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Marine Aquatic Resource Education


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Environmental Education Internship - Sedge Island

Anglers Support Education

The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration program (often called "Wallop-Breaux" for its Congressional authors), is funded by anglers through a tax at the manufacturers' level on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. The program supports research and management programs, and also provides funding for NJ's Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Education programs. These programs make educational resources available to NJ educators.

Water is the natural resource that can tie all environmental concerns together!

Workshop Opportunities for Educators

Project WILD Aquatic
Dragonfly WILD Aquatic is a K-12 interdisciplinary curriculum supplement designed to increase knowledge and awareness of our marine, coastal and inland aquatic environments as well as human, domestic, recreational and industrial water use.

Both Project WILD and WILD Aquatic, along with related programs - Project Learning Tree, Project WET, WOW: The Wonders of Wetlands, and Bridges to the Natural World - are ideal for integration into the teaching of science, social studies, language arts, math, art, physical education, health, music, and other curriculum areas. By participating in one of our workshops you'll find a source of innovative techniques for teaching basic skills and effective methods for teaching problem solving and decision making.

This could be the core around which you can build an outstanding environmental education program in any school or district!
  • WILD Aquatic is correlated to the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. Workshops providers are registered with the NJ Dept. of Education as certified providers.
  • Free or low cost 6-hour workshops are scheduled, both weekdays and weekends.
  • Free in-service workshops are available for schools or districts.
  • For schedule and other information call 609-748-4347, or view the Project WILD Workshop List.
Related Programs:

Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center Workshops for Teachers
Overnight workshops for educators emphasizing both the natural and the cultural history of the area at our Sedge Island site in Barnegat Bay are conducted May to October. Access is by Division-owned pontoon boat. A low-cost opportunity for teachers and students to investigate the marine environment with hands-on activities that provide insight to the wise use of New Jersey's natural resources including marsh walks, kayak tours, and conventional fish, crabbing, and clamming techniques. The workshop fulfills core curriculum standards in both science and social studies. Call 609-748-4347.

Green Eggs & Sand: The Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Education Project
Two horseshoe crabs Looking to infuse a global biodiversity and current real-life resource management challenge into your classroom?

Participants at a Green Eggs and Sand workshop experience and investigate the Delaware Bay's horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomena firsthand-learning from experts, working with experts and becoming experts on its many related scientific and resource management issues. Teachers also receive a curriculum focused on middle and secondary students that is supported with the materials and resources to make these issues come alive for students. Pre-registration is required for the workshops hosted each spring at the rustic Mallard Lodge on Delaware Bay near Smyrna, Delaware. To be included on the mailing list, please contact Karen Byrne at 609-748-4347 or via e-mail at

2017 Green Eggs and Sand Workshop June 2-4
   Information and Registration Form (pdf, 875kb)

Green Eggs and Sand Workshop FAQs (pdf, 80kb)


Curriculum Supplements

Beneath the Shell - a 126-page teachers guide to nonpoint source pollution, which relates it to our coastal shellfish populations is available online on the DEP SEEDS website at (pdf, 45mb).

Other opportunities/field trips/teacher workshop providers:

Coastal/Aquatic educational programs - especially for youngsters


  • NJ Adventure Aquarium, Camden
  • Jenkinson's Aquarium, Pt. Pleasant Beach
  • Atlantic City Aquarium

    Nature Centers

  • The Nature Center of Cape May
  • Cape May Point State Park, Island Beach State Park and Barnegat Light State Park
  • The Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor
  • Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton
  • Cattus Island County Park, Toms River
  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Environmental Center, Pennington
  • The Meadowlands Environment Center, Lyndhurst

    Want to:

  • Adopt A Beach? Visit
  • Learn more about Horseshoe Crabs than you ever thought imaginable? Visit
  • Learn more about Blue Claw Crabs than you ever thought imaginable? Visit

    Other Resources:

  • NJ F&W Endangered & Nongame Species Program Speakers Bureau
  • Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's Educational Resources - - click on "educational resources" for lots of cool things for kids (and adults!) to do!
  • Sedge Island Field Experience - ( feature)
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    Last Updated: October 17, 2018