Salt Marsh Ecology
This program provides an opportunity for students in grades 5-12 to investigate one of the most productive natural systems along the coast – the tidal salt marsh. By participating in hands-on activities in NJSGC’s classroom and at the marsh, students will gain an in-depth understanding of estuaries and salt marshes, as well as the processes that influence them.
At the Marsh
Through discussion and instruction, your NJSGC instructor will cover the following key concepts during the outdoor portion of the program:
- Geographic orientation
- Marsh zonation and function
- Human impact on the salt marsh and estuarine environment
- The watershed concept
- Salt marsh plants and animals
- Marine food webs (producers, consumers, predator, biomagnification)
- Water quality
- Tides and currents
Students will participate in the following activities while at the salt marsh:
- Seining (boots, nets and buckets supplied by NJSGC)
- Benthic sampling (conditions permitting)
- Plankton collection: A plankton net is set out to collect a sample.
- Water quality testing (dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, and temperature)
- Marsh hike (conditions permitting)
In The Classroom
Students will participate in the following laboratory activities inside NJSGC’s Building #22 classroom:
- Marsh metaphors (salt marsh functions)
- Food webs and feeding relationships
- Fish morphology observation lab
- Plankton lab
- Salt marsh in a pan (watershed demonstration)
- Shell classification and identification
- Testing for salinity
- Foodweb Jenga
This program supports:
Next Generation Science Standards
Grades 3-5 PE:3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1,3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1 DCI: ESS2.C,E; ESS3.C; LS1.A-D LS2-A-D; LS4-B,C,D;
Middle School PE:MS-LS1-5, MS-LS-2-1, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4. DCI:ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, ESS3.D, LS1.B, LS2.A-C, LS4.C, LS4.D.
High School PE: HS-LS2-6, HS- LS2-8. DCI: LS2.A, B, C and D. ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C
Program limited to twenty-five (25) students per group. Limit of two (2) groups per day.
Fee: $325.00 per group.
Click here to fill out our field trip reservation form, or contact Education Department at (732) 872-1300, ext. 13.