Marine and Environmental Science Summer Programs on Sandy Hook and LBI

campers seiningTreat your kids to a week of learning and fun with American Littoral Society educators and naturalists this summer. The camp will feature our SeaQuest marine science and environmental science curriculum which has been successfully used in New Jersey after-school enrichment programs for the past 5 years. This summer, kids entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 can particpate in outdoor, field-based learning about coastal habitat, wildlife, and human impacts on them.

Barnegat Bay Coast Camp: July 14th - 18th 2014 at Maris Stella Retreat and coast camp fishingConference Center Harvey Cedars.

Cost: $200 includes all instruction, materials, equipment, and snacks for the week. This camp is being run at a reduced rate and is being funded by a grant received by the Sisters of Maris Stella. Students must bring their own lunch.

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One Day Programs at Sandy Hook

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Coastal Explorers, Sandy Hook: During this one day program, kids entering grades 1-4, will join Society educators for a day of seining and shell collecting. Afterwards we will return to Littoral Society headquarters for coastal arts and crafts. Students should bring lunch and a change of clothes. 9:30 – 1:00. Cost: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

Dates: July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21 2014

Littoral Learners, Sandy Hook: During this advanced one day program, students entering grades 5-8 will get an in depth introduction to marine science. We will learn the natural history of the diverse habitats of Sandy Hook, including maritime forest, beach, and bay. Students will help pull our 40 foot seine net through the bay and examine the marine life we catch. Students should bring lunch and a change of clothes. 9:30 – 1:00. Cost: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 

Dates: July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22 2014

Underwater Robotics, Sandy Hook (For kids 10 and up)
Embark on an underwater adventure using remotely operated vehicles (ROV). Students ages 10 and up will work in teams to build an underwater robot. Using products found at many local hardware stores, we will create fully functioning robots. Student will learn many concepts including buoyancy, circuitry, waterproofing, propulsion, and tool safety. Afterwards, the teams will test out the robots in Sandy Hook bay. Kids age 10 and up can participate. Students should bring a lunch. 9:00 - 3:30. Cost: $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers.

Dates: July 10 and August 6 2014

Kid's Surf Fishing Clinic Join Society staff for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. We will cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and "reading" a beach. All skill levels will be accommodated. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided. Kids ages 10 and up can participate and should bring a lunch . 10:00 – 1:30. Cost: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers.

Date: August 13 2014

Contact Stevie Thorsen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 732-291-0055 for more information.





 Check out this recap the past camp on LBI



The first session of our 2013 Barnegat Bay Coast Camp at the Marris Stella Center in Harvey Cedars this summer was a definite success! With 17 students enrolled and a waiting list of 8, anticipation was high for this year’s camp! Perfect weather made for a fantastic week of hands on, active learning for all students. Student’s 5th-8th grade enjoyed learning through the process of seining, birding, shelling, crabbing, fishing and plant identification. Throughout the week each day focused on a specific activity involving the coastal zone, whether it was learning how to identify the birds stealing your French fries or the methods of cleaning an oil spill all students were engaged with hands on activities that take them further than a text book ever could. With two more sessions of camp remaining, this summer is sure to hold many more exciting opportunities to learn about the coastal zone that is so vital in our everyday life!


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