Environmental Education Programs

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FIELD EXPERIENCES FOR SCHOOL GROUPS

For over 50 years, the NJ School of Conservation has provided 3- to 5-day resident environmental education programs for school groups from throughout New Jersey. Over its long history, the School has served school groups from 19 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, some of whom have been returning for more than 40 years, and others who travel over 2 hours by bus to access a program for their students available nowhere else in the state.

With the reopening of the School by the Friends of NJSOC in 2021, school groups have been invited back for a single-day program that offers the same quality learning and all the magic of the NJSOC experience within a shorter timeframe. The Friends are currently conducting necessary renovations and repairs on NJSOC’s Civilian Conservation Corps-era buildings in order to ready them for overnight lodging. The goal is to reinstate the resident environmental education program once permission is granted to do so by the site’s owners, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

To schedule a Field Experience for your school, please contact Tanya Sulikowski, Director of Education, at tsulikowski@friendsofnjsoc.org.

About the Environmental Education Field Experience

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey established a field trip endowment fund to launch Field Trip New Jersey.​

Field Trip New Jersey provides $100,000 in funds annually to help school children in underserved communities across New Jersey access the arts and culture, historical landmarks, nature preserves and science institutions, and college campuses. The fund makes field trips possible for more students across an even wider range of disciplines and interest areas. This program operates outside of NJSOC; for more information visit https://cfnj.org/fieldtrip/

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS

The NJ School of Conservation offers professional development trainings that provide what teachers are looking for; meaningful connections to like-minded colleagues, hands-on field experiences that enhance content knowledge and resources and skills that are directly transferable to the classroom. 

Most recently, the NJSOC Teaching Fellowship has featured multi-day residential workshops on Place-Based Education and Geo-Inquiry, Biodiversity and, when our world tuned unexpectedly virtual, a weeklong online iNaturalist workshop. These workshops were generously supported by our partners at National Geographic Education. 

As we reimagine the NJ School of Conservation’s role in supporting NJ educators, we’re planning for trainings in climate change education, field-based inquiry and diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Stay tuned for a schedule of upcoming workshops. For more information, contact NJSOC Director of Education, Tanya Sulikowski at tsulikowski@friendsofnjsoc.org

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