Monica Cardoza

Freelance Writer. Editor. Nonfiction Author.

I cover outdoor recreation and conservation from a variety of angles—
science, gardening, tech, history, insurance, finance, careers, and more.

I’m also a contributing writer for New Jersey Monthly magazine. Scroll down for a list of those articles.


Birdability: Meet the Women Making Birding Inclusive Birds & Blooms (Nov 2022)

Greet Grosbeaks Birds & Blooms (April/May 2022)

Craft Brewers Pair Well with Outdoor Volunteerism Wine Enthusiast (March 2022)

Degrees of Hibernation Birds & Blooms (Dec/Jan 2022)

Cities Take Action to Limit Loud, Polluting Lawn Care Audubon (spring 2021)

How to Plant Trees to Increase Your Home Value Better Homes and Gardens (March 2021)

Second Careers Stem from a Love of Gardening Next Avenue (May 2020)

6 Tips for Summer Safety Your Teen Magazine (July 2020)

For the Birds Sierra (Nov. 2020)

A Vermont Rail-Trail Leads to the New York Public Library Rails to Trail Conservancy (Dec. 2020)

Should You Buy Backpacking Insurance Backpacker (June 2019)

New Jersey Monthly

Rahway Woodworker Elevates Everyday Items (October 2022)

Rutgers Professor and Vineyard Owner Creates a Wine and Grape Growing Course (June 2022)

Meet the 4 County-Level Audubon Chapters in the State (April 2022)

The Girl with the Cardinal Tatoo (April 2022)

Trail-Running Community Donates Thousands to NJ Charities (March 2022)

Will the Spotted Lanternfly Ever Stop Bugging NJ? (Oct. 2021)

Why Migrating Monarchs Love NJ (Sept. 2021)

How Jersey Farms Cultivate Exotic Crops (July 2021)

Drawn to Nature: The Art of Botanical Doodling (July 2021)

A Glimpse Inside Life on a Lavender Farm (May 2021)

Where to Hawk Watch in NJ (Oct. 2020)

The Dogs Trained to Save NJ Trees (Sept. 2020)

A Quick Guide to Planting NJ Trees (Sept. 2020)

Meet the Handful of Locals Rescuing Our Threatened Trees (Sept. 2020)

Flower CSAs Yield a Bounty of Bouquets (April 2020)

Seven Eye-Opening Full-Moon Hikes (April 2019)

Can-Do Spirit of NJ’s Community Scientists (Oct. 2019)