Category: Press Releases

To preserve conservation education, fund the school that does it best 

Middle school science teacher, KC Bree, understands the positive and impactful influence that NJSOC has on children when they visit campus to have a hands-on learning experience. Bree is now calling upon lawmakers in Trenton to do what they can to support SOC and it’s future. Read more about it at

School of Conservation faces financial challenge

We are doing all that we can to ensure that our request for $3 million is fully funded by the state. Full funding will allow us to continue operating as staff, upgrading facilities, and providing environmental education to teachers and students across NJ. Read about it at

Op-Ed: Lawmakers must step up and save the New Jersey School of Conservation

For school students and teachers across NJ, there are many impactful and valuable experiences to be had here at SOC. For physical education teacher, Bob LoCantore, it was disheartening to learn that we will be facing a 60% budget cut from the state, and is now calling upon the Governor’s office for action. Read about it at

NJ School of Conservation a resource for educators

We are not only excited to offer programming to students following our reopening, but to teachers as well. By adapting our teacher programs to meet the state’s new climate change curriculum, and introducing social and emotional lessons into our student programs, we hope to help meet the changing needs of 21st century education. Read about it at

“Stoked” for a Homecoming

The beloved Stokes Music Camp has been a part of our history since its founding in 1993 by Montclair State University professor, Ruth Rendleman. We are thrilled to welcome them back to our campus this summer! Read about it at Montclair.EDU

New Jersey School of Conservation taps Kerry Kirk Pflugh as Executive Director

On the heels of signing a historic 20-year lease with NJDEP and relaunching overnight educational programming for schools, the New Jersey School of Conservation makes leadership moves SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A lifelong conservationist, civil servant, and environmental advocate has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director at

Historic New Jersey School of Conservation Given New Lease on Life with new Agreement from NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Even as Challenges Remain

Contact: Anthony Campisi (732) 266-8221 SANDYSTON, N.J. – Marking a major milestone in the continued revitalization of the historic New Jersey School of Conservation, the non-profit charged with managing the school has signed a 20-year lease with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. This agreement between the Friends of

Environmental Advocates Hail Final Passage of Bill to Preserve Renowned New Jersey School of Conservation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 17, 2022 Contact: Ed PotosnakCell: (732) 991-7574Office: 609-331-9922 Environmental Advocates Hail Final Passage of Bill to Preserve Renowned New Jersey School of Conservation Environmental supporters across New Jersey have issued the following statements celebrating final passage of legislation designed to preserve the internationally recognized New Jersey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kerry Kirk Pflugh, President, Friends of NJSOC | Cell/Text: 908-887-2274Shayne Russell, Vice President, Friends of NJSOC | 609-654-1410Email: NJ SOC SENDING OUT AN “SOS”: NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PILLAR OF OUTDOOR LEARNING ON VERGE OF CLOSING IN STATE FUNDING CRISIS National Leader in Outdoor Education for 70 years, New Jersey School