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New Jersey State Symbols

New Jersey State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

New Jersey Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

With miles of beautiful beaches and close proximity to New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey offers students a wide range of urban and rural environments, outdoor recreation, and educational opportunities. Known as the “Garden State” because of its lush green parks and mountains, New Jersey is also the most urban-oriented and densely populated state in the nation.

Italian Giovanni da Verrazano, in 1524, was the first European to explore the area we know today as New Jersey. One of the original 13 states (it joined the Union in 1787), it was named after the island of Jersey in the English Channel. General George Washington won a key Revolutionary War battle at Trenton when he crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania and surprised the Hessian soldiers stationed there. Trenton is the state capital, and the symbol for the state shell is the knobbed whelk (Busycon carica gmelin) . "Atlantic City, a resort town and former home to the Miss America pageant, attracts visitors from around the world."

New Jersey State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of New Jersey state facts such as New Jersey state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over New Jersey, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.

 

New Jersey State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

State Symbols

Symbol Name - (Species)

Adopted

American Folk Dance Square Dance Jan 19,
1983
Animal Horse (Equus caballus) Aug 14,
1977
Bird Eastern Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) Jun 27,
1935
Bug-Insect Honeybee(Apis Mellifera) Jun 20,
1974
Colors Buff and Jersey Blue Sep 30,
1965
Dinosaur Duckbilled Dinosaur (Hadrosaurus foulkii) Jun 13,
1991
Fish Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Jan 8,
1992
Flag State Flag 1896
Flower Purple Violet (Viola sororia) 1913
Fruit Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) 2003
Memorial Tree Dogwood (Cornus Florida) Jan 15,
1951
Motto Liberty and Prosperity 1777
Nicknames "The Garden State" NA
Quarter New Jersey State Quarter May 17, 1999
Seal Great Seal 1777;
1928
Shell

Knobbed Whelk (Busycon carica gmelin)

Apr 13,
1995
Song "I'm From New Jersey" (unofficial) NA
Tall Ship A. J. Meerwald Apr 21,
1998
Tree Red Oak (Quercus borealis maxima) Jun 13,
1950
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