Environmental Education Resources

Jenkinson’s Aquarium

In addition to the educational exhibits, Jenkinson’s Aquarium offers workshops for children of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers and group tours for schools and scout groups. Groups are provided a general tour of the building and can choose between a number of Focus Programs that will highlight a chosen topic. If your group is unable to make it to the Aquarium, they can come to you through their Outreach Program.

NJ Department of Environmental Protection State Environmental Education Directory (NJ SEEDS)

Coordinated at the state level, this directory is full of information on environmental education events, in-class and out-of-class programs, classroom materials, workshop information, etc.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

The Division of Fish and Wildlife conducts a variety of educational programs for teachers and the general public, such as Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops. The goal of Project WILD/Aquatic WILD/WILD School Sites is to assist learners of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment that result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which life depends. These programs are conducted in cooperation with the National Project WILD office.

New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program

The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is a community-oriented AmeriCorps environmental program designed to raise awareness about watershed issues in New Jersey. Through this program, AmeriCorps members are placed in watershed management areas across the state to serve their local communities. Watershed Ambassadors will come to your classroom for a hands-on environmental education lesson, such as the EnviroScape® demonstration. The Barnegat Bay Partnership is the host agency for the Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador.

Forest Resource Education Center (FREC)

The FREC offers free environmental education programs to groups of all ages and several special events throughout the year. FREC also provides teacher workshops in Project Learning Tree, a national program that helps children learn how to think about the environment.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District (OCSCD)

The OCSCD provides Ocean County with a wide variety of natural resource conservation services, including extensive resources for Ocean County educators. They offer professional development and in-service opportunities, information on construction of outdoor classrooms and rain gardens, classroom materials, and the Discovering Barnegat Bay workshops for teachers. Discovering Barnegat Bay is a 340-page interdisciplinary guide with lesson plans about the historical, cultural, and natural resources of the Barnegat Bay watershed.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA)

The PPA offers a variety of teacher resources including trainings, curricula, and customized field experiences. For more information visit their website or call (609) 859-8860.

Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center Workshops for Teachers

The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife offers an extraordinary learning experience at its Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located within New Jersey’s first Marine Conservation Zone. Several uninhabited islands situated just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay comprise the 300-acre Sedge Islands Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a remarkable estuarine environment teeming with wildlife.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education

The EPA’s Environmental Education website provides information about educational resources, publications, training programs, fellowships, grants, and much more.

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