Photo: The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences traces its roots back to the Rutgers Scientific School, founded in 1864 as New Jersey's land-grant college, with George H. Cook at the head.

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences traces its roots back to the Rutgers Scientific School, founded in 1864 as New Jersey's land-grant college, with George H. Cook at the head.

Photo: College Farm Lake (now known as Passion Puddle), 1910.  The land that the present-day George H. Cook Campus sits on became home to the newly created New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in 1880.  In 1912 the College of Agriculture moved here.

College Farm Lake (now known as Passion Puddle), 1910. The land that the present-day George H. Cook Campus sits on became home to the newly created New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in 1880. In 1912 the College of Agriculture moved here.

Photo: The New Jersey Cooperative Extension Service (now known as Rutgers Cooperative Extension) was established as part of NJAES in 1914. Today, family and community science educators continue and expand on the work started by the early home demonstration agents, such as the one pictured here.

The New Jersey Cooperative Extension Service (now known as Rutgers Cooperative Extension) was established as part of NJAES in 1914. Today, family and community science educators continue and expand on the work started by the early home demonstration agents, such as the one pictured here.

Photo: The new buildings at the Agricultural Experiment Station and the newly founded College of Agriculture in the mid-1920s. They are now named Bartlett, Martin, and Thompson halls. The school kept its practical agriculture close at hand; note the corn growing just across what is now Lipman Drive.

The new buildings at the Agricultural Experiment Station and the newly founded College of Agriculture in the mid-1920s. They are now named Bartlett, Martin, and Thompson halls. The school kept its practical agriculture close at hand; note the corn growing just across what is now Lipman Drive.

Photo: Lyman Schermerhorn (left), breeder of the famous Rutgers tomato, which was released in 1934 and remained popular into the '60s. NJAES researchers have recently introduced a new version of the Rutgers tomato.

Lyman Schermerhorn (left), breeder of the famous Rutgers tomato, which was released in 1934 and remained popular into the '60s. NJAES researchers have recently introduced a new version of the Rutgers tomato.

Photo: Albert Schatz (left) and Selman Waksman (right) co-discoverers of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis, tularemia, whooping cough, and forms of meningitis, in 1944. In 1952, Waksman was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Albert Schatz (left) and Selman Waksman (right) co-discoverers of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis, tularemia, whooping cough, and forms of meningitis, in 1944. In 1952, Waksman was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Photo: In 1955, Rutgers plant pathologist Spencer H. Davis, Jr. (right), checks for disease in lettuce from cold frame held by a local farmer (left). Milton H. Cowan, Middlesex County agricultural agent, is the middle man in this operation just as the other county agents are when unusual problems arise in their areas.

In 1955, Rutgers plant pathologist Spencer H. Davis, Jr. (right), checks for disease in lettuce from cold frame held by a local farmer (left). Milton H. Cowan, Middlesex County agricultural agent, is the middle man in this operation just as the other county agents are when unusual problems arise in their areas.

Photo: Students celebrating Ag Field Day, an annual campus tradition since 1906.  Originally an NJAES demonstration showcase geared towards the state's farmers, it has become a showcase for the school that has now expanded into Rutgers Day.

Students celebrating Ag Field Day, an annual campus tradition since 1906. Originally an NJAES demonstration showcase geared towards the state's farmers, it has become a showcase for the school that has now expanded into Rutgers Day.

Photo: Extension Field Day tour group, circa 1970.  Rutgers Cooperative Extension ag agents continue to bring practical knowledge to farmers and home gardeners throughout the state.

Extension Field Day tour group, circa 1970. Rutgers Cooperative Extension ag agents continue to bring practical knowledge to farmers and home gardeners throughout the state.

Photo: Cook College sign at Rt. 1 entrance, 1986.  In 1965, the College of Agriculture became the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and in 1973 it was renamed to Cook College in honor of George H. Cook.

Cook College sign at Rt. 1 entrance, 1986. In 1965, the College of Agriculture became the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and in 1973 it was renamed to Cook College in honor of George H. Cook.

Photo: Rutgers' longstanding New Jersey 4‑H program continues to engage children by applying its "learn by doing" approach to an ever-growing variety of project areas from agriculture to robotics.

Rutgers' longstanding New Jersey 4‑H program continues to engage children by applying its "learn by doing" approach to an ever-growing variety of project areas from agriculture to robotics.

Photo: In 2007, Cook College was renamed the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Community Day, a highly popular September campus tradition was born, giving students an opportunuty to get to know each other and all the activities available to them.

In 2007, Cook College was renamed the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Community Day, a highly popular September campus tradition was born, giving students an opportunuty to get to know each other and all the activities available to them.

On behalf of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), welcome to the Rutgers 250th anniversary, which began on Charter Day (Nov. 10, 2015) under the theme, "Rutgers. Revolutionary for 250 Years."

This yearlong Rutgers 250 celebration is the centerpiece of many notable observances at SEBS and NJAES in 2016, including the 100th anniversary of the Rutgers Gardens and the 70th anniversary of the Department of Food Science. Many events have been planned by the school, including the Dean's 250th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series and a student debate. We encourage everyone—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members—to join us. Moreover, NJAES will add to the celebrations across New Jersey by increasing its presence at county fairs and by highlighting the many products developed in our breeding programs such as our Scarlet Strawberry™, which made its commercial debut in Spring 2015.

I invite you to explore, participate, learn, hear our call to action, and celebrate with us during Rutgers' 250th anniversary year. I urge you to think about what you can do to ensure that our future is bright. I'm confident that school and NJAES faculty, students, alumni, and staff will strive to be "revolutionary" for the next 250 years.

— Executive Dean Bob Goodman