Real World Science


Geosciences Education Project

Greener New Jersey Productions had the opportunity to work with a very special group of individuals and organizations last spring and summer.  We were hired to produce a 20-minute video, Real World Science in Your Backyard, for the Sandy Hook Foundation as part of a two-year Geosciences Education Project, a bold initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to bring middle school students, teachers, and scientists together in the natural world to promote learning in science, technology, engineering and math.

The video was shot in the spring of 2012 at Red Bank Middle School and Sandy Hook, which is part of the National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  The video features students and teachers working with a variety of researchers who have studied the coastal landscape there for years.

Real World Science in Your Backyard documents how teachers become more confident and students become more engaged when they both come into direct contact with their natural environment and have hands-on experiences just like real scientists.


Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Red Bank Middle School
The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
The Sandy Hook Foundation
Brookdale Community College


Linda Canzanelli, Superintendent, Gateway National Recreation Area
Pete McCarthy, Unit Coordinator, Sandy Hook
Gerry Glaser, The Sandy Hook Foundation
Mike DeLuca, Rutgers University
Norb Psuty, Rutgers University
Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Tom Grothues, Rutgers University
Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area
The National Park Service
Student video courtesy of J.T. Pierson and Red Bank Middle School


Jennifer Cox/National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area
Joe Dobarro, Rutgers University
Rose Petrecca, Rutgers University
Melanie Reding, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Mindy Voss, The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium


John Bombardier, Curriculum Supervisor, Red Bank School District
Chris Ippolito, Teacher, Lead the Way Project
JT Pierson, Social Studies Teacher
Melissa Osmun, Language Arts Teacher
Mark Costa, Science Teacher
Julius Clark, Math Teacher



Bob Szuter


Steve Stone

Executive Producer

JoAnne Ruscio

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