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The Berkeley Times - April 4,2015



April 30,2014 - Berkeley Times

Potter CreekCrusader Teams Search ForEnvironmental Contaminates

 Potter Creek Crusader teams examined areas inand around the creek near Berkeley Township Elementary School learning how to search for environmental contaminates. Teams were instructed by Greg DePaul, emergency response specialist with the NJ State Police Hazardous MaterialsResponse Unit. The students used field testing equipment to collect bothwater and soil samples. They recorded the information gathered and createdtheir own scenarios with the collected “evidence.” For more information aboutthe Potter Creek Crusaders and their new book “Beyond the Shadow,” please search www.pottercreekcrusaders.org .


June 3, 2012 Berkeley Patch- Patricia Miller

Potter Creek Crusaders Receive Guardian of Barnegat Bay Award

June 2012  Asbury Park Press - by Kirk Moore

Bay Guardians to Be Honored at Festival

Students at the Berkeley Township Elementary School, a soil expert, and Brick’s water and sewer agency will be honored as “Guardians of Barnegat Bay” when the 15th annual Barnegat Bay Festival is held Sunday in Island Heights, according to organizers...

October 12, 2011 The Berkeley Times

BTES Students Help Save Potter Creek

September 26, 2011 Berkeley Patch

Saving Potter Creek, One Student at a Time  by Joe Zedalis

May 21,2010 Asbury Park Press

Berkeley Twp. elementary students study Barnegat Bay by Bonnie Delaney

April 9,2010 Asbury Park Press  

Check out the Photos    Potter Creek Crusaders Field Trip to Barnegat Bay     (Click thumbnails to see all the photos)

May 21,2009     Berkeley Times     Potter Creek Crusaders Achieve Goal

OCEAN COUNTY - The Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program helped BTES fund a program that would enhance their students' existing natural resource programs, such as Trout in the Classroom and the Rain Garden Project. The district has been a leader in the field of environmental studies for over 40 years.

As Potter Creek Crusaders, a group of sixth grade students were able to expand their experiences by exploring the Potter Creek Watershed. They identified and compiled an inventory of the vegetation and wildlife indigenous to the area. They also learned about the Public Land Act, the significance of the area's rescue from development and the important connection between Potter Creek and the Barnegat Bay National Estuary.

BTES staff and several retired educators provided the basic instruction. They were assisted by educators from the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, the Ocean County Parks System, the NJ Forest Resource Education Center, Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center and the Berkeley Historical Society.

The Potter Creek Crusaders used digital photography to capture what they saw and learned about at the creek. They were able to use these photos to teach others the area's importance. This was done by publishing a book entitled, "Lens on Potter Creek," creating and distributing the brochures, presenting assemblies to their fellow students and by creating an impressive photo display. The presentation was also given at the 12th Annual Barnegat Bay Roundtable on April 29. The photo display can be seen at the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library System. It will be housed there for the entire month of May.

The group's goal was to help educate others about Potter Creek and the Barnegat Bay Estuary. The group achieved their goal in many ways and in the process the students have become a small young band of enthusiastic environmental advocates.

Spring 2009 Issue - BBNEP newsletter

Click here  to read about the PCC in the Barnegat Bay Beat a quarterly publication of the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program

May 7,2009      Times Beacon 

March 27,2009    Asbury Park Press   A Little Rain Only Enhances the Forest: Potter Creek Crusaders Learn All About Trees
by Bonnie Delaney

April 21,2007   Asbury Park Press      115 Acres Protected On Potter Creek (NJ)

         Berkeley Township, NJ, 4/21/2007: Public and private partners that worked together to protect 115 acres on Potter Creek gathered today with U.S. Representative Jim Saxton -- on the weekend of the nation's 37th Earth Day-- to highlight the permanent protection of this land for public use

    ...A highlight of the event, was the participation of students from Berkeley Township Elementary School , who recently received a grant to enhance their environment and conservation library resources and to become more connected with the outdoors by visiting local parks and conducting research.

    "It was great to have the students come out and participate in this Earth Day event and to see first hand the partnership effort that protected critical land for the Barnegat Bay in their own backyard," said Kathy Palagonia, BTES Media Specialist. "This celebration was a great opportunity for the students to enhance their awareness and strengthen their appreciation for the natural environment