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Free events, exhibits and activities for all ages and interests on four campuses 

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers Day, Rutgers University’s annual welcome and show-and-tell for the citizens of New Jersey, will be Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Rutgers Day offers nearly 500 performances, tours, exhibits and hands-on activities on the university’s flagship campus in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Last year, 75,000 visitors of all ages attended Rutgers Day to learn firsthand about the university’s range of research and service and to enjoy perennial favorites, including Ag Field Day, the Engineering Open House, the New Jersey Folk Festival and Zimmerli Family Day. 

Each campus boasts a variety of sights and sounds.  

The College Avenue Campus will celebrate the arts and humanities with an emphasis on activities for children, including puppet shows, storytelling and crafts. Visitors may vote on their favorite decorated block R sculpture in the R Garden. Don’t miss the new Rutgers Day parade along College Avenue and through Voorhees Mall at 11 a.m. The parade will feature the Rutgers Marching Band, floats, jugglers and a Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch team. 

Busch Campus welcomes science enthusiasts with interactive demonstrations, including 3-D illusions, DNA extractions and popular children’s lectures in physics and chemistry. Check out a solar go-kart, the Rutgers Science Explorer bus and a formula racing car designed, engineered and manufactured by Rutgers students. Busch Campus visitors may also take in the Scarlet & White football game – a one-hour scrimmage that caps off the Scarlet Knights’ spring practice schedule – and other programs along Scarlet Knight Way.

Visitors to Douglass Campus will have the opportunity to search a mock archaeological dig to learn about fossils and human evolution. Student organizations and academic departments will share global cultures and languages, including Portuguese, Japanese and Korean, among others. Douglass Campus is also home of the annual New Jersey Folk Festival, which will feature the music and culture of the Garifuna people of Central America, as well as an array of folk musicians from around the world. 

The George H. Cook Campus will be a bustling center for all things agricultural, from vegetable and decorative plant sales to barn tours. Visitors may meet Seeing Eye puppies, unusual insects and baby farm animals and learn more about conservation and environmentally sustainable practices. The Cook Campus hosts Ag Field Day, which features science-based solutions to New Jersey’s environmental challenges and has been held at the same location for more than a century.

Parking is free and shuttles will be available between the College Avenue, Busch, Douglass and George H. Cook campuses.

Rutgers Day is sponsored in part by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. For more information, visit
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