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    Marine Academy of Technology and Enviornmental Science

    2016 Marine Science Summer Research Experience
    This summer, be involved in a camp that is all about the
    local Pine Barrens and Barnegat Bay Ecosystem

    For students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades during the fall 2016

    About the Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science

    Photography by GDT Student Brittany Cesare
    Photography by OCVTS Staff

    The Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science (MATES) is a program of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School District. Established in the fall of 1994, the program is open to high school students throughout Ocean County. Included are both a competitive shared & full time component available to high school students. Qualified students can also earn college credits through Ocean County College. MATES graduates usually pursue careers in the natural science fields by attending competitive colleges. This active program focuses on major concepts and requires a motivated, enthusiastic learner. It is supported by numerous marine and environmental experts, agencies, and learning institutions throughout the east coast.

    The Summer Experience "Barnegat Bay is our classroom"
    The summer program includes hands-on field, research, and laboratory instruction in Marine Science that meets New Jersey Core Content Standards in science which includes instruction in other disciplines. Students will experience project-based learning. Students will be able to work in the field, learn about the local species, conduct a major research project, and gain a better understanding of the many aspects of both marine and environmental science. Students will be exposed to research techniques, ecology and our traditional marine biology program. The cost for one week (4 days) is only $175.00 for all field activities that will include daily field visits:

    Collection and identification of freshwater and marine invertebrates and vertebrates
    Hands-on activities about the Pine Barrens, Barnegat Bay and the coastal area
    Water sampling and monitoring using proper field research techniques

     Field activities throughout the Barnegat Bay and its watershed

    Topics Covered in the MATES Research Experience

    Catch & Identify Plankton on the Bay

    Invertebrates of the Atlantic Coast

    Fish and Invertebrates of the east coast

    Birds, Reptiles and Marine Mammals

    Salt Marsh Ecology and how they work

    Barnegat Bay Estuary habitat including eel and widgeon grasses

    Bottom-dwelling organisms (Benthos)

    Learn and do proper sampling methods including seining, trawls, and traps

    Proper use of water sampling equipment and water testing kits

    How to conduct field and team research projects

    Cultural and Natural aspects of the Pine Barrens

    How to maintain a salt water aquarium and species of your own

    Cause and ways to impove human impacts on the Barnegat Bay ecosystem

    Learn field safety

    Registration & Contact

    The summer research experience is only open to students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades during the fall 2016. Sessions will be one or two weeks in duration.


    Session 1: July 11—14
    Session 2: July 18—21
    Session 3: July 25—28
    Session 4: Aug. 1—4

    Two Week Option A July 11—21
    Two Week Option B July 25—Aug. 4
    Two Week Option C July 18 & July 25

    Time: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

    Pricing: Per-Week: $175.00

    Mail Registration Form & Fee to:
    Ocean County Vocational Technical School
    195 Cedar Bridge Road
    Manahawkin, NJ 08050
    Attn: Summer Experience 2016

    Phone: (609) 978-8439 ext. 4002
    Email: mates@mail.ocvts.org

    Download Registration Form Here

    No refunds will be given, only credit for future outreach programs and camps.


    Who Should Apply?
    Students who are presently enrolled in grades six ,seven and eight who
    have a serious interest in marine and environmental science. This
    competitive program is limited to 25 students per week.

    How to Apply?
    All applications will be reviewed and will be notified on a rolling basis.
    Applications should be sent to the address listed on the application.
    Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the Center.
    Lunch, water and snacks are the responsibility of the participants.

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