Rewilding a New Jersey college with native plants and pollinators

Gray and windy weather didn’t stop students at The College of New Jersey from showing up for planting day. They wore UGG slippers and white sneakers –not the best footwear to stomp around in the dirt, but they pressed on, clearing weeds and then planting 70 native plants. They were laughing and asking for help, many of them hadn’t gardened before.

It’s called “rewilding.” Bit by bit, manicured lawns and shrubs are making way for native plants and pollinators on some of the nation’s college campuses.

“I think this generation is very interested in climate change and solutions, right?” says Kathleen Weber, a professor of journalism and professional writing at the college.

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