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.

New Jersey State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

American Folk Dance Square Dance
Animal Horse
(Equus caballus)
Bird Eastern Goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)
Bug-Insect Honeybee
(Apis Mellifera)
Butterfly Black Swallowtail Butterfly
(Papilio polyxenes)
Colors Buff and Jersey Blue
Dinosaur Duckbilled Dinosaur
(Hadrosaurus foulkii)
Fish Brook Trout
(Salvelinus fontinalis)
Flag State Flag
Flower Purple Violet
(Viola sororia)
Fruit Highbush Blueberry
(Vaccinium corymbosum)
Memorial Tree Dogwood
(Cornus Florida)
Motto Liberty and Prosperity
Nicknames "The Garden State"
Quarter New Jersey State Quarter
Seal Great Seal

Knobbed Whelk

(Busycon carica gmelin)

Song "I'm From New Jersey"
Tall Ship A. J. Meerwald
Tree Red Oak
(Quercus borealis maxima)
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