For Parents

The residential educational experience at Montclair State University's School of Conservation is a memorable adventure where people of all ages come together to learn about the environment and share in the joys of communing with nature.

Whether you are sending your child on a trip to the School of Conservation or coming along as a chaperone, we want to make sure everyone is prepared for their overnight stay. Please view the following information to prepare yourself and/or your child for the residential environmental experience.

If you are planning on coming on the trip, please read over the Chaperone Responsibilities document.

What will the students be doing?
Your school has chosen a variety of academic sessions from our list of offerings. Please consult your school for the specific sessions they have chosen.

View the NJ School of Conservation Campus Map.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone, 973-948-4646, fax, 973-948-5131 or email,

Clothing and Equipment List

Necessary ItemsWinter Clothing
Sleeping Bag or 3 blankets and bed linens Sorel type boots (insulated)
Pillow Wool Socks (2 extra pairs)
Pajamas or other sleeping attire Warm gloves or mittens (2 pairs)
Slippers or Flip-Flops Heavy coat (insulated ski parka)
Underwear (several) Wool sweater
Socks (4 pairs) Wool ski hat (must cover ears)
Shoes (2 pairs - 1 for hiking) Long underwear
Pants or jeans (2 pairs)  
Shorts (1 pair) Rain Gear
Shirts or blouses (2) Raincoat or poncho
Sweater and/or sweatshirt Rain hat
Jacket, hat, gloves Waterproof boots
Clipboard or notebook Rain chaps or pants
2 pencils  
Flashlight Not Allowed
Bath towel Radios, CD/MP3 players, Handheld games
Wash cloth Knives
Toothbrush and toothpaste Candy, gum, or other edibles
Soap and shampoo Hair dryer (except in winter)
Comb, brush, etc Fireworks
Laundry Bag Matches
Water bottle Pets

Comfortable and practical clothes are recommended. One of the most important articles of clothing are shoes and they should be sturdy enough to withstand the rocky ground which covers much of the campus. If you are coming during the winter, warm boots are a must (we recommend “Sorel” type boots).

Students should leave jewelry, radios and other expensive items at home. Name-tags are recommended for all personal belongings. The New Jersey School of Conservation is not responsible for lost articles.

The preceding list should prove to be helpful when packing for a three-day stay at NJSOC. Students staying four or five days should make the necessary adjustments in quantities. All sleeping quarters are heated.

Print Checklist

Trading Post Price List

ProductPrice ($)
Aluminum Water Bottle 5.00
Caps and Hats 6.00 - 8.00
Carabineer key holder 2.00
Disposable Camera 10.00
Flashlight (batteries included) 5.00
Gem collection (tumbled stones) 4.00
Magnet 2.00
Magnifier Box 2.00
NJSOC Pennant 3.00
NJSOC Stuffed Bear wearing a T-Shirt 10.00
Post Cards and Greeting Cards 1.00 - 2.00
Rainbow Bridge Patch 3.00
Silva Compass 14.00
Travel Toothbrush 1.00
Various Books and Guides 5.95 - 40.00
Various Novelty Pencils 1.00 - 4.00
Various Pens 1.00 - 3.00
Various Sweatshirts (adult sizes) 16.00 - 35.00
Various T-Shirts (adult and child sizes) 10.00 - 15.00

Our stock is continually changing. Not all items are on this list, and we may be out of some items that are listed. We do not accept credit/debit cards or checks at this time.