THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
In 1780, during the Revolutionary war, General George Washington directed that the regiments of the New Jersey Continental Line have a flag of dark blue and buff. He presumably selected these colors for historic reasons - New York and New Jersey were both originally settled by the Dutch - dark blue (Jersey blue) and buff were Holland's (the Netherlands) insignia. The center of the flag features the great seal of New Jersey.
Prompted by garden clubs across the state, the New Jersey State Legislature in 1971 voted to name the common meadow violet as the New Jersey state flower. The common meadow violet is deemed the most common species of more than 400 species of violets. The perennial is commonly found growing in damp woods, roadsides and preserves.
New Jersey designated the eastern goldfinch as the official state bird in 1935. Also called a wild canary or American goldfinch, the goldfinch eats primarily seeds from dandelions, sunflowers, ragweed, and evening primrose.
The red oak is one of the largest and most important timber trees. One of the fastest growing of the oaks, it attains a to 80 feet and a diameter of two to three feet. It has a wide, spreading head with few far reaching branches. The tree has a single, lobed leaf with seven to eleven pointed or bristly-tipped lobes. The lobe sinuses reach one-half way to mid-vein. The leaves are thin, firm, dull green above, yellow-green below, varying considerably. The fruit is a large, broad, rounded acorn.
THINGS TO DO
Fantasy Island Amusement Park, in Beach Haven, NJ, has been created with a Victorian air that is timeless in its appeal. Z-Brick walkways, oak benches, ornate lamp posts, and Tiffany glass chandeliers and panels all come together in a clean, safe family facility that will delight young and old!
Insectropolis, in Toms River, NJ is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Set within the architecture of a bug-themed city, our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures. View thousands of beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world. Play bug games on our touch-screen computers. Pretend you are a termite as you crawl through our mudtube. Watch ants forage for food and build tunnels in our live ant nest. Safely get up close to our observation hive and see our busy bees. Or spy on our many other live insects. Of course, your visit is not complete unless you touch a bug! Touch a live tarantula, scorpion, millipede, and a hissing cockroach before you leave. Whether you are a bug enthusiast or just a curious visitor, Insectropolis has over a dozen exhibit areas that are sure to educate and entertain.
As a center of cultural, educational, and scientific engagement, the New Jersey State Museum, in Trento, NJ, inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, research, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art. NJSM engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history.