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Let's Get Ready for Summer!
Check out the JC NERR's summer programs
Hello there!

I don't know about you, but I'm already thinking about summer! We have some really fun activities this season, including the return of some in-person programs like Creature Features. We are excited about outdoor activities this year in honor of Trails Day, and an online viewing of the movie Drift. Program details and how to register for each of these events are all outlined below, but please reach out if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

Sincerely, Kaitlin Gannon
Creature Feature Programs
JC NERR's Summer Creature Feature Programs: Let's get back to exploring the estuary!
When: Every Tuesday morning from June 28th-August 2nd 2022. 6 weeks total
Where: JC NERR grounds and some "meet up" locations, which are TBD. All programs will be in-person and outdoors only.

The JC NERR's Summer Creature Feature programs are back, but with a few changes. Click on the registration link below to register and get all the details about what's new this summer.
How to register: Click Register here
Summer Science Talks
Check out our Summer Ecological Evenings!
We will continue to host our science presentations through Zoom
Stop the Sting: Jellyfish in Barnegat Bay.
When: Thursday, June 30th, 2022 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Presented by: Brittany McLaughlin, Jellyfish Education Coordinator from Save Barnegat Bay
How to register: Click here to register

Have jellyfish made it more difficult for you and your family to enjoy your summer on the shore? Learn all about the first of its kind, experimental way, Save Barnegat Bay and their partners are trying to reduce the amount of stinging jellies in lagoons like yours along Barnegat Bay. Also learn how you can join them and help Stop the Sting in your neighborhood!
Photo credit: Save Barnegat Bay
In celebration of Save Barnegat Bay's 50th anniversary, join us for a viewing and Q&A session of the documentary film, Drift. Made in collaboration with the Monmouth University Film Department, Drift explores stories of Barnegat Bay's past, present, and future. Not all the views expressed in the film are shared by the JC NERR.
A Screening and Q&A of the Film: Drift
Join Save Barnegat Bay and the JC NERR for a special screening of the film "Drift"!
When: Thursday, July 21st, 2022 from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Presented by: Save Barnegat Bay education staff
How it will work: Click here to register. Your email confirmation will have a link to join our Q&A on July 21st, and a link and password to get access to the film!
Photo credit: Save Barnegat Bay
Phytoplankton, harmful algal blooms, and the water quality variables that impact them

When: Thursday, September 8th, 2022 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Presented by: Maryland graduate student and Margaret A. Davidson Fellow, Taylor Armstrong
How to register: Click here to register

Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that make up the base of ocean food webs and important for all water bodies. However, some phytoplankton can produce toxins that have dire consequences for public health, water resources, and local economies. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a global concern in both freshwater and coastal systems, taking over a waterbody when there are optimal nutrients, light, temperature, salinity, water flow, and minimal competitors/predators. Graduate student, Taylor Armstrong, will go through what causes harmful algal blooms, what harmful algal bloom species occur in New Jersey, why they are increasing in frequency and duration, what is being done to combat harmful algal blooms, and her project working with the JC NERR as part of the Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship program.
Join us for Trails Day!
Join us for two events in honor of the American Hiking Society's annual "Trails Day"!
Trails day is an event celebrated each year by the American Hiking Society. It's a great opportunity to get involved in local projects or get outside and enjoy nature with friends and family! The JC NERR will be hosting two outdoor activities the day before, Friday June 3rd, 2022. You can participate in one, the other, or both! Please see details below and information on how to register. If you'd like more information about Trails Day, and how else you can participate, check out the website

JC NERR Trails Day activities:
June 3rd, 2022
  • Great Bay Blvd "Bike N' Bird". 3:00pm-3:45pm.
  • Exertion: Moderate, slow pace. Get ready to admire the beauty of nature while getting some great exercise along Great Bay Blvd! Participants will bike along Great Bay Blvd making some birding stops along the way. Bike tour will be lead by JC NERR Education Coordinator, Kaitlin Gannon. Please meet at the JC NERR 15 min early. Participants will also need to sign a waiver.
  • Grassle Marsh Guided Trail Walk. 4:00pm-4:45pm
  • Exertion: easy to moderate. An interpretive nature walk will be provided along the JC NERR's 1/2 mile "Grassle Marsh" trail. We will explore this beautiful area of marshland and upland forests. Tour will be provided by JC NERR Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Amy Plantarich.

**Keep in Mind**Please meet at the JC NERR parking lot for both of these events, 130 Great Bay Blvd. Tuckerton, NJ 08087. Programs are weather permitting. JC NERR facilities are NOT open to the public at this time due to Rutgers University's COVID-19 policies.

To register for one or both of these events, please contact Kaitlin Gannon at gannon@marine.rutgers.edu or call 609-249-8822.
Take a Boat Tour of the Estuary
Learn about the bay while on the water!
*Date, Time and Registration details about this trip will be provided at a later date. Stay tuned!!

Where: Tuckerton Seaport, Lighthouse Center Building/dock. 120 W Main St, Tuckerton, NJ 08087.

The Tuckerton Seaport and the JC NERR will co-host a special tour of Great Bay onboard the Seaport's 30-foot pontoon boat. We will take in the sites and sounds of the bay through nature viewing, conduct some hands-on activities, discuss Tuckerton's history and various JC NERR and Rutgers research efforts.
Announcements from Our Partners
Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) 2022 Coastal Stewardship Course
Registration is now open for the 2022 Coastal Stewardship Course offered as a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) and collaborations with ReClam the Bay (RCTB). 
Come learn how to be a more responsible steward of our coastal marine resources and how to get involved with local efforts to improve the health of our coastal ecosystems. Our main teaching tools will be Barnegat Bay ecology and shellfish restoration and aquaculture. 
Classes will meet weekly via Zoom webinar on Tuesday evenings (7:00 – 9:00 PM) from June 7 through August 9. Four class sessions will be in a HyFlex format to allow for in-class participation on selected dates. An optional field trip for new students is planned for Saturday, July 9.

Please see the flyer here to register and for additional details.