As the School of Conservation serves residents from all over New Jersey, we need to alert all of our legislators to the possibility of the School closing. A small number of phone calls or letters is taken to represent the opinion of many more people.
Who to write to:
If you live in New Jersey, please write to First Lady Tammy Murphy:
If you live in New Jersey, please also write to your legislators.
Find your representatives:
If you do not live in New Jersey, please write to Senator Oroho, who represents Sussex County and is helping the Friends of NJSOC in our efforts to save the school.
Share and coordinate your efforts.
Share a copy of your letter with the Friends of NJSOC and inform us of any follow up. This can be done via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be happy to assist you with speaking to legislators if they request additional information.
Optional facts you may choose to incorporate in your letter. Remember, your personal experience is the most important information, but you may be able to weave a fact or two in with it.
- The School of Conservation is the oldest and third largest resident environmental field center in the world. Several of its buildings date back to its origins as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. SOC was a force in the development of the field of environmental education. Many of the founders and leaders of the environmental movement studied and taught at SOC.
- The mission of the School of Conservation is to cultivate environmentally responsible behaviors through education in order to resolve environmental problems and promote sustainable practices in communities. This goal is unquestionably more relevant today than it was when the School was founded in 1949.
- Assembly Bill A2300 and its companion Bill Senate No. 1602 signed by Governor Brendan Byrne on May 18, 1981 established the School of Conservation in perpetuity as a school for environmental field study.
- SOC is a nationally significant research center partnered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Endangered Species program, and utilized by researchers from 14 programs within Montclair State University. The School’s environmental campus is the only university research station in New Jersey that is located in an upland temperate forest.
- The SOC’s resident programs and summer camps have served more than 400,000 students, teachers, masters and doctoral candidates, faculty and visiting professionals from every walk of life through the nearly 40,000 workshops and environmental education programs offered at the SOC.
- Griffin, Laura. “Into the Woods.” The Magazine of Montclair State University: Spring 2015.
- The New Jersey School of Conservation 1949-2019: A Spirit, a Dream, A Hope for the Future. Kerry Kirk Pflugh, ed. Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation, October 2019.