The 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.

News & Events

Sea Grant Needs Your Support

April 13th, 2017

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium needs your support. The current administration has proposed budget cuts for 2017 and 2018 that would severely limit, and in some cases eliminate, hundreds of federal programs that sustain and protect the environment. These cuts include the total elimination of Sea Grant.  Please consider contacting your elected officials to tell them you oppose these cuts. Visit for more information and congressional contacts.

Undergraduate Minigrant Recipient Featured

March 20th, 2017

Anastassia Swenticky, a Georgian Court University senior, was featured in the Asbury Park Press. Her project, Evaluation of use of deep-rooted ornamental grasses as a mechanism to mitigate soil compaction, was funded by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 2016 Undergraduate Minigrant award.

Along with her faculty mentor Dr. Louise Wootton, Swenticky’s aim was to determine if the use of deep-rooted plants can be used as an alternative to heavy machinery in decreasing soil compaction. Read more about her work here.

Save the Date for Ocean Fun Days

March 15th, 2017

Ocean Fun Days are almost here! Come to Ocean Fun Days and celebrate waves of ocean discovery. Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about our coastal environment. You’ll have a great time learning the science of our shorelines and how to care for them for years to come!

A record number of exhibitors have already committed to be a part of this year’s event. Activities at both locations include seining, coastal crafts, an energy-saving scavenger hunt, youth fishing clinics, face painting, touch tanks, a student science fair competition and the NJSGC’s famous fiddler crab races.

The Sandy Hook location will also include guided tours of many of Sandy Hook’s historic sites and an open house at the NOAA/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory. A complimentary shuttle bus service will be available at both locations to take visitors to tour sites.

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Sea Grant Staff Leads Climate Change Communication Workshop at ANJEE Conference

February 22nd, 2017

Dr. Michael Schwebel presented a workshop at the 32nd Annual Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education Conference. Dr. Schwebel is the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Urban Coast Institute community resilience and climate adaptation specialist.

The workshop, titled “Communicating about climate change and its impact in New Jersey’s coastal communities” was given to formal and informal educators to gain insights on how to discuss and teach about climate change to students and program participants. The workshop focused on explaining the current and future impacts of climate change in New Jersey. Dr. Schwebel worked with participants to try climate change-related classroom activities. Feedback gathered in the session will help New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium staff plan future efforts in climate education.

View the presentation slides here.

Sea Grant Programs Highlight K To Gray Education During 50th Anniversary

February 1st, 2017

The National Sea Grant College Program has spent the last year recognizing its 50th anniversary. Each month, Sea Grant programs across the country have worked together to create content to highlight Sea Grant successes with a monthly theme.

January’s theme was “K To Gray” education. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s education program holds a wide variety of programs directed towards advancing greater understanding and stewardship of our state’s marine and coastal resources. Collectively, these programs engage a large and diverse audience of learners. Our K-12 field trip program alone provides instruction to over 20,000 school children annually, taking them out of the classroom and onto the beaches, bays, and estuaries of New Jersey for active learning experiences.

To highlight these programs, the Consortium contributed an article on everything from summer camp to underwater exploration to be featured on the National Sea Grant homepage. The Consortium is also featured in an interactive story map covering education programs across Sea Grant’s entire network of coastal and Great Lakes states.

Check out the story map and read the article below to see how Sea Grant educators work in New Jersey and across the 33 other Sea Grant programs.

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