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. 

2023 Upcoming Summits:

Spring Students Summits:

  • The Sandy Hook Student Summit will be returning for it's 35th year on May 17th and/or 18th, 2023.  It is open for middle schools (5th-8th grade) of these central and northern NJ counties: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Passaic and Morris.

  • The Staten Island Student Summit will be returning to Great Kills Park, Staten Island on April 27th, 2023! This exciting event will be open for middle schools (5th-8th grade) of Staten Island. 

Fall Student Summits:

  • The Island Beach State Park Student Summit will return for it's 35th year in October 2023. It is open for middle schools (5th-8th grade) of these central/southern NJ counties*: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Ocean.

  • The Cape May Student Summit will return for it's second year in October 2023. It is open for middle schools (5th-8th grade) of these southern NJ counties*: Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem.

*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. 


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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