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The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium advances knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through research, education and extension.

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Providing sound scientific data to promote wise decision-making about New Jersey’s coastal and marine resources is at the heart of NJSGC’s mission.

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The Education Program at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium holds a wide variety of programs directed towards advancing greater understanding and stewardship of our state’s marine and coastal resources.

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The primary goal of Extension is to provide useful information to people employed or interested in fields related to marine resources from fishermen, coastal engineers, maritime industry personnel, resource managers and decision makers to the general public.

News & Events

Flood risk open houses scheduled for flood maps

January 19th, 2015

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and its partners — Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and Leckner Consulting, along with FEMA, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and several New Jersey county governments — will hold flood risk open houses. The meetings are the next step in the mapping process for the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  The open house meetings will allow residents in their respective counties, who are in flood zones, to speak with representatives from FEMA, NJDEP, and their respective county officials about their risks, updated flood hazard maps, flood insurance, and flood risk mitigation.  To accommodate the residents of Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean counties, there will be an open house on two different days, at different venues. One meeting will be in the in the northern part of the county and one in the south, but residents can attend either event.

These are the meetings scheduled to date:

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Register now for our 2015 Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk

January 16th, 2015

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 2015 Horseshoe Crab Twilight Walk will be held on June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Raindate: June 7, 6 to 8 p.m.).  There will be a warm high tide and a full moon that evening making it the perfect time to see horseshoe crabs on Sandy Hook.

Your NJSGC guide will help you learn more about this amazing living fossil through hands-on exploration and other educational activities in the consortium’s laboratory classroom and along the shorelines of Sandy Hook.  This event is open to individuals as well as families.  To register, click here.

Contact Jody Sackett for more information at jsackett@njseagrant.org or at 732-872-1300 ext. 20.

Summer course schedule posted

January 15th, 2015

The 2015 NJSGC summer course class schedule for Introduction to Marine Science and Marine Biology — both four-credit, 200-level laboratory courses — is set. A 400/500-level independent study and SCUBA are also available.

There are two sessions for Introduction to Marine Science, and they will be taught at Brookdale Community College’s Northern Monmouth County Higher Education Center in Hazlet.

There is one session for Marine Biology. It will be taught at Brookdale’s main campus in Lincroft.

Courses are recognized for direct credit by most of New Jersey’s colleges and universities.

More information about NJSGC’s summer college program can be found at: http://njseagrant.org/education/college-programs.

Reminder: Worksheets for Pumpout Operation and Maintenance Funding Requests Due Now

December 19th, 2014
The New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program is now accepting applications from marinas with operational pumpout and dump station facilities for reimbursement of operation and maintenance expenses incurred during 2014.  The worksheet must be completed and returned with all the necessary supporting documents before January 15, 2015.  Funding is limited and reimbursement based on an availability of funds basis.  Therefore, marinas are encouraged to submit their worksheets and supporting documents as early as possible.
A copy of the worksheet can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please note that if you fail to provide all the documents needed to process your request for reimbursement prior to January 15, 2015 you will not be eligible for reimbursement of operation and maintenance expenses incurred during 2014.

If you would like more information or have questions please contact Michael Danko at 732.872.1300 ext. 29 or mdanko@njseagrant.org.

Scout Program Special: Reserve Now to Avoid January Price Increase

December 3rd, 2014

FORT HANCOCK — New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is pleased to offer 25 badge and 5 field trip programs for scouts year-round. We are already scheduling programs for 2015. Contact us now through December 31 and reserve 2015 dates for any and all of these wonderful programs at 2014 prices!

During our programs, scouts discover the science of the shore and have fun while earning badges or fun patches. We hunt for maritime treasures in Brownie Letterboxer; race to collect high-energy marine food in our Junior Journey games; hold live baby horseshoe crabs in Cadette Animal Helpers; play Native American hunting games in Wolf Native Lore; hike the salt marsh in Webelos Naturalist and conduct detailed laboratory experiments in Boy Scouts Oceanography and Environmental Science. Many  programs include seine fishing in Sandy Hook Bay, and all are led by experienced instructors.

Details about these programs, including our newest Girl Scout It’s Your Planet, Love It! journeys for  Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, can be found on our website at www.njseagrant.org/education/scout-
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Programs can be reserved online at our website. You can also contact Jody Sackett, NJSGC Scout Program Coordinator, at 732-872-1300, ext. 20, or email at jsackett@njseagrant.org.

PSE&G grant allows ROV summer camp to continue to second year

December 2nd, 2014

JERSEY CITY — The Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium were awarded a $14,552 grant from the PSE&G SPARK Foundation to to continue their underwater exploration summer camp, Aquatic Adventures — Science Enrichment Workshop, for High Technology Middle School Explore 2000 students

This is the second year that Public Service Electric & Gas’s SPARK Foundations has funded the summer camp, which focuses on the development and use of remotely operated vehichles, or ROVs, in deep-sea exploartion.

The program is designed to increase the consortium’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, offerings while continuing to focus on ocean sciences, said Diana Burich, the consortium K-12 program coordinator.

Late last year, the foundation and the consortium were awarded $24,000 in grants from PSE&G and the PADI Foundation to bring underwater robotics programs to afterschool and out-of-school settings.

“We proposed to develop and implement a four-day summer camp program for students from High Technology Middle School’s Explore 2000, in Jersey City, and provide a professional development workshop for their teachers to perpetuate the underwater robotics program in Jersey City in the future,” Burich said. “All of the activities for camp were student-centered and hands-on, and encouraged the children’s natural sense of inquiry.”

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