Pre-Term Experience for All Majors

Barnegat BayFreshmen enrolling in Drexel’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) will enjoy a unique, hands-on experience just before the start of the fall term. In this field adventure, students will meet the accomplished professors of the department and learn cutting-edge field methods


The Barnegat Bay Field Station (BBFS) is located at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Ocean Township, New Jersey. The facility is owned by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and is situated on 194 acres of land. The site offers a wide range of habitats including a maritime forest, salt marsh, tidal streams and a freshwater pond.


BEES faculty and staff will lead a series of field trips to explore a variety of coastal, marsh and terrestrial habitats.

Check out a sample schedule below:

Day One:
  • Students arrive at Drexel, check in to dorms and store any personal belongings they will not need at BBFS
Day Two:
  • Students who did not check yesterday will arrive at Drexel early in the morning, check in to dorms and store their personal belongings
  • Brief orientation at 11:00AM in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (NE corner of 33rd & Chestnut Streets)
  • Bus trip to BBFS, check in, move into rooms, lunch and afternoon field trip
Days 3-5:
  • Canoe trip, weather permitting.
  • Daily small group field trips to explore diverse habitats in Barnegat Bay and the Pine Barrens. Field trip destinations include water and sediment sampling in Barnegat Bay, plant and animal identification in the Pine Barrens, tidal and non-tidal exploration in the wetland areas, fish seining along the shoreline of the bay and much more.
  • Saturday evening cookout at BBFS; all BEES faculty and staff to join in for Meet and Greet
Day 6:
  • Leave BBFS around 11:00AM and return to Drexel

There is no extra cost for this experience and space is limited. Sign up early!