Preparing Ocean County's Youth for Environmental Careers
Rutgers TEEM Gateway Helps Ocean County's Youth Prepare for Environmental Careers through a 6-week
Environmental Studies and
Career Exploration summer program.
OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – For the second summer in a row, the
Barnegat Bay Partnership worked with
Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway and the
Ocean County Private Industry Council
(OCPIC) to provide summer jobs offering experiential work opportunities to
students from neighboring communities.
The Environmental Studies and
Career Exploration summer program is
designed to expose youth to the many
environmental learning and vocational
opportunities in Ocean County. Youth
attending the program learn workplace
readiness skills in a classroom setting
and ecological lessons on field trips to
various state and county parks. By the
end of the six-week program, youth will
have learned about careers in the environmental sector and will be prepared
to apply for their first jobs.
The OCPIC workers spent one of
their work days at the BBP/Island
Heights Library Children’s Garden
hanging bird houses, pruning trees,
weeding, and planting sunflowers
and other native plants. In addition,
they learned about bats, painted a bat
house, mulched trees (and learned about "mulch volcanos"). On other work days,
they helped with trail maintenance at
both the New Jersey Forest Resource
Education Center in Jackson and the
Natural Resource Education Foundation (Lighthouse Center) in Waretown.
They also learned about the Barnegat
Bay watershed and estuary and the
environmental challenges it faces.