Photo of student wearing waders in river and holding large fishing net.

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, 973-655-4646, fax, 973-948-5131 or email,

Clothing and Equipment List

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).  View our recommended clothing and equipment list here: What to Pack for Your Trip.

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.

Trading Post

The trading post has a variety of items that allow students and teachers to bring home a memory of their time at the NJSOC.  The trading price list can be found here: Trading Post Prices

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.