NJDEP and Conserve Wildlife Foundation Partner to Offer Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island

Jul 24, 2019

The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey are partnering to offer teenage students two unique educational programs at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center in August. The facility is located just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, within the state’s first Marine Conservation Zone.

A program slated for Aug. 13-15 is designed for youngsters entering grades seven through nine this fall. According to the DEP, “Students will spend their days immersed in the salt marshes of Barnegat Bay while exploring the ecosystem by kayak, living a conservationist lifestyle and learning first-hand about research from biologists.”

Cost is $315 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment.

The second program, “Sedge Island Fishing Experience,” will run Aug. 22-25, and is open to students starting grades eight and nine in the fall. Participants will spend the first three days fishing and exploring the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night, parents and guardians will join the group to learn from the kids, and the following day, everyone will fish together. No angling experience is necessary.

The cost is $475 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment. Financial assistance scholarships are available for both workshops.

For more information, contact Karen Byrne at 609-748-4347 or Karen.Byrne@dep.nj.gov, or visit njfishandwildlife.com. —J.K.H.

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