Outdoor Skills Workshops on Sedge Island Designed for Families, Women

Jun 13, 2018
Courtesy of: N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife

The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, via its N.J. Outdoors Program, is offering summertime workshops for women and youngsters at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, a renovated duck hunting lodge on an island in Barnegat Bay. These “Sedge Island Samplers” are designed to provide a welcoming environment in which to learn outdoor skills.

Registration is limited, and applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Outdoor Women of New Jersey’s Sedge Island Sampler,” for women 18 years of age and older, is scheduled for Aug. 4. “These workshops are for you if you are a newcomer to the outdoors, an outdoor enthusiast who wants to learn new skills, or someone who wishes to network with other outdoor enthusiasts,” the DEP explains.

Participants will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park to check in and travel to Sedge Island by pontoon boat, and will then choose a morning session and an afternoon session from the following options: bay fishing, bay fishing basics, crabbing and clamming, and kayaking. As the DEP noted, “All classes will be hands-on and include mucking about in the bay.”

The workshop fee is $25, and includes transportation to and from Sedge Island, use of equipment and materials, and lunch.

The day ends around 5:30 p.m.

“Outdoor Families of New Jersey’s Sedge Island Sampler” will take place Aug. 5, also from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and with the same session options. This workshop is for families with children from 12 to 17 years of age. Fees are $20 per adult and $10 per child.

The Sedge Island Natural Resource Center, the DEP points out, “has running water for washing hands, two composting toilets, picnic tables both outside and inside to enjoy lunch, and a sun deck. We will have lunch on the island but will be spending most of the day exploring the bay and islands in various ways.

“There will be bugs. If you can’t tolerate bugs, then this is not a workshop for you.”

For more information, and registration forms, visit njfishandwildlife.com/sedge.htm.—J.K.-H.

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