Not sure where to place this topic, but for any of our TIC teachers interested in getting your students involved directly with hands-on conservation projects, I work extensively within the Musconetcong watershed (parts of Sussex, Morris, Warren, and Hunterdon Counties in northwest NJ) and often have need for volunteers. I fully realize the constraints of today’s budgetary issues with busing students pretty much anywhere, but they can come out on weekends on their own if so motivated. I love to plan one day projects where kids plant and cage native trees and shrubs along the Musconetcong River and its tributaries. One day we had 85 students from Holland Township School’s 8th grade class out to plant more than 400 trees and shrubs in Finesville above the obsolete dam we are about to remove in that area.
Connecting youth to their natural environment is not only lacking in today’s society, but it is what TIC is all about! Getting them to understand the importance of clean, cold water by planting a tree along a river bank is a simple and effective way to reach young hearts and minds….