Christine Raabe, Director of the Ocean County Soil Conservation District teaches children about the importance of soil at the Annual Trout in the Classroom day.

Educational Programs

Terry O'Leary and McDuffy Barrow leading a group of educators through a trail at the 14th Annual Environmental Educators Roundtable

Terry O’Leary and McDuffy Barrow leading a group of educators through a trail at the 14th Annual Environmental Educators Roundtable

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.

Celebrating the “International Year of Soils”!

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization has declared 2015 the “International Year of Soils”. Healthy soil is at the root of all life. It provides us with the food we eat, the fibers that make our clothing, and the fuel that runs our economy. It cleans our water and sequesters carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere. The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is dedicated to promoting awareness of this finite resource. Join us for an educational and fun hands-on program as we explore the many roles of healthy soil in our lives. A new topic will be explored each month. Programs are located at Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration requested. Contact Becky Laboy at Educationatsoildistrictdotorg or call 609-971-7002 ext. 21 for more details.

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.

Educational Resource Guide.

“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.

NJ Association of Conservation Districts Memorial Conservation Scholarship Announcement for 2014:

Please find the 2014 application form for the Memorial Conservation Scholarship Program sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts by Downloading Application “here”.

Educational Resources:

Check out our Educational Resources Page for links to websites that are both fun and educational.

 

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Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002