Did you know:
A pair of ospreys can make over 100 trips a day to collect nesting material.
Sign up for enews.
Sedge Island Summer Field Experiences
The Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center is back up and running! Three Summer Experiences will be offered in 2014.
A slideshow of photos from previous Sedge Island Summer Field Experiences on Barnegat Bay.
About the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center
Located in Barnegat Bay, the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center is a renovated duck-hunting lodge. Students take a 15 minute boat ride across Barnegat Bay’s shallow waters to the center which is 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 several days 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.
3 Programs will be offered in 2014:
Sedge Island Fishing Experience
June 26 to 29, 2014
In partnership with the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, a 4-day, 3-night program open to students entering grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend the first 3 days fishing the area while learning about the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night, a parent or guardian will join the group and spend the last night learning from the students, and the following day fishing with them.
- Cost: $475** includes all meals, lodging, instruction, and equipment.
- Registration for the Sedge Island Fishing Experience is first come, first serve and will open after February 1, 2014.
- For more information, please call Karen Byrne at (609) 748-4347 or visit the Sedge Island webpage.
Sedge Island Field Experience
July 28 to 31, 2014
In partnership with the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, a 4-day, 3-night program open to students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend their days immersed in the salt marshes of Barnegat Bay while exploring the ecosystems by kayak, living a conservation lifestyle, and learning first-hand about biological research.
- 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.
- Cost: $425** includes all meals, lodging, instruction, and equipment.
- For more information, please call Karen Byrne at (609) 748-4347.
2014 Sedge Summer Field Experience Flyer - 110.3KB
2014 Sedge Application Cover Page - 51KB
Sedge Island Field and Research Experience
July 10 to 16, 2014
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) are offering a residential research experience for students entering grades 10 and 11 in the fall of 2014. During this program, students will be taught field research skills that will lead them to conduct team research projects on the Barnegat Bay with a culmination sharing session on the last day of the program. The Lighthouse Center in Waretown and the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center will be the setting for this camp and the research that will take place.
- Cost: $770** includes all meals, lodging, instruction, and equipment.
- Registration forms will be available after January 1, 2014. For more information, please call Karen Byrne at (609) 748-4347 or visit the Sedge Island webpage.
Please note that scholarships are available. Contact Karen Byrne at (609) 748-4347 for more information.