Marsh and Ocean Environments

This full-day, outdoor program is suitable for students from pre K-12. It is recommended for large groups (over 50) and provides an introduction to the salt marsh and barrier beach environment. The program is divided into two parts: a salt marsh exploration and a beach hike. Students will become involved in hands-on learning activities at both sites.

At the Marsh

Through discussion and instruction, your NJSGC Instructor will cover the following key concepts during the salt marsh portion of the program:

  • Geographic orientation
  • Structure, function and importance of an estuary
  • Structure, function and importance of a salt marsh (habitat)
  • Human impact on the bay and marsh environment
  • An overview of native salt marsh plants and animals (adaptation)
  • An introduction to the watershed concept
  • Marine food webs (producer, consumer, predator)

Students will participate in the following activities while at the salt marsh:

  • Seining (boots, nets and buckets supplied by NJSGC)
  • Salt marsh orientation
  • Plant identification walk (conditions permitting)
  • Benthic sampling (conditions permitting)
  • Optional activity (require advance notice and are subject to time constraints) Water quality testing, Plankton sampling/identification or Food web simulation.

At the Ocean

Through discussion and instruction, your NJSGC Instructor will cover the following key concepts during the barrier beach portion of the program:

  • Geographic orientation
  • Formation, structure, function and importance of the barrier beach
  • Beach processes (waves, currents, tides)
  • Zones of the beach (dunes, backshore, foreshore, nearshore)
  • Human use and impact on barrier beach environment (erosion, replenishment)
  • An overview of barrier plants and animals
  • Identification of seashells and other shoreline “finds” (bivalves, univalves, crustaceans)

Students will participate in the following activities while at the beach:

  • Shell collecting and identification
  • Beach hike
  • Optional activity (requires advance notice and is subject to time constraints) Beach profiling,  Longshore current measurement or Sand sampling.

An overview of the history of Sandy Hook is integrated throughout the program.

This program supports:
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
Science  5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10
Social Studies 6.3, 6.9

Next Generation Science Standards
Grades K-2  PE:K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1. DCI: ESS2A,C,E; ESS3.A,C; LS1.A-D; LS2.A; LS3A, B; LS4.D
Grades 3-5  PE:3-LS2-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-ESS3-1, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1. DCI:ESS2.A,C,E; ESS3.A,C; LS1.A-D; LS2.A,C,D; LS3.A,B; LS4.B,C,D
Middle School  PE:MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-2, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-1.  DCI: ESS2.C, ESS3.A, C; LS1.B, LS2.A,D; LS4.D.
High School  PE:HS-LS2-6, HS- LS2-8.  DCI:LS4.C, D. ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C

Program limited to thirty (30) students per group. Multiple groups accommodated daily.
Fee: $225.00 per group.

Click here to fill out our field trip reservation form, or contact Education Department at (732) 872-1300, ext. 13.