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PR # 251 May 20, 2008

RVCC CHILDREN?S CAMPUS PARTICIPATES IN MONARCH BUTTERFLY PROJECT

The Children?s Campus at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch has been certified as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch?s national Monarch Waystation Program.

As part of the project, the Children?s Campus?RVCC?s onsite childcare center?has created a natural habitat for monarch butterflies as they begin their annual migration from Mexico to Canada, and back again in the fall.

Last month, approximately 20 toddlers, preschoolers and older siblings and their parents planted a butterfly garden?dubbed the ?Caterpillar Caf?outside of the Children Campus. The Caterpillar Caf? contains milkweeds, butterfly bushes and other plans to help breed and sustain butterflies.

Later this summer, RVCC will host a ?Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies? workshop for teachers as part of the Monarch Teacher Network. The three-day workshop for teachers in grades Pre-K to 8 will be held August 19-21 at the College?s North Branch Campus.

For additional information about the workshop, contact Cathy Griffin, director of the Children?s Campus, 908-231-8807, or visit http://www.MonarchTeacherNetwork.org .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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