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Dozens of schools throughout New Jersey have developed and maintain on-site outdoor classrooms that are used by students throughout the day as part of their coursework - not just in science, but in social studies, language arts, mathematics and art.

Imagine students being actively engaged in learning while using outdoor trails, butterfly and flower gardens, man-made ponds and wetlands, observation decks, bird blinds, amphitheaters and diverse wooded areas. Such sites are both popular as well as possible on most school properties, including very built urban and suburban environments.

The Outdoor Classroom Network of New Jersey is dedicated to training, networking and promoting the development or enhancement of schoolyard habitat projects for educational purposes. NJDEP's Division of Fish & Wildlife workshops (WILD School Sites) are open to any teacher or environmental resource person interested in establishing, maintaining, and effectively using this type of learning environment.

Staff within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection helped develop the network and assist with coordinating its activities.

  • Promotes communications and the sharing of ideas, resources, problems and expertise.

  • Acts as a clearinghouse for information on similar projects statewide.

  • NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife offers certification and a sign proclaiming certified "Wild School Site" status for schools that meet the criteria for certification.

  • Offers mentoring to teachers who need help getting started.

  • Facilitates training opportunities among network members.

  • For upcoming professional development opportunities, click HERE.

Fish & Wildlife Logo  Wild School Sites Workshops
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 (WILD School Sites workshops)
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 for New Jersey
Part 1 / Part 2
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Target Audience(s)
All educators and environmental resource personnel

Additional Information
Outdoor Classroom Network of New Jersey
Division of Fish and Wildlife Logo Division of Fish and Wildlife, NJDEP
Pequest Natural Resources Education Center
605 Pequest Road
Oxford NJ 07863
Phone: 908-637-4125
Fax: 908-637-6735

Marc Rogoff
NJDEP, Trenton NJ 08625
Phone: 609-292-1474