For Answers in an Urban Estuary is designed to teach
school-age children in grades 4 to 8 about the unique natural
and historical features of the Newark Bay Complex, the importance
of the estuary from economic and ecological perspectives
and their role in maintaining the balance between human
need and environmental protection.
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.