A Synopsis of Statewide Curriculum Projects
Wonderful Teacher Resources to Enhance “Down Jersey”

Please Note: All of the “Projects” are available (at minimal charge and/or free) through attendance and participation in a four-six hour teacher training workshop. Workshops are scheduled throughout the year at various locations throughout the state. Contact the state coordinator listed for a schedule and/or any related resources that are available through their offices.

Project WILD
A supplementary, multi-disciplinary conservation education activity guide for K-12 that emphasizes wildlife and wildlife resources. Activities are designed to assist learners to progress from awareness to action regarding the environment.

Statewide Coordinator
Mimi Dunne, Wildlife Biologist
NJ Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
Pequest Trout Hatchery
RD #1, Box 389
Oxford, New Jersey 07863
Phone: (908) 637-4125 Fax: 6735

WILD School Sites/Homes for Wildlife
A specialized program that trains educators to design an outdoor classroom/natural wildlife habitat on their school property. Also offered are specific opportunities to incorporate and integrate the outdoor classroom into the curricula. A statewide recognition program and opportunities for networking are also available through the NJ Coalition for Schoolyard Habitats.

Mimi Dunne (see above)

Project Aquatic WILD
Emphasis and design are similar to Project WILD except the emphasis is on aquatic wildlife and marine resources. Many other teacher resources are available: posters, films, workshop opportunities, Marine Education Resource Directory (included in this packet).

Statewide Coordinator
Larry Sarner, Wildlife Biologist
NJ Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
Nacote Creek Marine Research Lab
P.O. Box 418
Port Republic, New Jersey 08241
Phone: (609) 748-2031 Fax: 2032

Project Learning Tree
Similar format to Project WILD (PLT actually came first) but with an emphasis on trees as a natural resource. Also available: High School modules on a variety of environmental topics, PLT resource trunks for loan to schools, in-service training opportunities.

Newsletter: Branching Out

Statewide Coordinator
Frank Gallagher, Interpretive Director
NJ Division of Parks and Forestry
CN 404
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Phone: (609) 292-2734
Fax: (609) 984-0503

Elizabeth Faircloth
Forest Resource Education Center
370 East Veterans Highway
Jackson, New Jersey 08527
Phone: (732) 883-9816 Fax: (732) 928-4925

Project WET
The newest of the series. A very comprehensive coverage of water and water-related topics in a K-12 supplementary curriculum, activity guide. Many of the activities are action-oriented and adaptable for a variety of audiences. Teacher training and workshops.

Statewide Coordinator
Tedor Whitman
The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard
Stone Harbor, New Jersey 08247
Phone: (609) 368-1211 Fax: 3871

Assistant Coordinator
Colleen Thomas
Phone: (609) 633-3855

The Wonder of Wetlands (WOW)
(Available for purchase)
A wonderful activity guide that focuses on the wetland environment. A must-use if investigating or planning a field trip to a wetland area.

Tedor Whitman / Wetlands Institute
(see above)

Bridges to the Natural World
New Jersey Audubon Society’s publication.
A Natural History Guide for teachers of Grades Pre-K through 6th Grade. Bridges to the Natural World was developed to help New Jersey teachers lead students to a better understanding of their local natural environment. The three major sections of the guide are designed to facilitate the transition from classroom or indoor teaching to an outdoor learning experience. Wonderful descriptions of 15 New Jersey habitats are included.

Many other training opportunities and resources are available through NJAS including: NJ WATERS: Watershed Approach to Teaching the Ecology of Regional Systems; NJ’s Shorebirds: A Local and Global Perspective to accompany the video The Crabs, the Birds and the Bay*; and NJ at the Crossroads of Migration (publication and video)

Statewide Coordinator
Patricia Kane, Educational Director
NJAS Headquarters
790 Ewing Avenue
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417-2271
Phone: (201) 891-1211
Fax: (201) 848-8473

Dale Rosselet, Environmental Education Coordinator
NJAS Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210
Phone: (609) 861-0700

*The film The Crabs, the Birds, the Bay is copyrighted for home use only. For public exposition and/or school use, please call Natural Art Films at (609) 898-0605.

The Songbird Connection
(Available for purchase)
The Songbird Connection offers teachers, environmentalists, nature centers and parents a way to think globally and act locally. The Songbird Connection is a global education package (K-12) that highlights the yearly migration of songbirds from the northeastern United States to the Central American tropics, and back. The package includes 16 lesson plans, a short video, posters to enhance the concepts taught, and a teacher’s guide.

Available from:
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Bamboo Brook
170 Longview Road
Far Hills, New Jersey 07931
Phone: (908) 234-1225

Also available: Charting a Course for the Delaware Bay Estuary –– A planning guide that includes data, maps, and in-depth detail about the many tributaries and creeks that drain into the Delaware Bay.

NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Environmental Planning
Kyra Hoffman
P.O. Box 418
Trenton, NJ 08625-0418
Phone: (609)292-2113
Fax: (609) 292-0687

Publications include: The Clean Water Raingers Program with booklets, activities, and an interactive CD-ROM, emphasizing pollution prevention (grades 4–6); Beneath the Shell: A Teacher’s Guide to Non-Point Source Pollution and its Potential Impact on New Jersey Shellfish (grades 1–9); Watershed Focus newsletter which covers topics such as watershed management, non-point source pollution and coastal issues, and Water Resource Protection Practices.

Watershed Partnership for New Jersey (WPNJ)
A network of watershed organizations that provides education and outreach programs throughout New Jersey. NJ Watershed Education and Resource Directory and the annual Rainstick Contest.

Colleen Thomas (609) 633-3855