Environmental Science Center 
Charles O. Hayford Fish Hatchery

Improvements to the Facility

In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Centenary celebrated the grand opening of the Environmental Science Center.  The Environmental Science Center, which features an innovative laboratory, classroom and faculty research space, will serve as an experiential learning facility for students.

Under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Bergey, Associate Professor of Biology, the center will provide students with:

  • hands-on experience in the field, utilizing collection and analysis tools,
  • the ability to conduct extensive research and complete biodiversity surveys of local biota,
  • a place to take soil, water and air samples for testing,
  • the ability to track growth rate and water quality of fish within the complex,
  • an area for the complete behavioral observations of animals inside and outside the facility.

The College and the Hatchery will continue to partner to support and preserve the goals of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.  Students will continue to have internships and volunteer opportunities at the Hatchery each semester; learning from experts on how to address wildlife management, operations of the facility and fish restocking efforts across the state. 

Those studying at the Hatchery will focus on the relationship between the environment and our daily lives, with particular emphasis on environmental quality, stewardship of the land, human health and how local actions impact the global community.  They will have the opportunity to explore Principles of Environmental Science; Marine Biology; Environmental Field Sampling; Animal Physiology and Behavior; Ecology; Astronomy; and Earth Science courses at the new facility.

NJ.com Press release from the Environmental Science Center opening.»

Community Benefits through Public Outreach

In coordination with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, science and education majors will manage a public outreach program.  The program will open the Hatchery for scheduled tours focusing on the environmental importance and the significance of the work performed there as well as learning about fisheries management while on an outdoor nature lesson.

See the changes and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Take a look at our
renovations gallery.

View our renovations gallery.

“This is a win/win experience for all involved and will provide students in our newly launched Environmental Science program with state-of-the-art resources where they can gain valuable hands-on experience”

-Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite,
President of Centenary College


Spawning Season
at the Hatchery

The Charles O. Hayford Fish Hatchery is currently responsible for the production and distribution of 15 species of cool and warm water fish depending on annual requests from the Division's regional fisheries biologists.