Lenape and the Jersey Shore

This full-day outdoor program provides a “hands-on” introduction to the historic coastal lifestyle of New Jersey’s natives, the Lenape people. It is suitable for students in grades 2-6.

The program involves students in problem solving and teamwork, through an exploration of Sandy Hook’s marine environment from the perspective of the native people who once camped there in summertime. By focusing on coastal community life, students will gain insight into the Lenape lifestyle, organization and traditions.

Through discussion and instruction, your NJSGC Instructor will cover the following key concepts during the Lenape and The Jersey Shore program:

  • History of the Lenape People
  • Geographic orientation
  • Language and lore
  • Food and tools
  • Gender roles

Students will participate in some or all of the following activities:

  • Traditional fishing techniques (boots, nets and buckets supplied by NJSGC)
  • Plant and animal identification
  • Food preparation (mortar and pestle demonstration and activity)
  • Fire by friction activity
  • Cord braiding necklace craft
  • Clam shell drilling activity
  • Hunting techniques
  • Fishing using a weir
  • Hoop and spear game
  • Firewood game

This program supports NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards: 3. 1A-C,G, 3.3A-C, 3.4A-B, 4.1C, 4.2A, 4.4A, 5.1A-B, 5.1D, 5.3.2A.1, 5.3.4.A.1, 5.3B-C, 6.1.4.D.1, 6.1.4.D.10, 6.1.4.D13, 6.1.4.D15, 6.1.4.D20, 6.1.8.A.1.a, 6.1.8.B.1.b, 6.1.8.d.1.a, 6.1.8.B.2.b, 6.1.12.D.2.a, 6.2.8.A.1a, 6.2.8.D.1c

Program limited to twenty-five (25) students per group. Limit of two (2) groups per day.
Fee: $475.00 per group.

For more information contact the Education Department at [email protected] or by phone at (732) 872-1300, ext. 13. Fill out our program reservation request form HERE!