Category: Blog

Spring into Wild Edibles @NJSOC!

Saturday, April 23rd was a beautiful day on the NJSOC Campus for our wonderful Wild Edibles Program, led by Joanne Lockwood! Participants learned how to correctly identify nutritious and plentiful ingredients such as Trout Lily, Bedstraw, Garlic Mustard and more! If you would like to learn about foraging and the

Sistas Afield Part II at NJSOC on 4/9/22

We have been so proud to be a part of the NJDEP Sistas Afield Program that brings families together over a 6 week session to learn fishing, water ecology, specimen identification, catching (fly fishing & spin casting), preparing and ultimately cooking the “big catch”! This program is simply AMAZING and

Stream Stomp Fun at NJSOC

We were honored to Co-Host the Stream Stomp Program with the NJ Watershed Ambassadors team on Saturday, 4/2/22 and help families learn about the aquatic Macroinvertebrates that live in the streams at the NJ School of Conservation and how they can be used to understand stream health.We found some amazing

Sistas Afield Fishing Program @NJSOC!

On Saturday, March 26th, the NJ School of Conservation was proud to host part one of “Sistas Afield” Fishing Program by the NJ DEP Fish & Wildlife staff. In this introduction, women and their children mastered the basics of angling, knot tying, fishing safety, fish anatomy and casting techniques. You

Save NJSOC Update

The Friends of NJSOC is entering into the next phase of saving the School of Conservation with the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as our partners. We are meeting regularly with NJDEP and together we are learning as much as we can about the physical operation of SOC’s facilities.  At

70th Anniversary program and SOC history booklet

Couldn’t make it to our 70th Anniversary Celebration in October? We now have PDF versions of the program and SOC History available. Head over to our Media & Press page to download them!

Winter Fun Day

Friends – We hope you are enjoying your winter. It has been a relatively mild one so far.  Very little snow and no ice to skate on (yet!).  Despite that, the Friends have decided to hold a winter weekend at SOC.  We are planning to gather on Saturday, February 22

SOC 70th Anniversary Weekend Schedule

The 70th Anniversary of SOC will be a time to reflect on our shared history, engage in fun activities, enjoy good food, and sing around a campfire. Best of all, it will be a time to reunite with old friends, and share happy memories. For your convenience, here is the

Kiosk Update

A Gift from Friends The kiosk is delivered! We wanted to give our friends and members an opportunity to participate in the completion of the John J. Kirk Memorial Kiosk on Piney Point. The structure has been delivered and officers and members are working on finalizing the content that will

Save the Date – SOC 70th Anniversary and Family Fun Weekend!

Our Annual Family Fun weekend, which is Saturday, October 12th  through Sunday, October 13th, is now two full days of activities. On Saturday, we will celebrate the 70-year history of the School of Conservation from the early days to the present. We have assembled an exciting lineup of speakers to share

Welcome our new officer!

Dear Friends, it is with great pleasure that we tell you, that your officers unanimously voted to have Mary Jane Davis join us as an Officer of the Friends of SOC (read her bio here). Her reliable participation in Friends events, combined with her love of the SOC, knowledge of its history,

Legacy Trees update

Friends – We are happy to report that the last of your Legacy trees will be delivered to Piney Point next week. This means that our magical place will be on track for full restoration. This could not have happened without your support and help. Thank you. On Sunday, May

John Kirk’s Legacy

Dr. John J. Kirk passed away peacefully on the morning of September 2nd, 2017. On the evening of September 7th, Jerry Schierloh, Assistant Director of NJSOC under Dr. Kirk, gave a special tribute. The transcript follows. Gathering of Friends and Family Goble Funeral Home Sparta, New Jersey September 7, 2017 JOHN

Save the Dates!

It’s cold and snowy outside, but the Friends are busy making plans for the year ahead! Two events to make note of: Saturday, May 6: CCC TREE PLANTING The Friends will be planting your brand new Red Pine CCC Tree. Stay tuned for information about the day and volunteer opportunities. Saturday-Sunday, October

Family Fun Weekend 2016

Friends – Below is the preliminary schedule for the Family Fun Weekend of October 7-9, 2016 (Download PDF). Register now!

Piney Point Tree Planting Weekend

27 trees were planted on Piney Point on May 6-7, 2016. Twenty of these were Legacy Trees, purchased and donated by Friends members and other individuals in honor of loved ones and relevant concepts. The trees were planted by Friends members and NJSOC staff. The planting was followed by a

Family Fun Weekend 2015

The officers of the Friends of SOC: Shayne Russell, Abby Farber, Kerry Kirk Pflugh, Alberto Fernandez and Steve Weintraub would like to thank every one of you who have contributed, attended, and supported the (re)creation of the Friends and our inaugural weekend.