The beginning of April finally brought several beautiful spring days to the New Jersey School of Conservation and it also brought the 5th graders from Judd Elementary School. Arriving on Wednesday April 3rd, they were greeted with warm sunshine, clear blue skies, and the awakening of Stokes State Forest wildlife.
The group from the North Brunswick area brought over 100 students to the School of Conservation this year and participated in a variety of outdoor activities including the team-building activities in the ASE’s (Action Socialization Experiences), and the confidence building challenges on the Climbing Wall and Confidence Course. Recreational activities included boating on Lake Wapalanne, new games in the corral, and archery at the archery range.
The students also enjoyed many educational sessions focusing on the environment including: black bear ecology, colonial metal-smithing, survival, beaver ecology, orienteering, fish ecology, colonial home-life, forest ecology, and water ecology. As usual, the students, parents, and teachers from Judd were fantastic and the environmental educators here at the New Jersey School of Conservation had a great time sharing in their outdoor experience during the first beautiful spring days of the year.
Karen Homeyer, who helped to coordinate this year’s trip, has been coming to the NJSOC with students for 25 years and said that this year’s trip was one of the best. She believes that the annual trip to Stokes State Forest is very important, because it “affords the students of Judd Elementary with an incredible hands-on learning experience that inspires enthusiasm towards and an appreciation of the natural world”. She looks forward to returning to the School of Conservation next year and being part of another memorable outdoor educational experience.