Meadowlands Environment Center
The MEC offers innovative, hands-on, environmental science programs for Grades K-12 at the NJMC’s Center for Environmental and Scientific Education (Science Center), an NJMC facility run by Ramapo College of New Jersey. Approximately 15,000 students particpate in MEC education programs each year. Classes cover a wide array of scientific disciplines including ecology, chemistry, biology, physics, natural history and astronomy. All programs comply with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
For more information or to register for school programs click here
or call 201.460.8300.
Meadowlands Environment Center Membership
In addition, the MEC offers year-round environmentally themed programs for the general public that help people better understand the issues that impact the Meadowlands District’s unique urban ecosystem, specific types of wildlife and the greater environment. Live animal demonstrations and presentations on the Meadowlands’ history and wetlands underscore the importance of environmental conservation to the public and instill an appreciation of nature in children at a young age.
The MEC’s operations are fully funded by the NJMC and the MEC Membership Program. The NJMC is a self-supporting entity and does not receive any federal, state or local tax dollars. Contributions from members help support the Commission’s environmental education programming.
Join as a family and receive four membership cards, event discounts, 10% off in our Gift Ship and four passes to enjoy a Pontoon Boat Tour. Or, join as an individual and receive a membership card, event discounts and 10% off in our Gift Shop. If you are interested read all the details or call 201.777.2431.
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Environmental education programs and local history talks are offered to the general public at the MEC year-round. Fall and winter-spring programs center on families and children, while summer programs are geared toward seniors.
Education programs for all ages range from animal visits, dip-netting in the marshes and nature-oriented painting workshops to astronomy talks and solstice celebrations. Senior workshops include talks on the geographical and human history of the Meadowlands.
William D. McDowell ObservatoryUnfortunately, due to staffing issues at the moment, we regret to inform you that the NJMC William D. McDowell Observatory programs are on hold. We hope to have a revised schedule available as soon as possible. If you would like to receive updates and reminders about our programs, special events, and other NJMC news, including observatory updates drop us a note. We apologize for any inconvenience.