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In 1974 there was only one active osprey nest on Barnegat Bay?
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Sedge Island Summer Field Experiences
CWF and partner NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife offers teenage students three exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. The facility is located just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay and provides a beautiful location for these unique, educational, fun and exciting experiences.
Did you know that the bay area around the Sedge Islands is the state's first Marine Conservation Zone? Sedge Island is a very unique and pristine salt marsh ecosystem that is home to a variety of wildlife, including the state's most densely populated colony of nesting ospreys (a state-threatened species). During our Summer Field Experiences at Sedge Island, participants will immerse themselves into the salt marsh ecosystem. They will explore the natural and cultural history of Barnegat Bay as well as current environmental issues affecting the bay.
Student Programs offered in 2020
Sedge Island Research Experience - June 27-29, 2020
Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife are offering a 3-day 2-night program open to students going into grades 10 through 12 in September, 2020. This program is ideal for students considering attending college to major in marine science or environmental studies. During this program students will learn about various research methods through hands-on data collection, hear from a local college professor about research they are conducting, and learn how to keep a journal.
Cost is $315* and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment.
Sedge Island Field Experience — July 21-24, 2020
Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife are offering a 4-day 3-night program for students going into grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2020. 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 $425* and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment.
Application Deadline: June 29, 2020
Sedge Island Fishing Experience — August 27-30, 2020
Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife are offering this 4-day 3-night program open to students going into grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2020. Students will spend the first three days fishing the area while learning about the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night one parent or guardian will join the group and spend the last night learning from the students, and the following day fishing with them. No fishing experience necessary!
Cost is $475* and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment.
Application Deadline: August 6, 2020
* Please note financial assistance scholarships are available for all workshops.
For more information about any of these programs contact Karen Byrne at 609-748-4347 or Karen.Byrne@dep.nj.gov.