Information for Teachers and Students

PPA offers a variety of resources to educators and students, including teacher training, a Pinelands-based curriculum, and customized field trip experiences.

Image of Students from Medford's Memorial School hike across a footbridge on the Batona Trail.Students from Medford's Memorial School hike across a footbridge on the Batona Trail. © Kevin Sparkman

The Pine Barrens: Up Close & Natural Curriculum

PPA is pleased to offer this book of lesson plans and resources to educators interested in teaching about the New Jersey Pinelands, and in using the Pinelands as a vehicle to teach broader themes of ecology, biology, geology, history and social science.

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Teacher Resources & Training

PPA offers a variety of resources to teachers, including training programs, curricula, and customized field experiences.

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Black Run Summer Teacher Institute

For the last three years, Pinelands Preservation Alliance has held an intensive environmental education and stewardship institute for Evesham-area middle and high school teachers based on local conservation lands, called the Black Run Preserve, in the Pine Barrens of Evesham Township. See below for more details about the 2011 Black Run Summer Teacher Institiute (June 27 - July 1).The program is funded by the generous support of REI and The Watershed Institute.

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Pemberton Summer Teacher Institute

This program emphasizes place-based environmental education and stewardship. PPA is currently working with the Pemberton School District to coordinate between teachers, students, residents and local government to foster the long-term stewardship of several preserved open spaces within the Township. This program is funded by generous grants from Subaru of America Foundation and The Stone Foundation of New Jersey.

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Life Science Field Training Institute

A multi-day field science experience for educators to strengthen field-based investigations in their teaching and improve student performance.

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Here is a "heartsong" written by a Marlton Middle School student about the NJ Pinelands:

Pinelands Heartsong

Why do you pass me by,

Without a second glance?

As they rip out my soul

Branch by branch?

Industrialize! Commercialize!

They say and do this every day.

But I scream in protest,

To let me go from their metal grasp.

I was born in New Jersey,

And fear that's where I will die

Please help me soon,

Rid me of these malicious machines.

Iron, glass, cranberries,

They are all made and picked on me

I am used like a rag-

Torn up and thrown out to dry.

My animals, their habitats destroyed,

Have no place to go,

On their death bed they are,

Because of merciless men.

Farming was all over,

And put to good use,

Now with all these mini-malls,

I see no more open land

One more time I will plead,

For my life

And my species.

For when I am gone-

I will never come back.

Dillon McNamara

Marlton Middle School

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