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Fishing for Answers in an Urban Estuary

The Newark Bay Complex, part of the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary, has a rich and diverse history dating back to geological times. Urban estuaries offer a valuable opportunity for millions of people to explore the unique features of a sensitive and diverse environment. Fishing for Answers provides educators and their students in grades 4 to 8 the framework for such an opportunity. The guide offers over 15 different lessons. The Complex's history, geography, ecology and vast resources are explored.

There is a great variance in the public's understanding of estuary dynamics and how residential and commercial activities impact its health. To help teachers and students understand this dynamic more richly, it is feasible to explore concepts and develop skills in the sciences, social studies, the arts and math with an environment-based focus. Exposure to issues surrounding the estuary will direct learners to apply their knowledge and creativity toward managing and caring for the environment in addition to minimizing impacts on human health.

Fishing for Answers was a cooperative product developed by the New Jersey Audubon Society and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

Fishing for Answers Cover Highlights
  • Attendees at the workshop receive a printed copy of the guide.


  • View and/or download pdfs of the guide here.


Target Audience(s)
General public, organizations, educators, students of all ages

Additional Information
Lynette Lurig
Phone: 609-633-1314
E-mail: lynette.lurig@dep.state.nj.us



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