Jersey City Joint Activities Program Continues at NJSOC

As spring gets into full swing, the JCJA's program enjoys another visit to the New Jersey School of Conservation

George Johnson

NJSOC Environmental Educator, Walt Myers, helps students process a new catch during Fish Ecology

“Wow… Is that real?”  “What is that?”  “Is it dead?”  These were only some of the questions asked when students from the Jersey City Joint Activities program first gazed upon the preserved specimen of a lamprey (primitive jawless fish) here at MSU’s New Jersey School of Conservation.  Tom Black, the coordinator for JCJA, runs these trips throughout the year and has already made the trip numerous times with past groups. Our staff always enjoys the students that JCJA brings to the NJSOC.  When they step off the bus into a whole new world surrounded by trees, they become wide-eyed and filled with excitement. 

During Water Ecology the students put on boots and looked for aquatic macro-invertebrates in the mountain stream that runs through the campus.  They were eager to learn the names of the insects that they captured while sloshing through the pristine water.

At the Climbing Wall, the students gave it their all when confronted with the challenge of reaching the top of the 20-foot structure.  Success in this activity is not measured by how high individuals climb, but rather by how hard they try.  We’re happy to report that all the JCJA students were successful!

Fish Ecology engages all the students in a research project that is designed to survey the different species of fish in Lake Wapalanne.  The students survey the fish population using traditional rod and reel methods.  They waited patiently for the fish to be attracted to their bait, and when they caught one they jumped for joy!

Enthusiasm among the students was infectious and made their lessons all the more enjoyable for everyone involved – teachers and students alike.  We look forward to many more memorable visits from the JCJA program.