Families frolicked at Forest Fun Day!

Who ever knew you could have so much fun in a single day? Any one of the almost 100 people who attended Forest Fun Day found this out for themselves and now know just how much there is to learn

Wilderness Survival and Bushwacking

A young team of intrepid adventurers joined Dr. Jim Merritt on a hike through the woods of Stokes Forest.  Along the way, they paused to review their surroundings and determine what if anything was available in the forest for them

Hiking Navigation Workshop

NJSOC was back action on Saturday in partnership with the National Association for Search and Rescue! John Rovetto, Mountain Travel and Rescue adviser for the NJ region of the National Ski Patrol, a NY State Licensed guide, a member of

Dendrology and Tree Biology

Jon Connolly is the President of Sussex County Community College. He is also a research biologist with a Forest Science degree and extensive knowledge of tree anatomy and physiology. He shared this expertise on a walk through the forest with

Hooked on Fishing – A Day of Fish and Fun

They arrived with rods, reels, buckets, worms, and waders anticipating a day of fish and fun, and Lake Wapalanne did not disappoint. Within seconds of the start whistle and 38 anglers dropping their lines in the water, the first fish

NJSOC 72nd Anniversary Celebration and Open House

Despite rain, wind, winter like temperatures, and a power outage, the Friends’ Open House was a HUGE success. Thirty-nine stalwart souls braved the elements and joined us on tours, participated in rock art, learned about turtle research and even went

Searching for Salamanders – A Perfect Day

Saturday, May 15, 2021 was a great Spring day in many ways. The sun was shining and a cool morning gave way to a warm 70 degree afternoon, a perfect day to look for critters. The best part was that

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


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

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!

I went into the woods…

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that

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