During weeks 5 & 7* of the Young Stewards Program, campers will discover barrier island ecosystems by studying shore birds, collecting marine organisms, and hiking a maritime forest. This week is designed to give campers hands-on opportunities to investigate our coastal heritage and understand the importance of protecting this valuable natural resource. In addition to off-farm trips, Monday and Friday will be spent on the farm exploring Fernbrook and making connections with the natural world.
In the past we have:
- Toured a tidal marsh in kayaks with the Nature Center of Cape May.
- Studied the ecology of Sandy Hook Bay with a Monmouth County Park Naturalist.
- Caught crabs at Berkley Township County Park and returned to Fernbrook to cook up our catch.
- Explored Cattus Island State Park.
- Searched for birds at Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge.
- Visited the NJ Museum of Maritime History.
- Seined and explored Sandy Hook Bay with the Marine Science Consortium.