Get Involved with Save Barnegat Bay

Youth Programs

This Way to Barnegat Bay!

Save Barnegat Bay’s most successful program for Elementary and Middle School students brings the Bay’s ecosystems alive without having to leave the classroom! Students learn what species live in the Bay, their exclusive habitats, and what issues are threatening the Bay’s future. These hands-on activities are age-appropriate, follow the common core, and are FREE. In 2015, we educated over 1,400 students about the bay! We’ve already educated approximately 300 this year!

To view our individual lesson offerings, click the link Lesson Offerings

Barnegat Bay Defenders

This FREE program, designed especially for 4th-8th grade student advocates, combines current conservation issues with social studies. It promotes responsible action in local government and prepares students to develop their own Barnegat Bay Defenders Club at their school. With simple civics applications, such as writing an editorial, composing an appeal letter to government representatives, and even testifying at an environmental hearing on behalf of the Bay, students will become Barnegat Bay Defenders! Beach Haven Elementary School was our first school, with 64 students becoming Barnegat Bay Defenders, receiving Defenders Badges and certificates!

Bay Action Environmentalists (B.A.E.) (Coming in Fall 2016!)

Bringing action, leadership, and conservation to high school students, this FREE program offers an opportunity to get involved in Barnegat Bay issues right now! Students can take action by joining the B.A.E. Water Quality Network, a continuous stream monitoring program of the tributaries of the watershed. They can be leaders in the community by hosting an environmental event or creating a bay-friendly service project. Or they can learn about the many areas of conservation from the inspirational people in the field.

Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program

Since the program’s inception in 2007, Save Barnegat Bay has provided education awards to high school seniors and college students studying biological or ecological science for research in the Barnegat Bay Watershed. Independent Research Projects receive $1500 and Water Quality Team members receive $1000 each. This type of research not only provides a better understanding of the dynamics of the estuary, but allows students to take a proactive approach to protecting it. Funding for the grant awards is made possible by direct donation to the Save Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program Fund or in memoriam of Pete McLain, who founded this program.

To view past student projects, follow these links:
Independent Student Research
Water Quality Team Reports

*Applications for 2017 will open in February*


For more information about any of these programs, contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator at