The magnificent George H. Cook campus, with its green spaces, a pond (known fondly as "Passion Puddle"), and outstanding specimens of trees and plants, brings the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences' educational philosophy to life. Helyar Woods, the Rutgers Gardens, and research farm are set amid highly urbanized and industrialized central New Jersey. The area surrounding the campus mirrors the contrasts of the state: the most urban in the nation, yet 60 percent of its land is farm and forest.
Lipman, Bartlett, Martin, Thompson, Waller and Blake are buildings that preserve the memory of the famous scientists and scholars of Rutgers' past. The Student Organic Farm, founded in 1993, provides hands-on instruction in sustainable gardening and practical experience in the operation of a community-supported agricultural enterprise, in addition to providing wholesome produce for the student-farmers, the shareholders, and local food banks and soup kitchens.
Newer facilities include Walter E. Foran Hall, a 154,000-square-foot complex housing the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and a state-of-the-art science library; the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences; the Food Science Building; the Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Building; the Cook Campus Center; and the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center.
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