The Ocean County Soil Conservation District offers a variety of educational programs, for students as well as educators and professionals all throughout the Barnegat Bay Watershed.
The Soil District, along with various partners, has successfully accomplished the designing, planting, and implementing over twenty-five different Outdoor Classrooms at schools throughout the Barnegat Bay Watershed. These rain gardens give students and teachers the opportunity to have a change from the norm and get outside to learn about the environment in hands-on, exciting new ways.
Each year, the Ocean County Soil Conservation teams up with the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education to host the Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable. This event is designed for educators throughout the watershed to come and participate in various workshops, enhancing their knowledge and resources for teaching the environment in the classroom. This event has become extremely popular since its inception in 1997, and helped to promote environmental stewardship to not only educators but the students they teach each year.
Educational Resource Guide
This comprehensive booklet was created originally by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District as a one-stop guide for all educational resources related to Barnegat Bay watershed education. What began as a simple directory has grown into a compendium of resources and organizations offering numerous programs, publications, field trips, and watershed information that educators can incorporate into their lessons and activities.
“S.O.S. Sustainable Opportunities through Soil”
In 2012 the Ocean County Soil Conservation District partnered with the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts and the Barnegat Bay Partnership to organize the Soil Health Conference: ”Sustainable Opportunities through Soil” hosted at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. The main goals of this conference were to raise awareness of the importance of healthy soil in infrastructure as well as ignite conversation between a wide variety of professionals, ranging from lawn care specialists, to professors, to life-long soil scientists. The conference was an enormous success. Please find more information about the 2012 Soil Health Conference here.