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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.

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– 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.

For more info regarding the organization, visit the Barnegat Bay Partnership website

Download Expanded Story - Barnegat Bay Beet, Fall 2012 

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