Tag: Events

NJSOC Celebrates the 2nd Annual Forest Fun Day!

The 2nd Annual Forest Fun Day took place on Saturday, August 13th and a fantastic time was had by all who participated. Gifted with beautiful weather, the day was filled with family activities, reunions with old friends, making new friends and of course, fishing, archery, boating, rock painting, hiking essentials, s’mores and ice-cream! Special

Summer Archery sizzles @NJSOC!

Yesterday, July 9th, our youth and adult Summer Archery programs began under the leadership and guidance of Ruth & John Goralski, our Level III Certified Coaches. The improvements to posture, stance and manual agility were already showing in our students who were scoring bullseyes by the end of the program!

Wild Edibles in July!

On Sunday, July 3rd, foragers welcomed the cool breezes and luscious greenery of the forest on campus as they learned about all the precious nutrients right at our feet! This course, taught by Joanne Lockwood, is one of our most popular due to the increased interest in learning about local

Kent Place School Joins NJSOC for Environmental Education Field Trip

The NJ School of Conservation was very proud to welcome the 5th graders of Kent Place School to our campus for a day of learning and fun! The students got to experience hands-on instruction in areas such as Wildlife Ecology, Archery, Canoeing, Water Ecology and Fishing, while being outdoors in

The 2022 Division of Fish And Wildlife Youth Fishing Competition @NJSOC!

On Sunday, June 5th, 2022 the NJ School of Conservation was thrilled have families gathered to participate in the NJ Divison of Fish & Wildlife Annual Youth Fishing Competition! We had multiple winners in our categories of: First Caught, Largest (from head to tail), Smallest (from head to tail), Most

Spring Archery Students Graduate!

In four weeks, under the careful guidance of our Coaches, Ruth and John, these students progressed so much! We saw an increase in confidence, strength and accuracy with several different types of bows and at increasing distances. It was a real treat to watch this growth, and we hope the

Spring Archery has sprung (or is it twanged?)@NJSOC!

We are all so pleased to share some pictures of our newest class of archers in our adult Spring Fling Program at the NJ School of Conservation! This group got an amazing start on Saturday, May 30th under the guidance of Ruth & John, our Class 3 Coaches/Instructors. This week’s

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

2022 Spring Fling Archery Program (Adults, 14+)

Explore Archery! This class will include basic archery skills, fun drills, and archery games. You pull back the bowstring. You stare downrange at the bullseye. Release! The arrow flies away and plunges into the target. Bullseye! Join the fun! Participants will be taught by USA Archery certified instructors. We will

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

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

Spring Tree Planting 2017 Followup

Friends – We were so disappointed that the change in plans due to the weather meant that some of you were not able to join us for last week’s tree planting. Although Saturday’s weather was not quite as rainy as expected, a look at the Flatbrook confirmed that canceling the

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.