$750 per week or $1000 for both weeks (food and accommodation included)
The Herpetology Workshop at the NJ School of Conservation will combine classroom instruction and fieldwork in order to introduce participants to the biology, habitats, natural history, conservation and management of reptiles and amphibians native to northwestern New Jersey. Participants will help collect vital data on local herpetofauna that are the subject of numerous research projects at Montclair State University. Some of these projects include a statewide survey for two amphibian diseases, chytridiomycosis and Ranavirus, a demographic study of the turtles in Lake Wapalanne, and a local survey of snake abundance and diversity.
$530 per week or $800 for both weeks (food and accommodation included)
This workshop will consist of classroom lectures, lab activities and fieldwork. We will discuss how to approach a crime scene, how to collect data and evidence, and how to preserve and analyze that evidence. Students will learn about the life cycle behavior of insects that feed on carcasses or that are attracted to them and about the process of insect colonization of a dead body. Fieldwork will consist of observing carcasses in different stages of decomposition to understand what might have happened after death, collecting insect and other types of evidence from carcasses and from staged “crime scenes” and learning some photographic techniques to document a crime scene. In the lab, students will observe and identify the insects collected from the crime scenes, they will learn how to make their own microscope slides with their evidence, and they will also have the opportunity to grow insects collected from the scene for identification. Besides learning about forensics, participants will also be able to enjoy activities such as boating, archery, a climbing wall, wildlife watching and hiking, all offered by the NJ School of Conservation.
Students enter with an instrumental, vocal, keyboard or composition focus. Individual student schedules typically include a large ensemble, one or more chamber ensembles, a music theory class and electives. Students may also opt to sign up for one to two private lessons a week per instrument at an additional fee. An appropriate theory class and chamber ensemble will be assigned based on the student’s background and experience.