Posted by: Melissa Kvidahl | April 5, 2011

Rutgers Day for Kids: Down in the Dirt

Dare to get cozy with insects and other creepy crawlies on Rutgers Day.

If you have children who leave the house spotless and return 15 minutes later looking like they belong in a Tide commercial, then we have just the programs for you and your family on Rutgers Day.

Head over to the Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus to join the Department of Anthropology’s Big Dig, where kids can dig for fossils and learn more about them.

If you’re planning to visit the Cook/Douglass Campus, make a stop at the Lipman Hall lawn to dig into New Jersey soils, pass through the soil tunnel, and learn more about soil’s properties. Kids can also play the Plant Pest matching game, or get their hands dirty as they create their own mini soil profiles to take home.

At 1 p.m. in the Floriculture Greenhouse, you can check out plants that “eat” their prey, but if bug-hunting is a common pastime in your backyard, head over to the “Creepies, Crawlies, and Other Creatures” activities located outside Blake Hall. Get up close and personal with live insects, tarantulas, scorpions, or spiders, and even hold a spiny cockroach or giant stick insect.

Still too tame for you? Kick up the “gross” factor a little by eating an insect lollipop (or dare someone else to do it!). If watching is more your thing, you can keep your distance at the live cockroach races. No touching required.


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