D.E.E.P. (Divers Environmental Education Program)

The Ocean County Department of Corrections Community Education Unit has developed a follow up show to its popular Sam Tuna puppet show.

D.E.E.P. is a hands on way for children to learn about both non point source pollution and native sea life. Our department's divers and Community Education Unit presenters, along with naturalists from Cattus Island Park and/or Jenkinson's Aquarium, show children the wonders of Ocean County's waters.

DEEP field trips are conducted at the Gull Island Park. Students are able to participate in hands-on interaction with sea life, department divers, and Community Education Unit presenters. They also get to see the direct impact of pollution on our environment.

Children can hold sea stars, horseshoe crabs and sometimes even sea horses. The divers then re-enter the waters and bring back pollution found in the same areas as the sea life. The divers explain to the children the harm the pollution can do to the sea life and the environment. They also show ways they can prevent pollution.

Due to tides and the location, these field trips are limited in size and frequency.

In the event of a weather-related cancellation, or if a school is unable to attend field trips, the program would be presented at the school with a Power Point presentation and interactive DVD (anticipated release date in June 2007). Children will still be able to interact with local sea life through the use of portable "touch tanks".