Through its educational arm, the Meadowlands Environment Center, the NJMC has an extensive outreach program that connects area students with the natural world.
Last week, for example, seventh- and eighth-graders from the Belleville Middle School's Science Club learned how -- and why -- Meadowlands Commission naturalists are banding birds in North Arlington.
The students, with teacher Peter Ayala, also toured Harrier Meadow in North Arlington and explored DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst -- with a chance to use dip nets to collect aquatic samples at the dock by the Transco Trail (image below).
In addition to netting killifish and grass shrimp, the students were lucky enough to catch a pipefish.
For more information on the MEC's educational programs, click here.
COMING WEDNESDAY: A look at what the students found swimming in a tidal impoundment at DeKorte Park.