New Jersey School of Conservation

 
Located on 240 acres of Stokes State Forest, Montclair State University’s New Jersey School of Conservation offers student, scout, and homeschool groups a place to learn about environmental studies, social science, and more. Day trips and overnight experiences allow students to participate in field activities such as hiking, questing, papermaking, climbing, nature writing, and canoeing on Lake Wapalanne. Special activities in the winter include curling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ski touring, and ice skating. Sessions are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 1 Wapalanne Road, Branchville, NJ 07826. Sussex County. 
 
Tel: 973-948-4646. 
 
 
 
Hrs: Vary. 
 
SCHOOLS
Through hands-on field activities and sessions at the New Jersey School of Conservation, students will learn about how Earth systems work and how humans impact those systems. From Water Ecology to Metal-smithing the NJSOC offers many different academic sessions. See a list of all the sessions available to visitors
 
Contact Info
Contact: Lisa Mills, 973-948-4646 ext. 32, millsl@mail.montclair.edu
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-College. 
 
Group Size: 10-200.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 days-2 nights. 
 
Cost: Fee.  
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: Earth science, sustainability, conservation, ecology, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, zoology, ichthyology, biology, watersheds, sugaring, Native Americans, colonial America, pioneers, art, team building, confidence-building.
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can work on Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, Hiking, and Canoeing badges at the New Jersey School of Conservation. Wilderness Education sessions focus on teaching map skills, how to use a compass, and basic survival concepts. Hiking activities will introduce scouts to emergency preparedness, natural history, and more. While canoeing on Lake Wapalanne, scouts will learn fundamental paddling concepts and techniques. Learn more about Wilderness Education
 
Contact Info
Contact: Lisa Mills, 973-948-4646 ext. 32, millsl@mail.montclair.edu
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-College. 
 
Group Size: 10-200.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 days-2 nights. 
 
Cost: Fee.  
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Environmental Science.
Topics Covered: Wilderness survival, orienteering, nature, boating, earth science, sustainability, conservation, ecology, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, zoology, ichthyology, biology, watersheds, sugaring.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Field activities and sessions at the New Jersey School of Conservation, will teach homeschool groups about how Earth systems work and how humans impact those systems. Environmental science activities include examining black bear skulls, observing wildlife, assessing biodiversity, and taking interpretive hikes. Homeschoolers will also learn about the environment in relation to topics in social studies while using primitive woodworking tools to make wooden artifacts and examining Native American maple sugaring methods. Day trips can be customized to fit your homeschool curriculum and budget. Learn more about activities and sessions.
 
Contact Info
Contact: Lisa Mills, 973-948-4646 ext. 32, millsl@mail.montclair.edu
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-College. 
 
Group Size: 10-200.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 days-2 nights. 
 
Cost: Fee.  
 
Topics Covered: Earth science, sustainability, conservation, ecology, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, zoology, ichthyology, biology, watersheds, sugaring, Native Americans, colonial America, pioneers, art.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

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