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On Board Activities

Crabbing (Sandy Hook Only)

Students will work in groups to bait and set their own crab traps at the beginning of the trip and retrieve the traps at the end.  A little team-building is thrown into the mix with a competition to see which group catches more crabs.  We’ll have some fun with this, but with commercial fisheries at the forefront of many environmental debates, there are some very important lessons to be learned here too.

Trawl Net Specimen Collection

Students will use a trawl net to collect live marine specimens.  A handful of student volunteers help deploy the net and everyone on board helps to pull it up.  What better way to learn about hard manual labor than to actually be forced into it, right?  Once “the catch” is on board, it is sorted and the students will learn interesting facts about each of the specimens.  A variety of crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, fish, and algae are always a likely catch.  This is one of the highlights of the trip.

Plankton Studies

You will be amazed by what you see in one drop of water!  After towing a plankton net, our instructors will use microscopes and HD video equipment to introduce your group to the amazing world of Plankton inside our “Plankton Lab”.  Students will get a brief overview from instructors then divide into smaller groups to view and identify planktonic organisms.

Live Animal Touch Tank

There is no better way to learn about sea creatures than to get hands-on.  The instructors will introduce the students to a variety of live marine organisms and give them the opportunity to touch them while learning about them.

Horseshoe Crabs

The Delaware Bay has a higher concentration of horseshoe crabs than anywhere else on planet earth.  Students will be enlightened to the importance of these amazing “living fossils” while learning about their adaptations, anatomy, life cycles, and more.

Teachers/Chaperones:    Teachers attend programs free of charge!  However, parent/non-teacher chaperones will be charged at the student rate and we expect all chaperones to be involved in the program, assisting the students and our instructors, and setting a good example.

The following adult to student ratios are required for our programs:
Grades 2-4:      1 adult for every 5 students
Grades 5-8:      1 adult for every 8 students
Grades 9-12     1 adult for every 15 students

Group Sizes:  Due to boat sizes and safety regulations, group size limits are strict.  Sandy Hook programs can accommodate up to 115 people, but it not recommended to exceed 80 people.

Sandy Hook Location and Boat Information: The boat dock is located in Keyport, Monmouth County, New Jersey.  The cruise will take the group via the protected waterways of the Raritan Bay into the beautiful Sandy Hook Bay.  The boat does not travel far from shore.

We will be using a boat named The Captain John which is owned and operated by CJFC, LLC, a fully insured charter boat company.  The vessel is U.S. Coast guard inspected and certified and is extremely safe with ample seating, shelter, and two small bathrooms.

Registration Procedure:  Reservations are made by email (preferred) or phone on a first come first served basis.  Please email to book a program.