The Cooperative Extension system was established by act of Congress more than 100 years ago, to help connect the public  with  useful, science-based information from leading research institutions in every state. Originally intended as an economic development assist for farmers and isolated rural communities, today the Extension system embraces urban and suburban activities, youth development, and family health.  In New Jersey, Rutgers University runs county-based Extension offices through its New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ
908-654-9854  |  Staff Directory
View the current “County Visions” newsletter for upcoming Union County events and programs.

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Master Gardeners of Union County Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. View details.



Rutgers Design It program with textHelp Give Kids A Head Start On Science…          All Fun Included!

If you are an educator or afterschool program staff working with students in grades 8-12, here’s your chance to learn fun, hands-on activities that give youngsters the insider’s scoop on engineering and scientific exploration. It’s all part of the Design It! Explore It! workshop series.

These professional development workshops include everything you need to introduce the activities to your program, along with continued support from Rutgers 4-H and its community partners.  


Registration closes on June 12 so reserve your place now by contacting visiting the Extension’s Rutgers University website, For more details email Chad Ripberger of Rutgers 4-H, at


Union County 4-H Clubs 

ThUnion County NJ archery rangee historic 4-H youth activity program is alive and living in Union County! Students in grades 1-12 can join the fun while developing their skills at public speaking, organization, leadership, and teamwork. Archery, Lego Robotics, Cooking, Engineering, and Fashion Design are just some of the topics to explore in small groups headed up by local volunteers.

Union County 4-H runs concurrently with the school year, so plan ahead now and save Friday, September 18 for the annual 4-H Open House, where you can meet the club leaders and sign up for clubs for the 2015-16 school year.

For more information or to get on the 4-H mailing list, contact Judi LaGanga at the Extension, 908-654-9854 or A tentative list of next year’s clubs is available in the Extension’s “County Visions” newsletter.


Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County

Master Gardeners of Union County, NJ

If you love getting your hands dirty, this is the volunteer program for you! No previous horticultural experience is necessary — experts from Rutgers University will train you and certify you as a Master Gardener.

The Master Gardeners are one of Union County’s most beloved volunteer organizations and their beneficial touch is felt in communities everywhere. For many more details, gardening tips, and information on joining visit or call the Extension office, 908-654-9854.


Open Call for Master Tree Stewards…
Like the Master Gardeners, the Master Tree Stewards of Union County are volunteers trained and certified by Extension experts, and their wonderful influence is felt throughout Union County. Their mission is to help us appreciate, and tend, our valuable urban and suburban treescapes.
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Union County Master Tree Stewards celebrate an environmental award with friends at the annual Wild Earth Festival in Mountainside.

The centerpiece of the Master Tree Stewards’ efforts is a countywide “tree blitz” each spring, when they fan out to provide hundreds of 4th-grade students with a classroom lesson on the importance of trees in our environment. No previous experience with trees — or with children — is necessary. Extension staff will provide you with a lesson kit and other support.

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If you missed this year’s conference for aspiring school and community gardeners, no worries. We’ve assembled a set of handy guidelines developed by Extension experts at Rutgers University, and of course you are welcome to call the Extension’s Union County office in Westfield with your questions, at 908-654-9854.


Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Union County NJ small steps to health and wealthSmall Steps to Health and Wealth is a nationally recognized program developed by Extension experts at Rutgers University. The aim is to help you identify — and act on — modest behavior changes that lead to better health and financial stability.

Let the experts show you how small steps can add up to big improvements. You can read the Small Steps to Health and Wealth book for free on line at Rutgers University’s SSHW website

If you don’t have time for a whole book you can check out the site’s monthly health and finance messages, take a quick personal assessment quiz, or pick from a list of 25 behavior strategies (we recommend starting with #1, Track Your Current Behavior). 


Are you looking for more programs?

Links to all Union County Extension programs are at the top of the left column on this page including:

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      Household Budgeting
      Healthy Living
      Community Gardening
      Stormwater Management
      Rain Gardens 
      Master Gardeners
      Master Tree Stewards
      4-H Club Leader
      Community Nutrition
      Rain Barrel Instructors





The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County belongs to a national network of more than 3,100 county offices and research institutions, including Rutgers University, organized under the US Department of Agriculture to foster youth development and community health.