Consortium Celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month
November is National American Indian Heritage Month and to celebrate the education staff of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) is offering their popular field trip program, Lenape and the Jersey Shore, at a reduced rate. The program, which can accommodate up to 25 students, is usually $265 but will be offered for $225 from October 21st to November 30th.
The Lenni Lenape were the original inhabitants of New Jersey with descendents still living in New Jersey’s coastal areas. They were New Jersey’s first farmers and spent part of each year living along the coast, including Sandy Hook, to hunt, fish, and utilize the abundant natural resources of the shore area.
Lenape and the Jersey Shore is conducted by NJSGC educators at their historic Fort Hancock Headquarters on Sandy Hook. This interactive, hands-on program allows students to become Lenape for the day as they explore the same coastal habitats (salt marsh, barrier beach, maritime forest) where the Lenape lived and sustained themselves. Discussion, observation, the showing and handling of artifacts, and hands-on activities that simulate traditional Lenape hunting, fishing and tool-making methods are all part of the program.
The program supports New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies and Science and includes problem solving, teamwork and an outdoor exploration of Sandy Hook’s marine environment from the perspective of a Native American. The program is available as a full or half day program.
For more information go to http://www.njseagrant.org/education/field-trips or to book a program call Cindi Valkos 732-872-1300, ext. 13.