TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey School of Conservation has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation, an organization that supports the school, is getting much-needed support from Assemblyman Ron Dancer to ensure that it stays open to help students, campers, counselors, teachers, and researchers.
“For over seventy years the school of conservation has been a world-class environmental center,” said Dancer (R-Monmouth). “Without it, teachers and students will lose an important resource to continue environmental education. There is a plan in place to keep it open that deserves support from the legislature.”
The school is managed by Montclair State University, but financial hardship from the pandemic is forcing the college to transfer management to the state Department of Environmental Protection by Sept. 1.
The Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation has offered to manage the school in the meantime, and is seeking private donations and investments to keep it open long-term.
Dancer introduced a resolution (ACR189) Thursday expressing support for the organization’s plan to save the school.