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Pre-Term Experience at Barnegat Bay

All freshmen enrolling in Drexel’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) are encouraged to participate in this unique, hands-on experience before the start of the Fall Quarter. Students will meet the accomplished professors of the department and learn cutting-edge field methods that will serve them throughout their courses.

This pre-term field excursion, also known as the Fall Field Experience (FFE), takes place at Barnegat Bay Field Station is located in Waretown, New Jersey. The facility is owned by the NJDEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, and is managed by the non-profit, Natural Resource Education Foundation of NJ. The field station is situated on 194 acres of land and 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 the variety of coastal, marsh and terrestrial habitats.


Day One:

  • Students arrive at Drexel, check in to dorms and store any personal belongings they will not need during the field excursion.
  • Brunch for parents, students and staff
  • Head to Waretown for brief orientation and move in
  • Afternoon sampling and hiking
  • Dinner followed by night lab

Day Two:

  • Canoe trip, weather permitting
  • Algae lab, plant lab, night hike, terrapin talk

Day Three:

  • Small group field trips including: 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.
  • Pack up and head back to Drexel


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