This week the Meadowlands Environment Center is holding a space camp for students entering the seventh grade. Tuesday’s session was about the sun, stars and planets, and students went outside to learn about the sun in whole new ways (see 1:45-minute video). MEC’s Laura Venner talked to the 15 students abot the sun and SOHO, an international project involving NASA and other space agencies to study the sun. The space camp, one of a half-dozen offered by MEC, a partnership between NJMC and Ramapo College, is designed to meet the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards. All MEC camps are held at the new Center for Environmental and Scientific Education (below), a “green” building that incorporates sustainable materials and alternative energy, in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.
This two-minute video is about the Harbor Herons Project, a collaboration of NYC Audubon, NJ Audubon, the Meadowlands Commission and many volunteers. It should be played with the "sound" on. Several great egrets and double-crested cormorant fledglings that were banded earlier this summer are now being spotted in the Meadowlands, confirmation that our marshes are pivotal to the success of herons in the entire metropolitan region. Here is a link to our previous post on the Harbor Herons Project, including a link to the project’s Web pages.
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