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Tue
12
Mar

Rutgers Gardens Hosts Programs for Families and Children: Growing Food, Our Natural World and Outdoor Fun

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“Planet Plant It – Exploring Flora of the World” is this year’s garden theme for Rutgers Gardens’ 2013 family and children’s programs beginning next month.

Campers, Family Garden Club members and tour groups can learn about selecting, growing and preparing fruits and vegetables from various world cultures. Explorations of the gardens will be a “world tour” of plants from all over the planet.

Located near the Cook Campus in New Brunswick, the Rutgers Gardens comprise diverse botanical environments open year-round, free to the public. The Gardens’ 180 acres of maintained and natural areas includes plants from around the world, beautiful garden settings with gazebos and water features, annual flower and vegetable gardens, 70 acres of woodlands and a unique bamboo grove.

Registration is now open for the following programs:

Tue
12
Mar

Rutgers’ Summer Scholars Program Enables High School Students to Experience College Life and Academics

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High-achieving high school students can experience university life, earn college credits, and get a head start on their post-secondary educations through Rutgers University’s Summer Scholars Program.

Summer Scholars, who must be high school juniors or younger, may take up to two Rutgers courses during Summer Session II (June 24-August 1), or Session III (July 8-August 14).

Students entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2013, who have a minimum GPA of 3.0, may apply to take introductory-level college courses. Exceptional students younger than 16 are considered on a case-by-case basis and are required to be interviewed and submit a PSAT or SAT score.

Scholarships covering 20 percent of the course tuition are available to students with a recommendation letter from their guidance counselor.

Mon
04
Mar

Zimmerli Art Museum to Celebrate Storytelling in PNC-funded Events for Children, Educators

Len Cabral acting out a story to preschoolers

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral will conduct the Zimmerli Art Museum’s seventh annual Celebration of Storytelling for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, March 19 and 21. On March 19, Cabral also will conduct a Preschool Educators Workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Space is limited at both events and registration is required by calling (848) 932-6766 or emailing education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

The Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool-age classes, as well as individuals. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

The Preschool Educators Workshop is limited to 35 educators. Each participant will receive three professional development credit hours for attending the program. Refreshments will be served.

Mon
18
Feb

Rutgers Offers Summer Arts, Academic, Sports and Nature Camp Programs for Kids

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NEW BRUNSWICK – A summer of learning and fun is in store for young people in interest areas ranging from the arts to academics, and sports to adventure camp programs. Rutgers offers a selection of summer camp programs to satisfy a wide variety of interests and abilities.

Registration is underway for many programs. Check program websites for complete information, registration dates, fees and deadlines.

Performing and Visual Arts

The Zimmerli Art Museum and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers offer programs that cater to young people’s interests and talents in art, music, dance and theater.

Zimmerli Art Museum

Wed
13
Feb

OLLI-RU’s Spring Session Enrolling Learners Over 50

Jane Austen fans, nature lovers and war history buffs can fuel their passions in several new courses offered for learners over 50 by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) during its spring session, March 4 through May 14.

Registration is underway for more than 200 courses in art, music, language and other interests for adults over 50. Classes are taught in five- and 10-week sessions at three Central New Jersey locations: The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold, and Raritan Valley Community College’s Bridgewater facility at 14 Vogt Drive. Some classes meet at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, 55 Commercial Ave., New Brunswick.

Fri
18
Jan

Rutgers’ Home Gardeners School to Help Green Thumbs Cultivate Lush Landscapes, March 23

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The 37th Annual One-Day Educational Program to be held on Douglass Campus

If you’re a gardener, it’s never too soon to think spring.

For anyone with a passion for making things grow and bloom, the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will offer its 37th Annual Home Gardeners School, Saturday, March 23, at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Coffee/tea and registration begin at 8 a.m. and workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring 35 workshops covering a variety of topics related to gardening and landscaping, the program gives both novice and experienced home gardeners  an opportunity to receive expert instruction, learn new horticulture skills, and connect with others who share their interests.

Mon
07
Jan

Registration Underway for Nondegree Study at Rutgers during Spring 2013

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Registration is underway for individuals interested in nondegree study at Rutgers during the Spring 2013 semester. Online registrations are being accepted through January 23, and in-person registration is possible through January 25. Complete details are available at http://visiting.rutgers.edu.

Working adults looking to jump-start their careers or gain new skills and knowledge, students attending other institutions, and qualified high school students can take Rutgers courses in New Brunswick on a nondegree basis during the fall and spring semesters through the Division of Continuing Studies.

The division offers the opportunity for nondegree graduate and undergraduate study during the fall and spring semesters. Students attend classes and complete coursework alongside matriculated Rutgers students. Tuition and fees are billed per credit hour.

Thu
20
Dec

Gifted Teens Invited to HEROES Conference at Rutgers, January 19-20

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Rutgers’ Division of Continuing Studies is sponsoring the Fifth Annual HEROES Conference for profoundly gifted students in grades 6 to 10, January 19 and 20, at the Engineering Resource Center on the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

The two-day event, open to qualifying students, includes labs, workshops and classes taught by more than 50 volunteer Rutgers faculty, staff, alumni and students.  Participants may select from more than 50 programs covering such diverse topics as computer programming, robotics, literature, math, logic, philosophy, leadership, genetics and more.

To qualify to attend the conference as non-members of HEROES, middle school students must submit qualifying SAT, ACT, SCAT or EXPLORE scores. Students under the age of 16, who have not yet taken any of these tests but have scored in advanced proficient on at least one section of last year's NJASK, may register for either the Academic Talent Search or Writing Talent Search in order to attend the conference as applicants.

Mon
03
Dec

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers Opens Registration for Winter 2013 Classes

OLLI-RU

New classes in acting, aromatherapy, history and film are on the schedule for the upcoming winter 2013 session of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU), offering lifelong learning opportunities for persons over 50.

Enrollment is in progress until December 21 for OLLI-RU’s winter session from January 9 through February 7. Most classes are offered at two locations: the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 23 S. Second Ave., and the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold. The facilities are handicapped accessible with free on-site parking.

OLLI-RU courses are taught by active and retired educators from high schools, colleges and universities, including Rutgers. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required for any of the noncredit courses or seminars.  Classes meet once a week for five weeks.

Fri
19
Oct

Community Dance Social Features Latin Dance Workshops, Nov. 3

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The community is invited to “Cirque du Scarlet,” an evening of social dancing and Latin dance instruction in the College Avenue Gym on the New Brunswick Campus, Saturday, November 3. Music will be provided by Brian Nash, founding coach of the Rutgers University Ballroom Dance Team, which co-sponsors the event with Rutgers Recreation.

Dancers of all ages may attend the dance social, 8:30 p.m. to midnight, with or without a partner. The dance is co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Recreation Instructional Program and the Rutgers Ballroom Dance Team.

Prior to the dance social, Nash will teach a 90-minute Salsa/Mambo and Rumba workshop for experienced dancers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the same time, Carmen Valverde, founder of the dance program at Rutgers Recreation, will teach basic steps of these dances for beginners. Prior experience is neither expected nor required for the basic workshop.

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