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New Jersey Symbols

State Seal
Pierre Eugene du Simitiere created New Jersey's State Seal in 1777. It contains five symbols, each of which represents something about New Jersey. Download a coloring book page of the State Seal, in PDF format [39k].

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  Helmet and Horse Head 
The helmet and the horse's head crest represent New Jersey's independence as a state. They also represent New Jersey's status as one of the first states. In 1787 New Jersey was the third state to sign the U.S. Constitution.
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The woman holding a staff with a liberty cap on top is Liberty, who represents freedom. In ancient Rome, former Roman slaves saw a liberty cap as a badge of freedom. Liberty caps became popular again during the Revolutionary War.
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The woman on the right is the Roman goddess of grain, Ceres. She holds an ice-cream-cone-shaped basket, called a cornucopia, filled with the many fruits and vegetables produced in New Jersey.
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The three plows on the shield symbolize the agricultural tradition of New Jersey.
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The state's motto "Liberty and Prosperity" is written on the scroll. 1776 is the year New Jersey became a state.
      Liberty and Ceres tell you the meanings behind the symbols in the State Seal Roomies.  
  NJ state flag graphic   State Flag
The New Jersey State Flag was adopted in 1896. Its official color is buff, which is a yellowish-tan color. The colors of the state flag, buff and dark blue (Jersey blue), were the colors George Washington chose for the flag of New Jersey's army regiments during the Revolutionary War. The state seal is featured on the flag. Download a coloring book of the State Flag, in PDF format [20k].
  flower graphic   State Flower - The Violet
Violets can be found in New Jersey fields, lawns, and meadows -- anywhere that they can find warm spring sunshine. Download a coloring book page of the State Flower, in PDF format [14k].
    State Bird - The Eastern Goldfinch
The eastern goldfinch has bright yellow feathers and a black head and wings. Eastern goldfinches love to eat sunflower seeds. Download a coloring book page of the State Bird, in PDF format [18k].
  leaf graphic   State Tree - The Red Oak
The red oak is a hardwood tree that has pointy-lobed leaves with prickly tips. In autumn its leaves turn a beautiful, bright red. It produces many acorns. Download a coloring book page of a leaf from the State Tree, in PDF format [20k].
  bee graphic   State Bug - The Honeybee
The honeybee makes honey for sweetening our meals and beeswax to smooth things out. Honeybees also pollinate our flowers, including our state flower, the violet. Download a coloring book page of the State Insect, in PDF format [15k].
    State Animal - The Horse
Michael McCarthy and his fifth grade class at Our Lady of Victories School in Harrington Park and James Sweetman, an eighth grader from Freehold, helped make the horse New Jersey's state animal in 1977. The horse is included on the state seal. Horses were very important to farming. Today, people continue to raise horses in New Jersey. Racehorses are also very popular in New Jersey. Download a coloring book page of the State Animal, in PDF format [18k].
  Hadrosaurus Foulkii graphic   State Dinosaur - The Hadrosaurus Foulkii
William Parker Foulke discovered the fossils of the dinosaur that became known as the Hadrosaurus Foulkii in Haddonfield in 1858. The fossils were the first to be found in the United States. The Hadro Story tells more about the Hadrosaurus. Download a coloring book page of the State Dinosaur, in PDF format [108k].
  dance graphic   State Folk Dance - The Square Dance
In the popular American square dance, a caller shouts out directions to the dancing couples. Square dance music is lively, and the dancers wear colorful clothes. Download a coloring book page of the State Folk Dance, in PDF format [14k].
  fish graphic   State Fish- The Brook Trout
The brook trout is native to New Jersey. If you find a brook trout, you know the water is good quality because brook trout can't survive in polluted water. Download a coloring book page of the State Fish, in PDF format [244k].
  shell graphic   State Shell - The Knobbed Whelk
The knobbed whelk shell is commonly known as the conch shell. Found along NJ beaches and bays, the knobbed whelk is the name of the large marine snail that lives in the shell. Also known by its Italian name, scungilli, the snail is harvested from its spiral shell and canned for food. The shell is yellowish gray in color. Download a coloring book page of the State Shell, in PDF format [116k].
  ship graphic   State Tall Ship - The A.J. Meerwald
The A.J. Meerwald is a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner. It was originally built to meet the needs of New Jersey's oyster fishing industry. The ship was built in 1928 in Dorchester, New Jersey. Download a coloring book page of the State Ship, in PDF format [107k].
  blueberry graphic   State Fruit - The Blueberry
The blueberry, which was first cultivated in Whitesbog, became the official state fruit in 2004. In 2003, fourth graders at Veteran's Memorial Elementary School in Brick campaigned to make the blueberry the official state fruit. The students had their idea introduced as legislation and conducted a lobbying campaign to see its passage, including media interviews, a letter and petition drive, presentations to local governing bodies, and a trip to the state's blueberry festival in Whitesbog. In addition, the classes traveled to Trenton to make presentations before Senate and Assembly Committees. Elizabeth Coleman White developed the nation's first cultivated blueberry.
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