Registration Open for Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Course

Jan 12, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Those who enjoy learning about the ecology and traditions of Barnegat Bay, and sharing what they’ve learned with others, may want to consider signing up for the upcoming Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist Program. Registration is now open for the spring 2018 training course, offered by the Barnegat Bay Partnership through the Ocean County College Continuing and Professional Education Department.

Educators Becky Laboy and GraceAnne Taylor will lead the course, which “will get participants outside and on the water for a true Barnegat Bay experience,” the BBP explains. Topics include: marine life in the bay; important habitats, such as seagrasses and wetlands; birds and other animals of the watershed; native plant identification; forest resources; soil health; Pinelands ecology; and Barnegat Bay history, culture and tradition.

“During field trips to local parks and nature centers, participants will hike, kayak, seine, photograph and collect data with experienced naturalists and field ecologists,” the partnership noted. “The course also includes training in the skills volunteers need to help educate others about the bay.”

The course runs April 11 to May 23, with eight sessions: two Wednesday evening classroom sessions, 7-9 p.m. April 11 and May 23; and six Saturday field trips, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 14, 21 and 28, and May 5, 12 and 19.

Visit to view the course description on page 43 of the spring 2018 catalog and to register. Cost is $299.

After taking the course, participants can maintain their certification as Barnegat Bay Master Naturalists by completing annual approved volunteer and continuing education hours.

For more information, visit or contact Karen Walzer at —J.K.-H.

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