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  • 2021 – Inspiration for a Jersey-Friendly Schooyard

    2021 – Inspiration for a Jersey-Friendly Schooyard

    With the help of our talented partners, OCSCD put together a suite of Jersey-Friendly Yards inspired webinars, designed specifically for teachers and environmental educators, that guide you towards the creation of a Jersey-Friendly School Yard. 2021’s hybrid Environmental Educators Roundtable event offered 3 online Wednesday afternoon webinars in April. All programs were free – you can view … Read more

  • 2021 Annual Report

    2021 Annual Report

    Our 2021 Annual Report was produced in an effort to share the success stories of the District. It represents the beginning of what we hope is an ongoing “Conservation Conversation” that will not only benefit the valuable natural resources of our county and region, but also the people that live and work in our local communities. In this year’s Annual Report we have shared a snapshot of the District – our staff, our partners, our programs and our projects. We hope that you will find our story of interest and we welcome your comments and input. The District looks forward to 2022 and the ongoing opportunity to do our part in protecting the resources of Ocean County.

  • 2022 Holiday Office Closings

    2022 Holiday Office Closings

    New Year’s Day (observed) 12/30/2021 Thursday Martin Luther King Jr. Day 01/17/22 Monday Presidents Day 02/21/22 Monday Good Friday 04/15/22 Friday Memorial Day 05/30/22 Monday Juneteenth 06/17/22 Friday Independence Day 07/04/22 Monday Labor Day 09/05/22 Monday Columbus Day 10/10/22 Monday Election Day 11/08/22 Tuesday Veteran’s Day 11/11/22 Friday Thanksgiving Day 11/24/22 Thursday Christmas Day 12/26/22 … Read more

  • Oyster Reef Restoration with Parsons Seafood, Tuckerton, NJ (Great Bay)

    Oyster Reef Restoration with Parsons Seafood, Tuckerton, NJ (Great Bay)

    Ocean County Soil Conservation District’s Sustainable Practice’s for Aquaculture Resources Conservation project (SPARC) continues efforts to provide technical assistance to aquaculture farmers in the Barnegat Bay watershed to further develop the conservation practices of the NJ NRCS Aquaculture Initiative.

  • Life in the Leaves!

    Life in the Leaves!

    Green leaves of summer are ablaze in scarlet, crimson and gold, as trees and shrubs begin to wind-down for winter. Through photosynthesis, these mini food factories provided an essential service in turning water and carbon dioxide into sugars for their host. But their job duties do not end there. Leaves take on a new role in the winter. These brown leafy blankets protect pupating caterpillars and provide habitat for moths and butterflies.

  • Seeding Operation at FirstEnergy Park

    Seeding Operation at FirstEnergy Park

    Partners completed their first seeding operation at the FirstEnergy Park basin, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws. Native grasses were drilled into the basin using South Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Council’s newly purchased no-till Kasco Versa-Drill.

  • 2020 SPARC Project – A Year in Review

    2020 SPARC Project – A Year in Review

    (June, 2021) The main goal of SPARC was to initiate conservation planning and technical assistance training for New Jersey coastal bays that emphasizes the natural resource needs and concerns of regional shellfish aquaculture producers and to provide access to various opportunities.  OCSCD used this grant as an initial and necessary first step in establishing a regional … Read more

  • OCSCD Awarded a Second Year of Funding

    OCSCD Awarded a Second Year of Funding

    (May, 2021) The Ocean County Soil Conservation District was awarded a second year of funding through a technical assistance grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). This is the fourth year of the NACD technical assistance grant program, which was created with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation … Read more

  • 2020:  23rd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable

    2020: 23rd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable

    Celebrating Earth Day at our 23rd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable 2020 Premier ONLINE Event! Read our newsletter featuring the 2020 Environmental Educator’s Round Table.Use these links to jump further down the page to various lessons and presentations from this event: 2020 Happy Earth Day for the Next Generation – Full STEAM Ahead This … Read more

  • Gathering data on the Tuckerton Reef, an oyster reef restoration site

    Gathering data on the Tuckerton Reef, an oyster reef restoration site

    OCSCD continues to further our efforts on the Sustainable Practices for Aquaculture Resource Conservation grant project (SPARC). This past month they gathered data on the Tuckerton Reef, an oyster reef restoration site.