Clean Ocean Action

Science Can Be A Day At The Beach

Clean Ocean Action's Student Summit expands learning beyond the classroom.  It is designed to provide middle school students (Grades 5-8) from throughout New Jersey with an opportunity to experience hands-on, marine environmental education at the Jersey shore.

The activities included in the Student Summit have been selected to present students with an interdisciplinary marine and environmental education experience that complements the Next Generation Science Standards.

Schools must apply to Clean Ocean Action for participation in this program and agree to the Terms of Participation.

Clean Ocean Action's Student Summits (program and materials) are FREE. Schools are responsible for transportation and lunches. To ensure a commitment from a school, a refundable deposit of $100 is required with the school's Summit application. The deposit will be returned to your school once the post-Summit evaluations have been submitted. 

Fall 2024 Student Summits: Upcoming!

  • Cape May Student Summit 

    • Returning to the Nature Center of Cape May for it's second year on October 3, 2024, the Cape May Student Summit is open to middle schools (5th-8th grade) of these southern NJ counties*: Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem.

  • Island Beach State Park Student Summit 

    • Returning to IBSP for it's 36th year on October 10. 2024, the Island Beach State Park Student Summit will be open for middle schools (5th-8th grade) of these central/southern NJ counties*: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Ocean.

*If a date or location works better for a southern NJ middle school, they can apply to attend the Island Beach State Park or Cape May Summit, regardless of county. 

Please note: On the date of the Student Summit, participants will be required to comply with all applicable COVID measures recommended by the CDC and all such requirements imposed by the State of NJ. 

2025 Sandy Hook Student Summit:

  • The Sandy Hook Student Summit will be returning for it's 37th year in May 2025. It is open for middle schools (5th- 8th grade) from *eligible central and northern NJ counties: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Passaic and Morris.

    • The application for Sandy Hook Student Summit will open November 2024.

    • *Acceptions for non-eligible counties may be made upon request. For consideration, the school must apply and guarantee their ability to arrive to the Summit location by the 8:45 am start time. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Watch for a Glimpse Into a Day at the Student Summit

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  • The Staten Island Student Summit will return for its 6th year to Great Kills Park, Staten Island. Please keep an eye out for the spring 2025 date. This exciting event will be open for middle schools (5th- 8th grade) of Staten Island.


49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

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