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2013 Sedge Island Summer Field Experience
Due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy, field experiences will not take place in 2013. Please visit this page to find out the status of the program in 2014.
A slideshow of photos from previous Sedge Island Summer Field Experiences on Barnegat Bay.
About the Sedge Island Summer Field Experience:
Students will take a 15 minute boat ride across Barnegat Bay’s shallow waters to a renovated duck-hunting lodge equipped with a common room, 7 bunkrooms, a full kitchen, dining room, front porch, and an upper back deck. During their stay, participants will live a conservation lifestyle since the facility is completely self sufficient. Solar panels provide electricity while sewage is composted in Clivus Multrum composting toilets. Residing at this facility for the week will provide students with a unique view on New Jersey’s natural resources and our human impact on it.
Participants will immerse themselves into the salt march ecosystem. They will explore the natural and cultural history of Barnegat Bay as well as current environmental issues affecting the bay.
- Explore the Barnegat Bay ecosystem using kayaks, microscopes, water testing equipment, nets, and other scientific tools;
- Work with biologists gathering information about the flora and fauna of Barnegat Bay;
- Learn about the history of Barnegat Bay through fishing, crabbing, and clamming;
- Develop leadership skills helping to improve confidence in making environmentally-friendly decisions;
- Learn about sustainability and stewardship to, in turn, teach others the value of protecting the environment;
Students will leave with a better understanding of the personal choices they face in order to make a positive impact upon their environment.
On the last day, parents are invited to join the group for lunch and to learn from the students about their week-long salt marsh experience.