Pre-Term Experience for All Majors

Barnegat Bay
Freshmen enrolling in Drexel’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) will enjoy a unique, hands-on experience just before the start of the fall term. In this field adventure, students will meet the accomplished professors of the department and learn cutting-edge field methods they use regularly in their own research and teaching.


The Barnegat Bay Field Station (BBFS) is located at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Ocean Township, New Jersey. The facility is owned by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and is situated on 194 acres of land. The site offers a wide range of habitats including a maritime forest, salt marsh, tidal streams and a freshwater pond.


BEES faculty and staff will lead a series of field trips to explore a variety of coastal, marsh and terrestrial habitats.

Check out a sample schedule below:

Day One:
  • Students arrive at Drexel, check in to dorms and store any personal belongings they will not need at BBFS.
  • Brunch for parents, students and staff
  • Head to Waretown for brief orientation and move in
  • Afternoon sampling and hiking
  • Dinner followed by night lab
Day Two:
  • Canoe trip, weather permitting
  • Algae lab, plant lab, night hike, Terrapin Talk
Day Three:
  • Small group field trips to explore diverse habitats in Barnegat Bay and the Pine Barrens. Field trip destinations include water and sediment sampling in Barnegat Bay, plant and animal identification in the Pine Barrens, tidal and non-tidal exploration in the wetland areas, fish seining along the shoreline of the bay and much more.
  • Pack up and head back to Drexel