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The New York - New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program (HEP) is a partnership of federal, state, and local governments; scientists; civic and environmental advocates; businesses; educators; and citizens working together to protect and restore the waters of the estuary. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is an active partner in HEP.

The Harbor Estuary was designated an "Estuary of National Significance" in 1988 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1996, the HEP completed a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan to "establish and maintain a healthy, productive ecosystem with full beneficial uses." The HEP "region" includes the following counties: Hudson, Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth and Morris.

This teachers' guide, produced by the Harbor Estuary Program, lists hundreds of estuary-related field trips, classroom materials and teacher training opportunities offered by more than 50 organizations within the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary region. The guide is available in hard copy and in HEP's searchable, on-line database. The teachers' guide will be updated annually as information is gained regarding the many new and ongoing efforts that promote understanding of this estuarine ecosystem.

  • Lists 53 organizations that offer field trips, classroom materials and teacher training opportunities.

  • Is organized as a user-friendly searchable, on-line database.

  • Is a 76-page resource guide that is useful for teachers of grades K - 12 as well as youth and scout leaders, camp counselors and parents.

Target Audience(s)
Teachers, educators, and students

Additional Information
Laura Bartovics, New York Sea Grant
Outreach Coordinator
290 Broadway, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866
Phone: 212-637-3816
Fax: 212-637-3889