New Jersey

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 the environmental sciences, social sciences, outdoor pursuits and much more. Day trips and overnight experiences allow students to participate in field activities such as water ecology, ornithology, hiking, survival, orienteering, herpetology, fish ecology 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.
 
SCHOOL
Students will learn about how Earth systems work, and how humans impact those systems. Students have the opportunity to learn about the ecology of native wildlife species such as beaver, black bear, and white-tailed deer; including their influence on the natural landscape, and a first-hand look at wildlife activity and sites. The NJSOC offers many different academic sessions, across a variety of subjects!
 
Contact Info
Name: Lisa Mills.
Phone: 973-948-4646 ext. 32.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Environmental Science, Social Science, Outdoor Pursuits, and Humanities
Topics Covered: natural and physical sciences, history of Natural resource use, outdoor recreation, and environmental aesthetics
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-College.
Group Size: Min.10 max. 200.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 days, 2 nights.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1, 12:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: All meals included. Vegetarian, vegan and food allergies respected.
Cost: Call for pricing.
 
 
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. Team-building and confidence-building activities available.
 
Contact Info
Name: Lisa Mills.
Phone: 973-948-4646 ext. 32.
 
Supports Scout Badges In:
Topics Covered:
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-College.
Group Size: Min. 10, max. 200
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 days, 2 nights.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 10-15:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Meals available.
Cost: Call for pricing.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
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.
 
Contact Info
Name: Lisa Mills.
Phone: 973-948-4646 ext. 32.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Environmental Science, Social Science, Outdoor Pursuits, and Humanities.
Topics Covered: natural and physical sciences, history of Natural resource use, outdoor recreation, and environmental aesthetics.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-College.
Group Size: Min. 10, max. 200.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 days, 2 nights.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10-15:1
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Meals available.
Cost: Call for pricing.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

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