Discovering Barnegat Bay

Discovering Barnegat Bay is an educational tool developed for educators to include information about the local natural ecosystem into their curriculum.

John Wnek of the MATES Academy in Manahawkin, NJ uses the terrapin turtle as an educational tool to emphasize the importance of protecting our natural resources.

John Wnek of the MATES Academy in Manahawkin, NJ uses the terrapin turtle as an educational tool to emphasize the importance of protecting our natural resources.

Discovering Barnegat Bay is an interdisciplinary guide for the historical, cultural and natural resources of the Barnegat Bay watershed.  The program was created by members of the Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Steering Committee in 2003 to provide a unique activity guide that addresses locally significant topics and resources. The Discovering Barnegat Bay curriculum guide includes:

  •  Lesson plans and activities designed specifically about the Barnegat Bay watershed.
  •  Activities that incorporate locally significant topics and issues into existing curricula.
  • Lessons that are interdisciplinary and offer opportunities in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies & Mathematics.
  • Chapters that focus on various themes: Soil, Water’s Path, Natural Wonders, People and Places, and Boundaries of our Watershed.  All are created to help make learning more meaningful for students by bringing it “closer to home.”
  • A supplemental resource for teachers that meets New Jersey State Standards.

Download these lessons from the Discovering Barnegat Bay Curriculum Guide to use with your students in your classroom or your virtual learning space:

A Little Piece of History

At Home in the Forest

Bay Life, a Barnegat Bay Seining Activity

Birds of the Seashore

Indicating Insects

Local Ship Building

Persepectives from the Past

Salt Hay

Saving Local History

Some Like it Salty

Songs to Learn By

The Bay and Its Boats

The Maritime Forest

What’s in a Name? Names from Nature

18 Agencies and Organizations partnered to bring all the collective educational resources together!

New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Sedge Island Natural Resources Education Center
Project Learning Tree- NJ Parks and Forestry
New Jersey Forest Resource Education Center
Ocean County Soil Conservation District
NJDEP- Division of Fish and Wildlife
NJDEP-Division of Watershed Management
US Fish and Wildlife Service- Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge
OCVTS-Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Services
NJ Audubon Society
NJ Museum of Agriculture
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management
Ocean County Parks Department
Natural Resource Foundation of New Jersey
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Funding provided by NJDEP (319h – Clean Water Act) and Barnegat Bay Partnership for implementation

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