Earth Day 2016

Earth Day activities, 2016 
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Friday, April 22nd - Greater Newark Conservancy 

Volunteers will work the Greater Newark Conservancy to help seed, plant, weed and mulch in their Outdoor Learning Center. Sign up

Wednesday, April 27th - Norman Samuels Plaza

We will be planting border bushes around the bird-friendly gardens on the Norman Samuels Plaza.  Sign up

The first 50 people to sign up and volunteer will receive a free organic cotton "Earth Day Every Day" t-shirt


Want to know more about what Earth Day is like at R U-N?  Check out this video:

Research with an Environmental Impact

For many faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, Earth Day truly is every day.  The scope of their teaching and research demonstrates the many facets of environmental stewardship. Learn more

Our Gardens in the News

  • Urban Wilderness at Rutgers: a hotspot for biodiversity  Described as a “bio-diversity haven,” the two large planters on the Norman Samuels Plaza at Rutgers University-Newark have been created by hundreds of Earth Day student volunteers, working with staff members, faculty from the Dept. of Biological Sciences, and horticulture professionals from the nearby Greater Newark Conservancy.  Consecutive years of Earth Day activities have resulted in a huge increase in the number of native plant species growing in the planters, providing a wildlife habitat that is largely self-sustainable, as well as notable media coverage.
  • Star-Ledger: An ecological urban wild land sprouts in Newark


History of Earth Day Activities at RU-Newark

In April 2013, 2014, and 2015 we worked on the sustainable gardens on campus, learned about biodiversity, and volunteered at the Greater Newark Conservancy.

n September 2012, we added a border of bushes and sustainable flowering plants around the edge of one planter. Thanks to all the volunteers that rolled up their sleeves and helped!

In April 2012 we planted a sustainable garden in front of the entrance to University Square, and volunteered at Newark Conservancy's Urban Garden.

  • Proud volunteers pose front of the holly tree they plantedApril 2012 At University Square.
    Photo gallery (including the dramatic before + after).
  • April 2012 At the Newark Conservancy's Urban Environmental & Ecological Center.
    Photo gallery

Thank you volunteers!