PINES Program

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On-Site School Field Trips

The cost of a PINES On-Site School Field Trips is $12 per student, with a minimum charge of $220.00 per group. Five adults per class, including teacher, are free; additional adults are $12 each. Lessons are designed for a 10 am - 1:30 pm time period, but can be tailored to your individual needs.

The New Jersey Cranberry Industry (K to College)
Where does our food really come from? Explore the soil and water in the wetland habitat of the native cranberry plant. Activities include a short slide presentation of early cranberry farming at Whitesbog; a journey into the bog to investigate the soil, plant life, & other living things; observation of modern harvesting operation, if in progress; and a chance to pick cranberries by hand from old bogs. Best scheduled for - October.

Life in a Company Town (3rd grade to College)
After its founding by J.J. White in the late 1800’s, Whitesbog became an important company town for the cranberry industry. Students will hunt for clues around the historic village, participate in old time house chores, and do some farm work in the cranberry bog. Through these activities students will experience what life was like a century ago, and become acquainted with our connection to the land through farming. Best scheduled for November - June.

Pine Barrens Ecology (4th grade to College)
Students will work in teams using equipment to collect information on water & soil pH, soil composition, percolation, habitat characteristics, plant identification and animal signs. Activities will be conducted in upland, lowland and cedar swamp communities. Students will use the results of their investigations to describe the characteristics of each community & the importance of each as a habitat for specific animals. Best scheduled for November - early April.

Lenape Living in the Pines (3rd grade to College)
Students will help construct a wigwam, make flour, prepare a winter snack and topical medicines, assist in re-telling Lenape stories, play traditional games and participate in dance. This course emphasizes our past and present connection to the Earth, and the need to think about our impact for the future. Thirty minutes of class will be conducted outside; in extreme weather, all activities will be conducted indoors.
Scheduled for January and February.

Exploring Freshwater Wetlands (5th grade to College)
Students will venture into the depths of 5 different wetland areas. By exploring the habitat, taking measurements, recording observations, and investigating the plant and animal life in each area, students will become aware of the relationship between living organisms and their habitat. Best scheduled for April - June.

Pond Ecology (K to College)
A lesson based on discovering the multitude of living things found in freshwater habitats. Students will use nets to find what lives in a pond, use binoculars to observe bird life in a swamp, visit the “listening” station along mudflats of the canal, and see organisms under a micro-projector that are small enough to live in a drop of water. Students will explore the interdependence and adaptations of plants and animals that live in these wet areas. Best scheduled for April – June.

Autumn in the Pines (PreK to 4th grade)
Students will take a journey with “Tundra Swanicus” to explore migration, go on a harvest adventure to find signs of seasonal survival, find habitat clues along grassy vole trails, and investigate the seasonal changes for plants at interactive stations. Best scheduled for October – November.

Spring Adventures (PreK to 4th grade)
The adventures in this lesson focus on developing a sense-of-wonder through immersion in habitats, and first hand exploration of what lives in those habitats. Activities include: catching frogs in a net, finding tiny animals that live in pond water, crawling through a “mole tunnel”, digging through leaf litter, observing birds at feeders, and building a nest like a bird. Best scheduled for April – June.