DEP LAUNCHES ONLINE STAY-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES, LEARNING TOOLS AND VIRTUAL PARK VISITS

Through a series of stunning, even inspiring, videos, families can make virtual visits to popular parks and historic sites from High Point to Cape May Point. Visitors can:

*    Soar above the unique maritime forest that surrounds Barnegat Light, or Old Barney as the venerable lighthouse in Ocean County is affectionately known; enjoy a bird's-eye view of Batsto Village, the historic heart of the Pine Barrens in Wharton State Forest.

*    Explore the eerie, concrete gun emplacements of historic Fort Mott along the Delaware River in Salem County; enjoy stunning views of the pristine beaches and dunes of Island Beach State Park in Ocean County.

*    Tour the wetlands and beaches of the ecological gem that is Cape May Point State Park and soak in inspirational mountain views of High Point State Park in the extreme northwestern corner of the state in Sussex County. Families can also download and print coloring and activity books and enjoy photos and fun facts about New Jersey's wildlife. Links are also provided to distance-learning opportunities such as webinars and online classes from Rutgers University, New Jersey Audubon, the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education and others.

"Fifty years ago, New Jersey committed itself to a new legacy of environmental protection, cleaning our air, water and land. We celebrate that vision and re-commit ourselves to the new challenges of protecting against climate change" said Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.

"Although interactions with the natural world are limited for most environmental educators at this time, we are still able to honor our 50th anniversary by offering ANJEE's Remote EE Hub to all New Jerseyans," said Michael Chodroff, President of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education.

New Jersey's Division of Parks and Forestry is also bringing New Jersey's parks to visitors virtually.  Its popular #IHeartNJParks campaign now connects with the public through virtual access through its Facebook and Instagram pages

https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks/

https://www.instagram.com/newjerseystateparks