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Marine Activities, Resources and Education (MARE) PDF Print E-mail

MARE: a whole-school interdisciplinary science program developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science offering year-round professional development opportunities, including events that immerse your whole school - faculty, students and families-in the study and celebration of the ocean.


New Jersey MARE Regional Training Center

The Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University has been a MARE Regional Training Center since 1995. Starting with Robert Hunter School in Hunterdon County, MARE has been implemented in over 50 schools in New Jersey, providing hundreds of educators with the skills to practice interdisciplinary learning in creative and innovative ways with over 20,000 students.

Top Five Reasons Your School Should Adopt the MARE Program in New Jersey

  1. MARE mapMARE is taught by leading educators and scientists from New Jersey's state university. The program is fun, informative, and uses lessons and resources to effectively communicate the nature of science to K-5 students.
  2. Teacher professional development and curriculum focus on the integration of literacy with science. MARE offerings emphasize language acquisition and development techniques for including English language learners.
  3. MARE is a whole school program, allowing a school to create positive change across grade level and even within the community. With a relatively small amount of support and facilitation, school sites can become powerful agents of grass roots educational change. MARE has documented surprising improvements in teacher collaboration and collegiality and school climate and culture in schools using the program.
  4. The program is aligned with and supports the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for math, science, language arts literacy, social studies, arts, and physical education. Rutgers has done extensive independent evaluation on the impacts of MARE.
  5. Teachers at MARE schools can use the thematic program at their own pace throughout the year as a vehicle to coordinate and integrate their science instruction in the school. At each grade level, MARE focuses on a different marine habitat and provides inquiry-based, hands-on activities, covering an integrated treatment of earth & physical science.

2009 - 2010 MARE Student Summit (grades 3-5 and 6-8)

This year, we are doing something a little different!  We cordially invite 20 MARE teachers and their students to celebrate MARE at Rutgers University.  MARE teachers and their students are invited to attend this unique and exciting event.


  • Step 1: MARE Teachers Attend the Summer Institute (August 10-13, 2009 @ the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton NJ)
    We are delighted to offer the 2009 MARE Summer Leadership Institute with the support of the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation, the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Rutgers University. Join us for this exciting opportunity to participate in classroom and field experiences in a variety of New Jersey's marine and coastal habitats. Go boating on Barnegat Bay and get up close and personal with a variety or marine critters, while exploring how to use the marine environment to teach inquiry and the nature of science in your classroom.
  • Step 2: Follow Up Meeting for MARE Summer Institute Participant  (October 10, 2009 10am - 3pm)
    MARE teachers who attended the summer institute will attend a follow up day long planning meeting and present their student project ideas.  Mentors from Rutgers University will be on hand to help shape your class projects.
  • Step 3: MARE Student Summit (April TBA)
    Teachers will bring their students to a MARE Summit to attend special programs and exhibit their projects. Special guests and performers (storytelling, music, and science demonstrations) as well as undergraduates from the Rutgers Communicating Ocean Science Class will present new lessons and activities.  A panel of judges will recognize the students work and celebrate their success.

Commonly Asked Questions:
  • Who Should Attend? We are looking for MARE educators (new and seasoned) who are interested in exploring new lessons and ideas.
  • What is expected of me? We expect teachers to attend a planning meeting at Rutgers University October 10, 2009 (10am -3 pm) and mentor their students in the submission of a class project(s) highlighting the ocean literacy principles.  Student project submissions can include: 1) music, 2) art, 3) science, and/or 4) culture/history.  Participating teachers will bring their class to Rutgers for a one day Student MARE Summit to attend programs and exhibit their class project(s).  
  • What support will Rutgers provide? MARE teachers will be provided with materials and a stipend to implement projects.  We also will offer busing scholarships for selected schools.
Register Today! 


MARE is supported by the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation