Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences [Dept. of Animal Sciences]

Education and Training

Photo: Boy holding a crab.

Education at the JC NERR takes on a variety of formats. Programs are tailored to formal and non-formal educators, coastal resource managers, elected and appointed municipal officials, municipal staff, non-profits, interested community members, families and outdoor enthusiasts. The cornerstone of all education programs is the translation of scientific data into information attendees can best understand and appreciate.

Take time to explore the education and outreach opportunities offered by the JC NERR. There is something for everyone!


A suite of family, recreation, and children's programs are offered by the Reserve. These programs focus on the research, habitats, and the flora and fauna of the coastal and marine environments of New Jersey.


The Coastal Training Program provides up-to date scientific information and skill-building programs for New Jersey's coastal management community. Program formats include seminars, hands-on skill training, participatory workshops, lectures, and technology demonstrations.


A wide range of professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal educators are offered. Programs are designed to increase the knowledge and confidence for teaching habitat-based science content. Attendees enjoy inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, student- centered activities and will learn a variety of teaching strategies. Programs focus on the marine and coastal environments of New Jersey including the Pine Barrens.


Life on the Edge is a virtual walk through our estuarine system: from the headwaters of the Mullica River, through the Pinelands, into the marsh ecosystem in Great Bay and then finally out into the open ocean.


Shore Bowl is the New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania regional competition of the The National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB). The NOSB is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.


The JC NERR Coastal Repository Library has compiled a number of resources available for your reference. Please visit the Coastal Education Center in Tuckerton, NJ to view these resources, or Contact the JC NERR staff.

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