservancy will provide them
with materials and hands-on instructions. Then on April 24 students will head
to the Newark Conservancy to help prepare the gardens and plant flowers, on
April 24.

WHAT/WHEN:


  • MONDAY, APRIL 22, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.: Members of the Rutgers
    Ecology and Evolution program will demonstrate how many years of past
    Earth Day activities has made the campus more sustainable. Be prepared to
    see things crawly, leafy and feathered!  Students and employees can learn how to grow herbs on their windowsills, with help from
    the Greater Newark Conservancy staff. 
    The Conservancy will
    provide seeds, soil, and pots, along with their know-how. This will be on
    the Norman Samuels Plaza (entrance
    from the Rutgers Arch on University Avenue between Bleeker Street and
    Warren Street.

 

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 (rain date: May 1), volunteers will pitch in to plant flowers, weed,
    rake, and prepare compost at the  gardens
    at the Greater Newark Conservancy’s Urban Environmental Center,
    Springfield Avenue and Prince Street, Newark. 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. (Shuttles available from
    the Golden Dome Athletic Center.)


WHO:  Volunteer students, faculty, and staff

 BACKGROUND:
Earth Day allows the Rutgers family to give back to the community by making Newark more “green.”  On past Earth Days Rutgers volunteers have
not only prepared the gardens at the Greater Newark Conservancy center but also
“greened” the Rutgers campus, planting sustainable gardens, a native grasses
garden and a bird pond, all to create bird- and butterfly-friendly habitats on
campus and a green oasis in Newark’s concrete canyons.  Students also learn how to become
environmental stewards.

 Information: http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/earthday/


 

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