Clean Ocean Action hosts 22nd Annual Student Summit October 7th, 2010

SANDY HOOK, NJ - Clean Ocean Action (COA) will bring together hundreds of middle school students and teachers for the 22nd Annual Student Summit.  The event is held at Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, Ocean Swimming Area  #1 from 9a.m.-12:30p.m.

The Student Summit celebrates its 22nd year of hosting bi-annual opportunities for youth to learn about the marine environment and develop their stewardship skills.

”In the tough economic times, COA hopes that schools will take advantage of this free and inspirational program to learn about the sea” said Cindy Zipf, COA’s Executive Director.

Hands-on learning is a critical component to the Summit.  Students actively participate in a series of six workstations that include horseshoe crabs, marine critters, seashells, non-point source pollution, marine litter, and project terrapin.  These workstations are married with an additional six fieldtrips on seining/marine animal identification, exploring Island Beach State Park (from Ocean to Bay), bird-watching, shellfish gardening, beach cleanup, and an ocean beach scavenger hunt.

With over twenty years of interactive curriculum, the Student Summits have reached thousands of students from all across the state of New Jersey.  The fall Summit brings together public/private schools from southern New Jersey while the spring Summit, held in May, invites students and schools from central and northern New Jersey to join them in Sandy Hook.

”The Student Summit gives students a hands-one field experience and teachers take back so many great ideas for incorporating environmental studies into the teaching curriculum,” said Jill Lorenz, a participating teacher from Lavallette Elementary School.

Directions:

From North and South:  GSP to Exit 82 (Rt. 37 East).  Take Route 37 East toward Seaside Heights/Island Beach State Park.  Follow Route 37 East over bridge.  After traffic light after bridge, bear right onto Route 35 South, following signs for Island Beach State Park/Seaside Park.  Follow Rt. 35 South/Central Avenue to the Park.  Continue to entrance of Park and proceed to Ocean Building Area Unit #1 (approximately 3 miles on the left).