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Tentative Schedule

Students and professor examining a specimen

Day 1

  • Students arrive at Barnegat, check into dorms and store personal belongings.

Day 2

  • Morning orientation and safety lecture
  • Team-building canoe trip on a blackwater river. The group will travel with plant and animal ecologists to explore the habitats in the unique Pine Barrens of New Jersey.
  • Nighttime bug collection

Day 3 (Alternating Team Groups)

  • Morning orientation and lecture
  • Plant and animal identification in the Pine Barrens
  • Freshwater and tidal marsh exploration and walkabout
  • Hands-on Lesson: "Diatoms are Dynamic"
  • Lecture: "Collections Made Perfect"
Student with net in the ocean

Day 4 (Group Trip)

  • Morning lecture
  • To the beach! Students will work a little and relax a lot. Activities include: beach profiling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; an examination of currents, waves, dunes and shells; and some relaxing, swimming and surfing.

Day 5 (Alternating Team Groups)

  • Morning lecture
  • Fish seining along the shoreline of Barnegat Bay
  • Sampling the marine environment on a research vessel
  • Laboratory analysis

Day 5 (Group Trip)

  • Morning lecture
  • Paleontological dig at Inversand Mine in Mantua, New Jersey
  • Fossil preparation

Day 6

  • Bug collection and preservation
  • Clean up and lunch for students, parents, faculty and staff