Pinelands Institute of Natural & Environmental Studies
     
 

P.I.N.E.S.The P.I.N.E.S. program operates in cooperation with Brendan T. Byrne State Forest to provide educational programs featuring the natural and cultural history of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Programs include school field trips, in-school presentations, adult group presentations, teacher workshops, and special events.

Mission: To provide opportunities for people to be immersed in local habitats, to foster awareness of all living things within those habitats and to help people discover their past and present connection to the land.

Location: Our center is located in historic Whitesbog Village, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, just outside of Browns Mills, New Jersey.

 
     
  On Site Program Accessibility: The General Store, meeting room & restroom are easy to get to. There is limited accessibility to some buildings. Some sand roads & pathways are reachable to motorized carts and wheelchairs  
     
  To Schedule A Program Please Call: (609) 893-1765, (609) 893-1783 or email us at pines@bcc.edu  
     
     
  Visiting Teacher Resources  
 
Explore the New Jersey Pine Barrens - Video & Quiz
 
 
Cranberry Harvest Classes Now, Call 609-893-1765
 
     
 
Pineland Institute for Natural and Environmental Studies (P.I.N.E.S.)
a program of Burlington County College
 

Location:
Historic Whitesbog Village in the Pine Barrens is located in Browns Mills, Burlington County, New Jersey. 
We are surrounded by beautiful forests, wetlands and cranberry bogs.

 

Contact Information:
P.I.N.E.S., Burlington County College, 120-13 North Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. 08015
Office Phone Number: 609-893-1765; Fax Number: 609-893-6417
Email Address: pines@bcc.edu

 

Upcoming P.I.N.E.S. Programs
For more information about these programs, call (609) 894-9311 x2530.  
To register, call (609) 894-9311 x3027

Tundra Swan Tours

Enjoy a power point presentation of our stunning winter visitors in the Pinelands of New Jersey. Topics will include: general characteristics, migration, nesting, breeding, feeding, and behaviors of these beautiful birds. Then walk or drive to their habitat for observations. Pre-registration is required. Fee $10 **Wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. **Binoculars are recommended. Location: Historic  Whitesbog Village

CFG 447 80-1 Session               Tuesday, January 14, 2014       Time:  10:00 am-12:00 pm                                

CFG 447 81 -1 Session              Tuesday, February 4, 2014       Time:  10:00 am-12:00 pm

 

NEW!! Owl Prowl

Most active during this time of year, the great horned owl is busy getting ready for mating/nesting season. There will be a brief introduction to native owls and their behaviors to help you make observations on your evening walk in the woods. Wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.  Binoculars and flashlight are also recommended.  Pre-registration is required.  Saturday, February 15, 2014    Fee: $10 

CFG 522 80 - 1 session                    Location:  Historic Whitesbog Village          Time: 5:00pm – 7:00 pm

 

Fire in the Pines Van Tour

Travel to a controlled burn site to learn about maintenance and the re-growth of the forest after a fire. Learn about the species adapted to survive and thrive after a fire. Pre-registration is required.  Wednesday, March 12, 2014    Fee: $10

CFG 539 80 - 1 Session                     Location:  Pemberton       Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Pine Barrens Ecology & History Van Tour

This guided tour will feature swamps, pine & oak forests, cedar water, mudflats & more. Along the way, your feet will stay dry as the “Nature in a Bag” kits bring the Pine Barrens right to you.  Science and history are integrated as you explore the cultural history of this region shaped by local people who discovered and utilized the natural resources of the pines. Pre-registration is required.  Tuesday, April 8, 2014    Fee:  $10

CFG 244 80 - 1 Session                      Location:  Pemberton      Time:  10:00 am-12:00 pm

 

Spring Flowers in the Pines Walk

See a beautiful array of flowering plants on this walking tour of the Pine Barrens in the spring. Realize the adaptations of these magnificent specimens to the unique conditions and diverse habitats in the Pines.  Pre-registration is required.  Monday, April 28, 2014    Fee: $10

CFG 538 80-1 Session                      Location:  Historic Whitesbog Village   Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 
 
     
 
 
     
  We Offer:
  • On-site field trips
  • In-school presentations
  • On-site adult group presentations
  • Bus tours, car caravan and walking tours
  • Hands-on adult group programs
  • Presentations we can bring to your location
  • Teachers workshops
  • Jobs and internships
  • Links to related sites
 
   
  Offered Courses by Grade:  
 
 
     
 
School Programs
 
  Curriculum Goal for School Programs: To provide creative delivery of outdoor educational programs designed to supplement & reinforce what is being taught in the classroom.  
     
  NJ Core Curriculum Standards:
All lesson activities are correlated with the NJ Core Curriculum Standards. For details, call and request the Lesson Outline for the topic of your interest. Each Outline features instructional objectives, an activity list with applicable core curriculum objectives, and suggested pre-and post- trip activities.
 
     
  What Classroom Teachers Have Said About Our Lessons:
  • “This program does a wonderful job of relating natural resources and community in a concrete way to the students”
  • “The program satisfied many state & district standards & benchmarks”
  • “The environmental message is one we try to foster in our classroom and this made it very real for the children.
  • “This is a well-run program. The staff bends over backwards to meet the needs of the participants.”
  • “Please continue these programs. They are wonderful hands-on experiences. They’re among the best class trips I’ve ever been on.”
 
     
 
On-Site School Field Trips
 
   
 

The New Jersey Cranberry Industry
Where does our food really come from? Explore the soil and water in the wetland habitat of the native cranberry plant. Activities include a short slide presentation of early cranberry farming at Whitesbog; a journey into the bog to investigate the soil, plant life, & other living things; observation of modern harvesting operation, if in progress; and a chance to pick cranberries by hand from old bogs. Best scheduled for - October. (K to College)

Life in a Company Town
After its founding by J.J. White in the late 1800’s, Whitesbog became an important company town for the cranberry industry. Students will hunt for clues around the historic village, participate in old time house chores, and do some farm work in the cranberry bog. Through these activities students will experience what life was like a century ago, and become acquainted with our connection to the land through farming. Best scheduled for November - June. (3rd grade to College)

 
     
 
Water Quality
Why is the abundance and quality of water an important feature of the New Jersey Pine Barrens? Using water test kits, students will study water quality and then discuss its effect on the plants and animals of the Pine Barrens. May be scheduled at any time. (4th grade to College)
 
     
 
Trees of the Pines
Students will use their senses as they identify common Pine Barrens tree species in their natural habitats.  Hands-on activities will include:  exploring diverse forest habitats, looking for animal use of trees(or dependence on trees), and recording observations through nature Journaling.  Discussion topics will include:  tree anatomy and physiology and effects of climate change and human impacts on forest ecology.
Best scheduled for April - November. (3rd grade and up)
 
     
 
Pine Barrens Ecology
Students will work in teams using equipment to collect information on water & soil pH, soil composition, percolation, habitat characteristics, plant identification and animal signs. Activities will be conducted in upland, lowland and cedar swamp communities. Students will use the results of their investigations to describe the characteristics of each community & the importance of each as a habitat for specific animals. Best scheduled for November - early April. (4th grade to College)
 
     
 
Lenape Living in the Pines
Students will help construct a wigwam, make flour, prepare a winter snack and topical medicines, assist in re-telling Lenape stories, play traditional games and participate in dance. This course emphasizes our past and present connection to the Earth, and the need to think about our impact for the future. Thirty minutes of class will be conducted outside; in extreme weather, all activities will be conducted indoors.
Scheduled for January and February. (3rd grade to College)
 
     
 

Exploring Freshwater Wetlands
Students will venture into the depths of 5 different wetland areas. By exploring the habitat, taking measurements, recording observations, and investigating the plant and animal life in each area, students will become aware of the relationship between living organisms and their habitat. Best scheduled for April - June. (5th grade to College)

Pond Ecology
A lesson based on discovering the multitude of living things found in freshwater habitats. Students will use nets to find what lives in a pond, use binoculars to observe bird life in a swamp, visit the “listening” station along mudflats of the canal, and see organisms under a micro-projector that are small enough to live in a drop of water. Students will explore the interdependence and adaptations of plants and animals that live in these wet areas. Best scheduled for April – June. (K to College)

 
     
 
Autumn in the Pines
Students will take a journey with “Tundra Swanicus” to explore migration, go on a harvest adventure to find signs of seasonal survival, find habitat clues along grassy vole trails, and investigate the seasonal changes for plants at interactive stations. Best scheduled for October – November. (PreK to 4th grade)
 
 
 
 
 
Spring Adventures
The adventures in this lesson focus on developing a sense-of-wonder through immersion in habitats, and first hand exploration of what lives in those habitats. Activities include: catching frogs in a net, finding tiny animals that live in pond water, crawling through a “mole tunnel”, digging through leaf litter, observing birds at feeders, and building a nest like a bird. Best scheduled for April – June. (PreK to 4th grade)
 
 
 
 
 
Cost: $12/ student, minimum charge of $200.00 per group. Five adults per class, including teacher, are free; additional adults, $12 each.
 
 
 
 
 
Time: Lessons are designed for a 10am to 2pm time period, but can be tailored to your individual needs.
 
 
 
 
 
In-School Presentation
 
 
We bring Pine Barrens nature and culture into your classroom
 
 
 
 
 

Pine Barrens Ecology Lab –1 hour
In this lab students will investigate the relationships between soil, water, plants, and animals of the Pine Barrens. Activities include identifying soil types, comparing particle size, measuring the water holding capacity of soils, identifying seeds, testing a seed’s relationship to duff, identifying fuel that causes fire, examining bark from trees, identifying plants, & testing water pH. (4th grade and beyond)
Cost: $150 + mileage, maximum enrollment 25/class, $50 per additional class.
Time: Any time between 10am-2pm

Fire Ecology Lab – 1 hour
This lab introduces students to the conditions that create a fire-prone environment. Activities are similar to the above lab; however, the focus is on the relationship of the soil & plant life to the frequency of forest fires.
Cost: $150 + mileage, maximum enrollment 25/class, $50 per additional class.
Time: Any time between 10am-2pm

Lenape Living In the Pine Barrens
Students will help construct a wigwam, make flour, prepare a winter snack and topical medicines, assist in re-telling Lenape stories, play traditional games and participate in dance. This course emphasizes our past and present connection to the Earth, and the need to think about our impact for the future.
Cost: $250 + mileage, maximum enrollment 25 students /class. $50 per additional class.
Time: Anytime between 10am-2pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bus Tours, Car Caravan, and Walking Tours
 
 
Pine Barrens Ecology – 2 hrs
Experience the beauty and natural wonders of the Pine Barrens as you travel down the back roads of the Pines. Our trip guide will take you through acres of forested land featuring: cool dark cedar swamps, beautiful wet meadows, cranberry bogs and blueberry fields. At each stop, your guide will lead you to explore the Pine Barrens without leaving your seat. Our “Nature in a Bag” kits bring the sights, sounds, smells & textures right into your bus or vehicle. A fun trivia game will challenge what you learn along the way. Our journey ends at the historic Whitesbog General Store for refreshments and an old- fashioned shopping experience. Cost: $10/person, minimum group charge $150, maximum group size 35. *Program available via your bus or caravan
 
 
 
 
 

Whitesbog Village History Tour – 2hrs
Enjoy a slice of rural history as your guide takes you on a tour of this early 20th century cranberry and blueberry farm. Revisit the lives of workers in this company town as we tour the village to:

  • see the worker’s cottages, schoolhouse, pay master’s office, the picker’s village of Florence, cranberry bogs and blueberry fields
  • experience the stories and artifacts behind the industry related buildings such as the Barrel Factory, where thousands of barrels were made by a cooper and a team of workers
  • imagine the sounds of tens of thousands of bouncing cranberries
  • as you wander in the Agricultural Museum displaying cranberry sorting machines, sorting tables, hand tools, and many photographs of the days when cranberries were picked by hand, packed in barrels and shipped by rail.
  • hear the voice of Elizabeth C. White, outside her home called Suningive, as she recounts her work on the cultivation of the blueberry at Whitesbog
  • join in the small-town, community atmosphere in the 1920’s General Store as you shop and socialize with the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee in the air

Cost: $10/person, minimum group charge $150, maximum group size 35. *Program available via your bus, car or walking tour.

 
 
 
 
 
The Cranberry Industry at Whitesbog -Then & Now – 2hrs
Discover the journey of the cranberry from bog to barrel and beyond. Your tour guide will take you back to a 1920’s farm work-day through an historical slide presentation, visit to a workers cottage, barrel factory, agricultural museum, and General Store. Your tour will include an interpretive drive of the bogs and observation of modern harvesting operation, if in progress. Along the way, your feet will stay dry as you explore the “Bog in a Bag” featuring vines, berries, sand, and muck. For the adventurous, we will conclude with an optional excursion into the cranberry wetlands. Cost: $10/person, minimum group charge $150, maximum group size 35. *Program available via your bus, car or walking tour.
 
 
 
 
 
Hands-On Adult Group Programs
 
 
At Your Location or Ours
 
 
Pine Barrens Ecology Lab – 1½ hours
An indoor field trip- The Pine Barrens of New Jersey has many special ecological characteristics. Why is the soil dry, the vegetation flammable, and the water brown? Participants in this program will work in small teams at hands-on stations to experiment with the soil, seeds, leaves, bark and water of the Pine Barrens.
Characteristics of different communities and their importance as a habitat for specific plants & animals will be discussed.
Cost: $10/person, minimum group charge of $150, maximum group size 25. An optional 1-hour walk may be scheduled following the lab for $20 additional fee.
 
     
 

Fire in the Pine Barrens Lab -1½ hours
An indoor field trip- How do the vegetation and conditions of the Pine Barrens contribute to frequent fires? Participants in this program will work in small teams at hands-on stations similar to the program above. In a follow-up discussion participants will gain an understanding as to why fires are common, and in what way they affect plants and animals.
Cost: $10/person, minimum group charge of $125, maximum group size 25. An optional 1 hour walk may be scheduled following the lab for $20 additional fee.

Lenape Living in the Pines - 2 hours
This program emphasizes our past and present connection to the earth, and the need to think about our impact for the future. Participants will work in teams to help construct a wigwam, grind flour, prepare a winter snack, make topical medicine from local plants, play traditional games & music. Thirty minutes of this lesson will be conducted outdoors; in extreme weather, all activities will be conducted indoors. Scheduled in January and February
Cost: $12/person, minimum group charge $200, maximum group size 25.

 
     
  Teacher Workshops  
 
If you would like to be on the mailing list for upcoming workshops and public events, contact us at (609) 893-1765, (609) 893-1783, or pines@bcc.edu with your mailing address & e-mail address.
 
     
 
Jobs and Internships
 
 
Opportunities available for teaching, curriculum development, and special projects related to science and history education. Call us for more information. 609-893-1765
 
     
 
Links to Related Sites
 
  Whitesbog Preservation Trust
-historical photos & info on Village
www.whitesbog.org
609-893-4646
 
     
 

Pinelands Preservation Alliance
-background on issues, teacher workshops, classroom resources
www.pinelandsalliance.org
609-589-8860

Pinelands Commission
-curriculum, kids activities, research, issues
www.nj.gov/pinelands
609-894-7300

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
-exploring & camping in the pine barrens
www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks
609-723-1191

Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE)
-conference, workshops for formal & non-formal educators
www.ANJEE.net
908-766-5787

 
 
 
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