Voices of the Barnegat Bay School Outreach Program
Experience the Jersey Shore without leaving your school!
We offer intimate, effective programs with the flexibility to accommodate a single class for a day of topic immersion or multiple classes rotating through a series of hands-on stations. This is a high quality field trip experience at your school!
Choose from the following stations:
Decoys: Students learn the art of decoy carving and see carver Mark Ford or Fred Reitmeyer make a wooden duck decoy. Students may participate in a short program by sanding wood or a longer program by painting duck head magnets or shorebird flatties
Boatbuilding: Students meet master boatbuilder Mark Ford or Ron Spodofora and learn about traditional NJ craft including sneakboxes and garveys and learn how to use hand tools used in boatbuilding. Longer programs include making a toy-boat sneakbox.
Music: Students can work with musician Valerie Vaughn as they explore the musical heritage of the Pines and Shore. This participatory program includes songs about our environmental and occupational heritage. Students may work as a class to write a song.
Basketry: Students work with master basketmaker Mary May, who will bring examples of her baskets and talk about how she turns a tree into a basket. She can work with students to make their own woven ornaments or they can work together to weave a large basket as a class.
Fiber Arts: Spinner and weaver Niki Giberson dresses in colonial costume to teach children about life in NJ in the 1700 and 1800s. She demonstrates spinning her sheep’s wool and students can make their own sheep ornaments.
Seasonal Occupations: Through artifacts and historic photos, students learn about how south Jerseyans “worked the cycle” of seasonal occupations in the Barnegat Bay and Pinelands. They will have the opportunity to dress up and use historic tools of the baymen in this interactive program.
For more information or to set up a program, contact Jaclyn Wood at 609-296-8868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts