Environmental Educators Roundtable 2020

at Ocean County Soil Conservation District's 23rd ANNUAL BARNEGAT BAY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR'S ROUNDTABLE (Remotely!)
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District has been effectively coordinating and implementing the Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable since 1997. But this year, as we maintain social distancing standards, we will not be gathering together at the   Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education on April 22nd. Ins tead, Ocean County Soil Conservation District is bringing the Roundtable to you!

With the help of our talented partners, OCSCD has put together a suite of engaging online programs that include lessons, activities, videos, podcasts and webinars. Scroll below to explore our highlights. You can view our extended list of programs on our website .
This year's Roundtable theme is Happy Earth Day for the Next Generation, Full STEAM Ahead! The lessons and activities offer educators ways to engage students through S cience, T echnology, E ngineering, A rt and M ath, and many lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Scroll below to explore, engage and enjoy!
Wishing you all a HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Christine Raabe, District Director
Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist
Scroll below to explore, engage and enjoy!
Welcome to the Lighthouse Center!
First, we want to set the stage for the Roundtable and offer you a glimpse of the beauty and nostalgia of the   Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education , nestled within the beautiful salt marsh of the Barnegat Bay, surrounded by field and forest. Watch and listen to this   audio-enhanced PPT created and narrated by Pola Galie, Operations Manager of the  Lighthouse Center. (Please be patient while this file downloads.) This has been the location of the Roundtable for over a decade. Discover the many educational opportunities that await you and your students!
Pollinators Webinar
Join us on Earth Day, April 22, at 3:00pm , for a live webinar featuring our Roundtable Keynote Speaker, Kelly Gill, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation . Kelly will discuss pollinator conservation actions that educators and students can take to help protect these important creatures. Pre-registration required.
"Have Seeds Will Travel" Demonstration Video
Naturalist Jen Bulava of Burlington County Parks demonstrates the lesson Have Seeds, Will Travel   f or teachers and caregivers to share with their students or children. Students learn how to observe, identify, and classify seeds based on the various ways they are dispersed. Download this accompanying lesson and examples of sticky seeds . Spring and fall are great times of the year to get outside and explore seeds!
"Did the Leni Lenape Use STEM?" Lessons
Watch, listen, learn, teach: Did the Leni Lenape use STEM?  This audi-enhanced PowerPoint, narrated by Pat Heaney, Assistant Director of Education at The Watershed Institute , will guide you through this lesson (Grades 3-6) that combines social studies, science, engineering and technology. Students will learn how Native Americans used the engineering and design process to turn local natural resources into valuable tools and "technologies". Download this accompanying worksheet . Also, try this Native American Lifestyles lesson at home. Visit the About the Lenapes website for more information about the Leni Lenape Native Americans.
Podcast: Native Plants Healthy Planet
featuring Jersey-Friendly Yards
Pinelands Nursery recently launched their new podcast,   Native Plants Healthy Planet . Listen weekly as Pinelands Nursery Sales Manager Fran Chismar, and Production Analyst Tom Kinezick, share information about native plants and gardening tips, and talk with special guests on an array of topics.   Episode 5   features Karen Walzer of  Barnegat Bay Partnership   and Becky Laboy of   Ocean County Soil Conservation District , as they discuss   Jersey-Friendly Yards !
"Magnifying Plastics" Lesson
Plastics are a big problem! They are found everywhere in our environment, including marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Engage your students with NJ Sea Grant Consortium's "Magnifying Plastics" lesson. Students will discover the basic elements of plastics including raw material sources, the various types of polymers, how they degrade into microplastics, and how they enter and affect waterways and our oceans. Explore a variety of solutions that involve engineering, education, behavioral and legislative actions.
History of Double Trouble Village Video
Double Trouble Village in Ocean County was once a working saw mill and commercial cranberry farm. The State of New Jersey acquired the property in 1964, in part to protect the Cedar Creek and Barnegat Bay Watersheds. Today, the historic village is available for guided tours and passive recreation with miles of marked trails. Enjoy this 2 minute NJTV feature video as Historian, Andrew Anderson, talks about the history of Double Trouble Village. Visit  njparksandforests.org  and for more information.
Visit OCSCD's website to view a full list of programs, lessons, activities, webinars, videos and podcasts selected and created especially for the Barnegat Bay Environmental Educator's Roundtable!
In Loving Memory of Lois M. Schoeck
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District proudly (and sadly) dedicates this year’s “virtual” Roundtable to our dear friend, teacher and mentor, Ms. Lois Schoeck. Lois has been a driving force in the Ocean County environmental education community for over four decades. She inspired literally thousands of students, educators, and multiple generations of environmental stewards and “crusaders.”  Her legacy will live on. May the Forest be with you, Lois!
For more information about education programs and events pertaining to soil, water, conservation and native gardening, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District: education@soildistrict.org . Or visit the Education pages on our website: https://www.soildistrict.org/educational-programs/