Taught LIVE by experienced environmental education staff, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium offers a variety of opportunities to engage students, scouts, and learners of all ages… virtually! Please visit our “Resources for Educators” webpage to learn more.

The 2020 results are in for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s “Favorite Beaches” poll and “Jersey Shore” photo contest! (Edward O’Hara, “Early Morning Welcome,” Beach Haven).

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

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

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.

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.

The Communications department provides comprehensive services to New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and its project partners by using all possible means and mediums including, print, social media, computer/web-based technology, video, radio, and broadcast television.

News & Events

Every Kid Outdoors Program for 4th Grade

January 8th, 2021

Explore Sandy Hook from Your Classroom with the EVERY KID OUTDOORS Program – FREE to 4th Grades! 

Whether your students are in class or learning from home, we can enhance their educational experience with a fun “virtual” field trip!  For more than 30 years, school groups from New Jersey and neighboring states have enjoyed learning about coastal ecosystems with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) at Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.  NJSGC is proud to partner with the National Park Service and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy to offer FREE virtual programs to 4th grade students for Spring 2021.

As part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, 4th graders (along with their families and teachers) are encouraged to visit national parks to experience the natural wonders and cultural history that can be found there.  NJSGC headquarters has long been located at Sandy Hook, thus bringing this unique national park experience to tens of thousands of students since 1976.  Given the current circumstances, the talented educators at NJSGC have now taken these outdoor experiences and adapted them for remote learning.  Educators with 4th grade students interesting in participating in the Every Kid Outdoors program through NJSGC can choose from 2 FREE virtual programs led by NJSGC educators:

  1. Coastal Ecosystems – Based on our most popular and comprehensive field trip, Marsh & Ocean Environments, students learn about the estuaries, maritime forests, and barrier beaches found at Gateway National Recreation Area and the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Explore the importance of the plants and animals found there, and how human interactions with these environments can both positively and negatively impact them.  Discover the concepts of watersheds and marine food webs through a lively interactive and game-enhanced presentation.
  2. Terrific Terrapins – Meet New Jersey’s estuarine turtles, the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, in this fun program that teaches students why these animals are so unique and important to our coastal ecosystems. Students will participate in an interactive presentation with a LIVE Northern Diamondback Terrapin to answer questions about and discover this reptile’s adaptations, anatomy, habitat, and more. Students will also learn about the impacts humans are having on terrapin populations, and what some local groups and scientists are doing to help protect this charming turtle.

All programs support New Jersey Learning Standards and can be modified for learning abilities.  To encourage interaction amongst participants, each program is 45-60 minutes and accommodates 1 class of up to 25 students.

Participation in NJSGC’s Every Kid Outdoors program requires that 4th grade educators complete the following requirements with their students:

  1. Complete a pre-program “Web Quest” to familiarize students with program concepts;
  2. Participate in a virtual NJSGC-instructor led program; and
  3. Provide NJSGC with your completed program feedback form

Contact the Education Department at reservations@njseagrant.org for further information.

The Every Kid Outdoors initiative is made possible by a generous contribution from the National Park Foundation.  Learn about the education efforts of our partners, the National Park Service and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Support the Consortium

December 16th, 2020

The New Year is just around the corner. Can we count on you to support our mission to care for New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment?


In 2019-2020, contributions from donors like you allowed us to:

  • Continue supporting marine, coastal, and social science research to help further promote and enhance healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries/aquaculture, resilience communities/economies, and environmental literacy/workforce development throughout the Garden State.
  • Provide direct instruction to nearly 20,000 schoolchildren from over 30 different legislative districts throughout NJ on a broad range of environmental topics through our diverse, interactive education programs.
  • Host major public outreach events, including: Ocean Fun DaysState of the Shore, NJSGC’s annual Favorite Beaches poll/ceremony, and our revamped “Jersey Shore” photo contest.
  • Disperse nearly 65,000 NJ Fish and Wildlife marine recreational fishing regulation cards to and posters to over 260 marinas throughout the State, from over 24 different legislative districts. Of these, more than 100 have operating pumpout stations (including nine pumpout boats) thanks to NJSGC’s involvement with the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program.
  • Accept four graduate students from prestigious institutions throughout NJ into the highly-competitive John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellowship program.

And while combating the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium continues developing several outstanding programs and projects, including:

  • Virtual education initiatives appropriate for grades K-12. Taught by experienced environmental education staff, these lively presentations, demonstrations, experiments, and games encourage student interaction on topics designed to excite while meeting educator’s curricular needs, scout leader’s requirements, and/or families’ interests.
  • A new COVID-19 rapid response opportunity (led by NJSGC’s Aquaculture Program Coordinator Lisa Calvo) that helps support oyster farmers, promote habitat restoration, and advocate local seafood sales.
  • For the first time in 17 years, NJSGC and its partners hosted a virtual Ocean Fun Days event. Online video presentations, teacher/parent resources, and other printout activities from over 25 exhibitors provided eco-friendly fun focused on ocean discovery, coastal stewardship, and energy conservation.
  • In partnership with New York Sea Grant, NJSGC created a BEach SAFEly campaign to remind beachgoers to stay safe while still having fun at the Jersey Shore (and beyond).
  • And more to come in 2021!

Despite such trying times, we hope you choose to help so that we can continue our mission to promote the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education, and outreach. To make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to NJSGC for 2020, please click HERE.

If you prefer to mail your gift, kindly address your contribution to:

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
22 Magruder Road
Fort Hancock, NJ 07732

“Knauss 101” Zoom Session

December 15th, 2020

NJSGC will host an informational “Knauss 101” Zoom meeting with Acting Director Dr. Peter Rowe on Wednesday, January 6th at 10 a.m. Please contact our Communications Specialist for more information on how to join the session.

For more information on the fellowship, please visit our website.

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Opportunity Now Open

November 30th, 2020

From the Sea Grant National Office / Since 1990, Sea Grant’s joint fellowship program with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has helped strengthen collaborative efforts and further fulfill broad educational responsibilities. The two opportunities – Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics – have been combined into one NOFO for 2021. Separate review panels will still be held; therefore, all applicants must indicate their concentration – either Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (PED) or Marine Resource Economics (MRE) – on their cover sheet.  The request for federal funding has been increased to $53,000 per year for up to three years. Please click HERE for the full instructions package, or view the official announcement for more information.

This combined Federal Funding Opportunity can also be accessed on Grants.gov.

The primary goals of this program are:

– To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics.

– To increase available expertise related to these fields.

– To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries.

– To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

And for more information on all current fellowships, please visit the NJSGC website.

Applications submitted to NJSGC must be received by 5pm on January 26, 2021. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe with any questions or concerns.

Knauss Fellowship Opportunity Now Open!

November 3rd, 2020


The notice of federal funding opportunity for the 2022 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is now open. The fellowship provides a one-year, paid experience for highly-qualified early career professionals to work on issues related to coastal, marine and Great Lakes science and policy in offices within the executive or legislative branch of government in Washington, D.C.

Graduate students interested in marine science policy should explore the information about the fellowship as soon as possible and talk to their local Sea Grant program (or the National Sea Grant Office) at least one month prior to the February 19, 2021 deadline.To be eligible for the 2022 fellowship (which lasts February 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023):

  • A student must be enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2020 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 19, 2021;
  • The student’s graduate degree program must be through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories;
  • Students are eligible regardless of nationality; domestic and international students at accredited U.S. institutions may apply; and
  • Applicants must have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Please share this opportunity with colleagues, friends and potential applicants!

Learn more about becoming a Knauss Fellow

Read the official opportunity on grants.gov


Photo: The 2020 Knauss fellows pose at the end of their Placement Week (Fall 2019)

Get to know NJSGC’s 2021 Knauss Fellow, Arye Janoff.

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