"Meet Us in the Wild" Field Programs

Our “Meet Us in the Wild” Field Programs take you and your group on an exciting educational outdoor adventure to one of New Jersey’s wild ecosystems. Designed for scout groups, but open to anyone, “Meet Us in the Wild” Field Programs run approximately 2 hours, with additional time set aside for lunch (not provided). These programs are tide and weather dependent, so advance booking is necessary and transportation to the field sites is not provided. Recommended for groups of up to 15 participants ranging from 8 years old to high school. Activities are chosen or altered to be age-appropriate

$225 per trip or please call for pricing for groups larger than 15. Contact scouts@aquaticsciences.org or Pre-Register below.

Pinelands Field Program

Let us lead your group through the heart of NJ’s “pine barrens” ecosystem. Far from barren, the pinelands are home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, including carnivorous plants, wild orchids, fish, frogs, snakes and birds, many of which are found nowhere else. During your adventure near Chatsworth, NJ, participants will hike through forests, examine streams and bogs, identify rare plants and animals, test soils, measure trees and examine the tea-colored waterways. Topics include soil and water chemistry, forestry, animal identification and pineland ecology. Fun for all!

Salt Marsh Field Program

Not for the weak of heart, this muddy experience takes a closer look at life between the tides. During low tide, participants will wade in creek beds to collect fish, sink in the mud to chase crabs, and experience one of New Jersey's most important ecosystems in a way very few people get to. The salt marsh site is located just outside Salem, NJ. Topics include salt marsh ecology, migration, native vs. invasive species, threats to the salt marsh, and marsh conservation. Note: a "dry" version of this trip is also available during the colder months of the year or for groups desiring a less rigorous experience

Beach Field Program

Fun in the sun with a little science. We’ll lead your group along a sandy beach while looking for signs of life and taking samples. Participants will measure water quality, wade in the water to turn over rocks in search of tiny creatures, use specialized collecting nets to sample for fish life, observe shore birds and enjoy the sun. The beach site is located just outside of Ocean City, NJ. Topics include oceanography, fish and bird identification, invertebrate biology, food webs, and beach ecology.

Pre-Register Now