Judd Elementary School Visits NJSOC

The North Brunswick school makes its annual trip to the New Jersey School of Conservation.

Emily Bonder

A student gets a first hand look at the inside of a black bear trap

The Arthur M. Judd Elementary School started the month of April off with a trip to the New Jersey School of Conservation.  Judd has been coming to NJSOC for many, many years, and the tradition continued this year with another great outdoor educational experience.  The students participated in a variety of environmental education classes as well as a selection of outdoor recreation classes.  The Judd teachers are always an integral part of this educational trip, taking over some of the classes and working with their students in a different learning environment.

The first day was kicked-off with the Action Socialization Experiences. These team-building activities encourage students to communicate effectively with each other in order to solve a series of logistical challenges.  The students moved effectively through all the different challenges and improved as they proceeded through the challenges.

The next morning the Judd students broke up into their learning groups to start their environmental educational classes.  They partook in a wide variety of classes from Metalsmithing to Black Bear Ecology.   The students really enjoyed the Conservation Photography class where they learned about the basic techniques used to create interesting and unique photographs with a conservation theme.  Each student created a beautiful image to take home and share with their family and friends.

As always, the Water Ecology class was a big hit among the students.  After a brief lecture about the importance of water in our lives, the students climbed into boots before searching our stream for aquatic macro invertebrates.  Who doesn’t like looking for critters in a stream!

The Climbing Wall and Confidence Course classes are designed to show students that they can often accomplish more than they think they can.  Building confidence in individual students will help them tackle the problems they will inevitably face in the future – including those problems related to the environment.

Some students elected to try their hand at Archery where they learned the basics of how to properly use a bow and arrow before practicing at the archery range.  After the long hard winter it was nice to see the students boating around Lake Wapalanne for the first time this spring!  We thank the Judd students and their teachers for being so wonderful during their stay at the Montclair State University environmental field station.  We look forward to seeing the Judd School next year for another great visit!