Fifth grade students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison took a trip down to the Pine Barrens to discover and explore an interestingly unique ecosystem set right in the heart of New Jersey. With the guidance of Pineland Adventures leaders, students investigated its sandy topsoil, discovered indigenous plant life, observed and classified several aquatic inhabitants, and even took a canoe trip to observe a beaver lodge in the local swampland.
Students made connections about what they were seeing with such previously learned topics as plate tectonics, animal/plant adaptations, soil profiles, and symbiotic relationships, among many others.
Samina Aziz of Mountainside and Sydney Geissler of Metuchen explore in the Pine Barrens. Benjamin Kim of Springfield and Diya Patel of Iselin inspect what they found in the water during a trip to the Pine Barrens.