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« on: January 19, 2012, 09:23:20 PM »

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ will conduct two 1-week residential summer sessions for motivated students to explore New Jersey's salt marsh environment at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center in 2012. Session one will be held June 28-July 2, 2012 and the second session will be held July 30-August 3, 2012. Each session is open to students entering grades 7 to 9 in the fall 2012 school year.

Students will stay at the "Sedge House," which is a renovated duck-hunting lodge located in Barnegat Bay in New Jersey's only Marine Conservation Zone. Using the house as their "home base," they will use kayaks and a variety of gear and scientific equipment to study the bay's ecosystem under the guidance of Fish and Wildlife and Conserve Wildlife Foundation biologists.

The shallow water surrounding Sedge Island serves as a nursery for abundant marine life including invertebrates, blue claw crabs, hard clams, and fish. The island also provides nesting and resting sites for many species of birds, and is located within the Atlantic Flyway ensuring exciting birding year-round. Students will see and examine much of this wildlife, as they literally immerse themselves in their environment.

Students will also learn about sustainability, stewardship and the history of the region during their field experience by participating in traditional Barnegat Bay activities such as fishing, crabbing and clamming. Living this conservation lifestyle provides a unique perspective and understanding of NJ's natural resources and issues affecting the bay.

The cost is $425 and includes all meals, equipment and instruction. Space is limited and applicants will go through a competitive application process. Applications are due by March 31.

Interested parents and students are encouraged to learn more by attending an Open House to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 at the Island Beach State Park Interpretive Center in Seaside Park, NJ. This is a great opportunity to meet the instructors and ask any questions you may have.

For more information about the Sedge Island Summer Field Experience and how to apply visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge.htm  or contact Karen Leskie at 609-748-4347 or [email protected] .
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012, 09:17:04 AM »

If i was a kid attending I would make sure to have my 10 topless traps bungied to my kayak w/ some fresh bait and a bushel. This is a great opportunity for kids.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012, 10:13:45 AM »

If i was a kid attending I would make sure to have my 10 topless traps bungied to my kayak w/ some fresh bait and a bushel. This is a great opportunity for kids.

HAHAHA  laugh laugh laugh


Thanks for the info Ron, from what I read it is a great program. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2012, 10:25:43 AM »

I wonder if they would believe that I'm a gonna be a freshman in highschool next year?? I would have loved to do this when I was a kid!!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2012, 02:32:54 PM »

If i was a kid attending I would make sure to have my 10 topless traps bungied to my kayak w/ some fresh bait and a bushel. This is a great opportunity for kids.

You're a short guy who is clean shaven.    You just might be able to pass for a 9th grader...    laugh laugh

Any kids at the school you work at candidates for this?   
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2012, 04:05:38 PM »

I have kayaked past the Sedge House dozens of times and always wondered what exactly it was used for.  It is nice to know it is being put to good use.
 
I absolutely love the fact that in this day and age there is a "competitive application process" for 12-14 year-olds to attend the session.  That means there are more applicants than available slots.  There is hope for today's youths!

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2012, 06:39:41 PM »


   i have  seen  them  at times  when  im in that area crabbin-  there  are several other sessions for  teachers
   and  older  teens  all summer   -  the hensler house   was  a very  famous  gun club  at  one time -
   john hensler owned  a brewery  in newark  nj    and gunned the island on a regular  basis -  many  famous  people  were  guests  there    if  you can get a copy THE GREAT SEDGES  BY  P MILLER
    there is  a chapter  about  those   days
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      see ya  down  the  bay  (  barnegat ) 
   
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2012, 10:47:03 AM »

Moose approved, Moose recommended!!!!   2thumbsup

Thanks to Ronster's notification my daughter and her friend (both 12 yrs old) attended last year.  They both loved it.  They took care of and tagged turtles (the orange antenna on the turtles back, last photo), fished, used a seine net to catch blowfish, flounder, crabs and all types of critters.  My daughter got to pet a baby osprey when the conservation officer was there checking nests!

They have a parent's day on the last day and it was amazing to see how much had been learned in so little time.  The instructors only guide the events that day.  The kids do all the presentations on what they learned.  They learned so much it is difficult to describe.

The program is not cheap, but I highly recommend it.  It is one of those experiences that will stick with your child for life and make them a better person.  Have your child fill out the request form for scholarship.  My daughter and her friend both received one for half off the tuition.  It's worth a shot.

Below is a shot of my daughter getting ready to throw a cast net and some critters they caught during the week.  All critters are returned to the water.  And yes, you can arrive via your own boat.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2012, 10:54:02 AM »

Sedge House and friend with turtle.
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2012, 11:52:56 AM »

Great photos.   On a side note, Thank God your daughter takes after your wife.
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2012, 02:03:06 PM »

Thank God your daughter takes after your wife.

 laugh laugh  Ain't it the truth! 
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