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Sedge Island Summer Field Experiences

CWF offers field experiences at Sedge Island, in the heart of Barnegat Bay, for both children and adults!


Image of Over 25 pairs of nesting ospreys can be found at Sedge Island, the most densely populated colony in New Jersey. Over 25 pairs of nesting ospreys can be found at Sedge Island, the most densely populated colony in New Jersey. Eric Hance

Did you know that the bay area around the Sedge Islands is the state's only 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.


Adult Programs Offered in 2018

Image of The pristine saltmarsh inside Sedge Island WMA.Zoom+ The pristine saltmarsh inside Sedge Island WMA. © Ben Wurst
Sedge Island Ecology Workshop

Join CWF at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center for a hands-on professional development opportunity available for both formal and informal teachers. Participants will encounter diamondback terrapins, peregrine falcons, ospreys and other wildlife while learning the effective ways on how to teach science and environmental stewardship to students. This workshop will utilize CWF's WebCams and lessons aligned with NGSS and Multiple Intelligences Theory of Learning.

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • $50 per educator (includes breakfast and kayak use)

Sign Up for the professional development workshop today!

To pay with a check, please make all checks out to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and mail to:

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
ATTN: Stephanie DAlessio
P.O. Box 420, Mailcode 501-03E
Trenton, NJ 08625

To pay with a card, use the PayPal button below, or call: 609.984.0621


Sedge Island "Bay to Bowl" Locavore Program
Image of Come and learn how to harvest Clams this summer!Zoom+ Come and learn how to harvest Clams this summer!

In partnership with NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, a 3-day 2-night locavore program for adults 21 years old and older interested in learning what’s edible in and around Barnegat Bay. The program will be held at the Sedge House, located within New Jersey's first Marine Conservation Zone. Participants will spend time identifying and harvesting edible plants, algae, digging clams, netting crabs, and fishing, all while learning about the salt marsh ecosystem, conservation, and renewable resources. Participants will learn what’s edible in and around Barnegat Bay, identify, harvest and prepare sustainable local cuisine, shuck clams and oysters, and how to fillet fish and leave with a deeper understanding of our natural environment and the importance of being a good steward.

Each meal will feature something locally harvested by participants, and Saturday night’s dinner will consist mainly of harvested resources that will be cooked through demonstration and by participation. Participants should come with open minds and empty stomachs! (Food allergies may not be able to be addressed.)


Kid Programs offered in 2018

SEDGE ISLAND FISHING EXPERIENCE
Image of The catch of the week - a 30 inch long fluke caught by Stephen M.Zoom+ The catch of the week - a 30 inch long fluke caught by Stephen M. Alissa Pazienza

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 2017. 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.


SEDGE ISLAND FIELD EXPERIENCE
Image of A northern diamondback terrapin hatchling poses for a photo while it is being studied and described in a campers journal entry.Zoom+ A northern diamondback terrapin hatchling poses for a photo while it is being studied and described in a campers journal entry. Alex Devoy

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 2018. Students will spend their days exploring the Barnegat Bay ecosystem using kayaks, microscopes, water testing equipment, nets, and other scientific tools. They will 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, and learn about sustainability and stewardship to, in turn, teach others the value of protecting the 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.Dates for 2018 to be announced


SEDGE ISLAND FIELD AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Image of Emily K. takes a break from kayaking to explore the salt marsh ecosystem and seek instructions from Program Director Jim Merritt.Zoom+ Emily K. takes a break from kayaking to explore the salt marsh ecosystem and seek instructions from Program Director Jim Merritt. Alissa Pazienza

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 11in the fall of 2018. 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 Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center will be the setting for this camp and the research that will take place.


About the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center

Image of Sedge house.Zoom+ Sedge house. © Ben Wurst

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.


For more information, contact:

Stephanie DAlessio MA. Ed, CWF Director of Education: Email
609.984.0621

-or-

Karen Byrne, for schorlarship opportunities: Email
609.748.4347

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