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Education & Outreach Programs

Custom programs for schools, scouts, community and civic groups, churches and more.


Get Outside and Learn About the Pine Barrens Ecosystem

Laughter, Learning, and Pinelands. Our education programs have a way of bringing all three together. We offer field programs for elementary through high school students and professional development programs. Join us in the field!

Contact us by email at or by phone at (609) 268-0189 to schedule a program or presentation.


Classroom Presentations

Activities are hands-on and use the context of the Pinelands to bring complex concepts to life.

students prepare to canoe in the nj pine barrens

River and Forest Explorations

Explore Wharton State Forest by river or by land.

students participate in a forest study in new jersey pine barrens

Education in Your Park

Our educators will create a curriculum for students at your local park.

Field Studies for Your School or Group

Kayak or Canoeing

Students paddle the Mullica River to learn about the plants and animals of the Pine Barrens ecosystem.

students in the pine barrens during pinelands adventures educational trip

Seining and Macroinvertebrate Studies

Students use seine nets to discover aquatic life in the Mullica River.

wetland pond in the pine barrens

Wetlands and Watersheds

Students conduct water quality tests and learn about the importance of wetlands and the aquifer.

Forest Survey

Students learn how to gather and use data to understand biodiversity and how data informs conservation practices in terrestrial ecosystems and watersheds.

Species Investigation

Students learn about the adaptations of the flora and fauna living in the Pine Barrens and how these species impact the ecosystem.

Barnegat Bay

Watershed Experience

Check out our new initiative in conjunction with other organizations throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed!

Educators Use the Up Close and Natural Curriculum

We use the New Jersey Pine Barrens ecosystem as a vehicle to teach broader themes of ecology, biology, geology, history, and social science.

The curriculum guide is available in downloadable PDF files below (or hardcopy upon request):


We offer a variety of educational programs about the Pinelands for civic and community groups, churches, colleges, and businesses.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) offers presentations designed to educate diverse groups about the Pine Barrens ecosystem and the Pinelands comprehensive management plan including history, culture, and current threats to the Pinelands.

We currently offer in-person presentations or virtual (Zoom) presentations tailored to the needs or interests of the audience.

Examples of Topics Covered:

  • Pine Barrens Ecology, Plants, and Animals
  • Pinelands Management Plan and Protection
  • John McPhee’s The Pine Barrens

Contact us by email at or by phone at (609) 268-0189 to schedule a program or presentation.