This year’s workshops were centered around the theme: “Back to Our Roots”. Presenters shared lessons that reflected the importance of the cultural, historical and natural resources that make the Barnegat Bay watershed a unique and ecologically important place.
- “A Field Trip to Cloverdale Farms”, led by Patti Trasferini of Ocean County Parks & Recreation,
- “Aquatic Invasive Species” by Karen Byrne of Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center,
- “Native Carnivorous Plants” presented by Terry O’Leary,
- “Ospreys” presented by Ben Wurst of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey,
- “The Effects of Climate Change on Barnegat Bay’s Natural Resources”, presented by Rosemary Higgins and Mindy Voss of NJ Sea Grant Consortium,
- “Enviroscape: Teaching about Pollution Prevention” presented by GraceAnne Taylor of Save Barnegat Bay, and
- “Building Ecological Solutions for Coastal Community Hazards” presented by Allison Mulch of NJ Audubon and Jim House of Egg Harbor Twp. High School.
Our Keynote Speaker, award-winning educator and local film producer, Angela Andersen, showcased her new documentary “The Oyster Farmers”. The film highlights the renaissance of the aquaculture industry in the Barnegat Bay watershed. From the raw bar to the reef, it is just a drop in the bucket for the community to lend a hand in restoring the bay.