Freshman class goes to Wreck Pond

Creative commons photo courtesy of USFWS

Wreck Pond underwent dune restoration in 2015 to connect the pond to the ocean through a 600 foot culvert.

Sam Skolnick and Lana Tomchuk

On May 22 and 23, the Class of 2022 attended the annual Wreck Pond class trip in Spring Lake. The American Littoral Society hosted the trip with the goal to help spread awareness about Wreck Pond and its inhabitants.

Freshman Olivia Stauder of Millstone enjoyed the trip and the opportunity to get out of the classroom for a day.

“I really liked it, it was a nice change to get out in the sunshine for a while,” Stauder said.

At Wreck Pond, the freshmen were able to seine, where students try to catch marine life by dragging a large net. The group found seahorses, eel, and shrimp. Additionally, the American Littoral Society taught  students how to tag fish and horseshoe crabs. Students were shown what the American Littoral Society was doing to save the species of Wreck Pond.

Freshman Ella Lukowiak of Wall appreciated the focus on education about the environment and said she learned new things on the trip.

“It was actually a lot of fun. I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but I loved learning about everything going on in our environment that we are often unaware of,” Lukowiak said.

Freshman Jacob Irwin of Middletown agreed with Lukowiak.

“I think that it was overall a great experience and I enjoyed it a lot,” Irwin said.

Although students may have left with wet feet, the trip gave them a chance to learn about the steps to protect the ecosystem near CHS.