The Rutgers Collaborative for Raritan Education and Observation (RCREO) is a recent program of Chancellor Richard Edward’s Strategic Plan Initiative that will transform the Raritan Basin into an interactive field laboratory that enhances the student experience by linking science, engineering, and humanities programs through interdisciplinary classes, projects and activities that take place not only on the banks of but actually on and in the “Olde Raritan” and its tributaries.
RCREO’s goal is to create an interactive field laboratory that provides students with a real-world, place-based education, while also supporting a network that will study the evolving status of the Raritan in a highly urbanized setting. Students can explore the Raritan River aboard the new R/V Rutgers. The 20 passenger landing craft can navigate the river and estuary, providing students with the opportunity to experience the Raritan ecosystem firsthand and participate in authentic research and data collection. These experiences will not only emphasize scientific exploration of the physical and biological riverine ecosystem, but will also support field experiences relevant for the social sciences and humanities, including the social or historical role of the Raritan for New Jersey and the region. Faculty or groups interested in exploring the Raritan, can make arrangements to use the vessel, which can be conveniently accessed at the Rutgers Class of 1914 Boathouse on the New Brunswick campus.
In addition, RCREO is working to connect those within the Raritan community who are interested in using the data collected on the Raritan for research and/or teaching purposes. This group will share resources, including effective teaching practices and activities, as well as discuss relevant research questions.
Watch our video to learn about the new research vessel: Rutgers Research Vessel at Work on Raritan River
The research vessel is available to interested parties outside the University as well. For additional information on the Rutgers Collaborative for Raritan Education & Observation, Raritan data, and the R/V Rutgers, go to http://raritan.marine.rutgers.edu or email Carrie Ferraro at firstname.lastname@example.org.