Department of Environmental Protection

New Jersey State Park Service

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Education and Interpretive Programs for Organized Groups

New Jersey’s state parks, forests, and historic sites are wonderful places for school students, college students, summer campers, scout groups, homeschoolers and other groups to explore the state’s rich natural and historic resources. Environmental education programs immerse students in a variety of our state’s habitats and provide connections between the state’s natural wonders and the school curriculum. College students conduct authentic field research in our forests, streams, ponds and wetlands, while history comes alive at our many historic sites. Many of our programs meet scout badge requirements and some sites offer ideas for Eagle and Gold scout projects. Please inquire directly through the links below. In a few cases, if you cannot come to the park or historic site, an outreach program to your group (currently virtual) might be available.

ADVISORY: The current list of available group programs is limited at this time due to the ongoing global pandemic. Official safety guidelines are adhered to, limiting the capacity of some sites to safely offer group programs. Most programs are currently outdoors. For all programs, registration is required, group size is limited (varying from site to site), masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed. Check back monthly for any updates.

Please click here for a list of sites that are offering groups programs from now through the summer. Contact the site staff directly for more information on available programs, registration information and Covid-19 guidelines.

Not an organized group? Please click here for public programs offered for individuals, friends, and families.


Brendan T. Byrne State Park
Burlington County and Ocean County

Nature Interpretive and Environmental Education Programs
Phone: 609-726-1191
Email: Nicole.Bendixen@dep.nj.gov


Cheesequake State Park
Middlesex County

Nature Interpretive and Environmental Education Programs
Phone: 732-566-3208
Email: James.Faczak@dep.nj.gov


High Point State Park
Sussex County

Nature interpretive, environmental education, and history education programs.
Phone: 973-875-1471
Email: Kate.Foord@dep.nj.gov


Island Beach State Park
Ocean County

Nature interpretive, environmental education, and history education programs.
Phone: 732-793-1315
Email: Kelly.Scott@dep.nj.gov


Jenny Jump State Forest
Warren County

Astronomy Programs
Website


Liberty State Park
Hudson County

Nature interpretive, environmental education, and history education programs.
Phone: 201-915-3400 x202
Email: LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov


Rockingham State Historic Site
Somerset County

History Education Programs
Phone: 609-683-7132
Email: Coming soon


Twin Lights Historic Site
Monmouth County

Nature interpretive, environmental education, and history education programs. Virtual tours also available.
Email: Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov


Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites
Somerset County

History Education Programs
Phone: 908-725-1015
Email: wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov


Walt Whitman House Historic Site
Camden County

History Education Programs
Phone: 856-964-5383
Website


Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
Mercer County

Nature / environmental education programs
Phone: 609-737-0609


Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center Museum
Mercer County

History Education Programs
Phone: 609-737-0623
Email: clay.craighead@dep.nj.gov or mark.sirak@dep.nj.gov


Wawayanda State Park
Sussex County

Nature Interpretive and Environmental Education Programs
Phone: 973-853-4462
Email: Holly.Leonard@dep.nj.gov (with “group programs’ in the subject line)


Worthington State Forest
Warren County

Nature Interpretive and Environmental Education Programs
Phone: 908-841-9575