The cornerstone of all educational programming at the Jacques Cousteau Reserve is the translation of scientific research into sound useful information that increases participant knowledge on marine and coastal environments and inspires an appreciation of the natural world. The various educational programs offered by the reserve are tailored for educators, coastal resource managers, members of non-profits and non-governmental organizations, interested community members, watershed residents and visitors, families, children and outdoor enthusiasts.
The reserve’s public programs focus on the research, habitats and cultural history of the Mullica River-Great Bay Watershed. Participants learn of the research happening “in their own backyards” and experience the watershed through a variety of field-based activities discovering the wonder and importance of the ocean and estuaries.
In partnership with the Tuckerton Seaport (a local maritime museum) the reserve offers a monthly speaker series called Lunch n’ Learn that enhances public understanding about current research and the cultural history of the Reserve. Our newest program titled Ecological Evenings is a collection of evening presentations by scientists and professionals to inform adult audiences of current coastal issues and science research that inspires stewardship and appreciation.
Recreational programs such as hiking and canoeing and our summer “Creature Feature” program introduces all ages to the unique natural resources of New Jersey. These experiential programs provide fun and exciting opportunities to become intimately connected with the marine and coastal flora and fauna.
The Reserve's formal and non-formal programs are designed to increase the knowledge and confidence of educators with science content. Educators enjoy inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, student-centered activities and gain experience with a variety of teaching strategies. The Reserve's focus is on the marine and coastal environments of New Jersey including the Pine Barrens.
Habitat Workshops offered by the reserve provide an opportunity for educators to combine classroom and field experiences as they “get up close and personal” with the unique habitats within the Reserve. Workshops are designed to increase the content knowledge of educators as well as introduce them to a variety of educational approaches.