Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

Read the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and NJ Agriculture Experiment Station statement on Racial and Social Justice.

Keep an eye out for the invasive spotted lanternfly and its egg sacs! If you spot one, kill it and report the sighting by email (with photo, if possible) to Rutgers NJAES at
Sightings should also be reported to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture by using the online reporting tool.  For other questions about the spotted lanternfly, contact the Department of Agriculture at 1-866-BAD-BUGZ or email

For more information, including photos of the lanternfly and its eggs at various stages, visit


For quick links to all environmental programs and activities in Union County supported by the Commissioner Board, visit The Green Connection at
Online activities for all ages:
4-H from Home offers youth activities with STEAM learning and community service.
Receive gentle wellness messages every Wednesday and Saturday from the Rutgers Live Well-Stay Healthy program (sign up with the Remind App or, code @f3ccc46).  
Get expert self care guidance by email (to sign up for the following two programs, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension Union County educator Dr. Karen Ensle at
Healthy on the Job Self-Care is a weekly series focused on essential workers.
Get Moving, Get Healthy at Home is a weekly series geared toward those who are at home.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is part of a statewide program run by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension of Rutgers University, connecting citizens with science-based educational opportunities.
The Union County Extension is supported in part by the Freeholder Board, with offices located at the Colleen Fraser Building in the Union County Complex, 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.
The Union County Extension offers the following educational programs to Union County residents:
4-H Clubs:  This program is for students in grades 1-12 and beyond. The 4-H program encourages students to explore a topic of their own choosing, and share their knowledge while practicing teamwork, public speaking and other life skills. Club sign-ups take place in September.
Master Gardeners: No horticultural experience is needed to participate. Master Gardeners receive training in best practices for pest management and many other aspects of gardening. They share their knowledge throughout Union County. They also run the Demonstration Garden, located in Union County’s Watchung Reservation in Mountainside. Training takes place each spring.
Master Tree Stewards: Master Tree Stewards are trained in tree conservation, and they learn how to teach students about the importance of trees. In addition to projects related to tree conservation in Union County parks, each spring the Master Tree Stewards provide 4th grade classrooms with interactive lessons on trees and the environment. Training takes place each fall.
Rutgers Environmental Stewards: This program is designed to help non-scientists learn about the science behind environmental issues impacting their communities. Training begins in January and includes classes on habitat conservation, climate change, recycling, and more. 
For more information call the Extension offices in Westfield at 908-654-9854 or use the Staff Directory.
Photo 1 Rutgers250Contact the free Master Gardeners Helpline for expert guidance on plants, insects and other garden topics:
908-654-9852 or

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:

     Rain barrels Union County NJUnion County NJ 4-H Dog Lovers Club

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


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 U.S. Department of Agriculture to foster youth development and community health.