Please check this page periodically for workshops and programs that we will schedule throughout the year. These programs may also include activities that our Partners within the Barnegat Bay Partnership are conducting. The location, time and fees (if applicable) will be included.

Conservation Talks: Winter Lecture Series Join the Friends of Island Beach State Park on Sunday afternoons in February - April as they bring leading conservationists into the park to tell us about their projects. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Each talk is followed by a guided walk. Registration required. See the full schedule and registration forms here.

The Great Backyard Bird Count
How many birds will you find?
All welcome, beginner to advanced. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Cooper Environmental Center, Cattus Island Park, TomsRiver.Ocean County Park Naturalists will give a talk and lead the bird walk/count. Hosted by the Barnegat Bay Partnership and Ocean County Parks. RSVP to Justin at Learn more about the count at Saturday, February 17, 2018 From 9:00-11:00 a.m.
(Lecture at 9:00 and Bird Walk at 9:30)

With funding from the Barnegat Bay Partnership, the Ocean County Soil Conservation District is pleased to announce an opportunity for home gardeners residing in the Barnegat Bay watershed to receive $150 in planting materials to create your own "Jersey-Friendly Yard"!

Three workshops will take place on weekends in March of 2018, from 10:30am-12:30pm, at Cattus Island County Park

Please submit follow these directions to submit an application for the event

2018 Poster Contest for Kids The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to sponsor the 2018 Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home!". Watersheds carry water over land, through the soil, and into creeks, streams and rivers, eventually ending up in the bay. A healthy watershed ensures clean water for drinking, swimming and recreation. The Poster Contest is open to all students in grades 2-12. One Grand Champion Winner will be selected to receive a $50 cash prize, and a $200 prize will be awarded to their school to support a school-based environmental project. Winning posters are submitted to the Statewide Competition. Download the official 2018 Rules & Entry Form. Deadline for Ocean County entries is March 3, 2018. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext 114, or visit the OCSCD Poster Contest webpage.

Barnegat Bay Naturalist Course at OCC The course will focus on the natural and cultural resources of the Barnegat Bay watershed and include training volunteers that are needed to educate others. Two Wednesday evening classes will be held on campus at Ocean County College in Toms River. During 6 Saturday field trips, participants will explore state and county parks throughout Ocean County, collecting data with experienced master naturalists, environmental educators, and field ecologists. To receive and maintain the BBVMN certificate, participants will need to complete and document 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of environmental training each year. Students must be 18 years of age or older to take this course. Trips are announced upon registration. For more information please visit the BBP website at 4.10 CEU, Cost $299; Course code: CEBS-137-01. Dates: 8 sessions, April 11 & May 23, Wednesday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. April 14 – May 19, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Instructors: Graceanne M. Taylor and Rebecca L. Laboy

Environmental Educator's Roundtable SAVE-THE-DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 3:00-7:30pm, at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, Waretown. Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to announce our 21st Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educator's Roundtable. Presenters will demonstrate hands-on lessons that focus on the importance of our watershed's numerous natural resources. Registration opens in January, 2018. For more information please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, OCSCD, 609-971-7002 ext. 114, or or visit the OCSCD Roundtable webpage. Click here for more information.