Programs Full, Enrollment Closed for Individual Boy Scout Oceanography & Individual Boy Scout Environmental Science (Spring 2017)

April 26th, 2017

The two NJSGC Boy Scout Individual Merit Badge courses — Environmental Science and Oceanography — are full and enrollment is now closed.

Both courses will be offered again in early fall.  Dates will be announced in late summer, and notifications will be included on our website and also emailed to our Scouts contact list.  

If you would like to be included on this list and receive announcements about our Scout programs, please email our Communications Specialist Danica Bellini at

Please find additional information about all NJSGC Scout programs here

For questions about the programs or the waiting list, please email Scout Program Coordinator Jody Sackett or call at 732-872-1300 x20.

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.

Learn more this annual event at


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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Rain Garden Installed at Ocean Township High School

January 17th, 2017

Michelle Hartmann, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s water resources specialist (also of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program) has been hard at work this year installing more than 25 green infrastructure projects this fall alone. Most recently, helped NJSGC funded the installation of an 800-square-foot rain garden at Ocean Township High School. Michelle completed this project in partnership with the Whalepond Brook Watershed Association with the assistance of students in the Ocean Township High School Environmental Science club.

Funding for the additional green infrastructure projects was provided by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, State of NJ Department of Environmental ProtectionNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Camden County Municipal Utility Authority, William Penn Foundation, and others.

Read more in the latest Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program newsletter.

Living Shorelines in Hong Kong

January 17th, 2017

This originally appeared in the Holiday 2016 edition of Coastodian.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium coastal processes specialist Dr. Jon Miller was an invited speaker at the International Workshop on Eco-shorelines Designs for Sustainable Coastal Development.

“It was an amazing opportunity to visit a very unique country and discuss some of the great things we’re doing in New York and New Jersey in the field of living shorelines,” he notes.

Dr. Miller, also a research associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, delivered a keynote address titled “Living Shorelines in Urban Environments.”

“Equally enlightening from my point of view was learning about Hong Kong’s philosophy on land reclamation and their desire to implement innovative shoreline stabilization approaches that help preserve/restore the marine environment,” Dr. Miller adds.

Extension Agent Named ASPBA Rising Star

January 7th, 2017

Dr. Amy Williams was awarded the Rising Star Award at the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Conference. The Rising Star Award is given periodically to honor an individual ASBPA member who has gone above and beyond for the organization.

Dr. Williams, NJSGC coastal ecosystems extension agent, started participating with ASBPA as she worked on her master’s degree from Texas A&M in 2007. She credits a connection created at an ASBPA networking event in 2014 for her current position at Stevens Institute of Technology.

“Through participation in the ASBPA Coastal Conferences and D.C. Summits, I have gotten to experience so many aspects of coastal work that I would never have received in the classroom,” she notes. “ASBPA has a diverse group of members that have shown me how much collaboration is needed for coastal projects, such as engineers, geologists, biologists and political entities.”

Dr. Williams was awarded for her efforts to engage students and young professionals through social media. She was also recognized for her own time volunteering as well as organizing other volunteers for ASBPA events. She has also worked on the steering committee to for the ASBPA’s 90th Anniversary Coastal Conference in Long Branch, N.J. where she organized an ASBPA field trip to New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium headquarters at Sandy Hook.

“I look forward to continuing my work with ASBPA so I can further interact with professionals in my field and help students and new professionals get more involved,” she adds.