Registration Open for Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island

Apr 17, 2019

The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners are offering teenage students three unique educational summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. The facility is located just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, within the state’s first Marine Conservation Zone.

The DEP, in partnership with the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, will first host a Barnegat Bay Field and Research Experience from July 14 through 19. This residential program is for students entering grades 10 through 12 this fall. “During this program students will be taught field research skills that will lead them to conduct team research projects on Barnegat Bay with a culmination of a sharing session the last day of the program,” the department explained.

The cost for this program is $770 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment. The application deadline is July 5.

From Aug. 13 to 15, the DEP and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of N.J. will join to offer a program for students 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.”

The cost is $315 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment. The application deadline is July 22.

CWF and DEP will again partner for a Sedge Island Fishing Experience from Aug. 22 through 25. This program is open to students going into grades eight and nine in the fall. Students will spend the first three days fishing and exploring the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night, parents or guardians will join the group to learn from the students and, the following day, will fish with them. No fishing experience is necessary.

The cost is $475 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment. The application deadline is Aug. 9.

Financial assistance scholarships are available for all 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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