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State of New Jersey Pinelands Commission


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, Jersey Shore, South Jersey

Pinelands Interactive Map

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  • This resource is an interactive map of the New Jersey Pinelands that displays the state and national reserve areas, wetlands, aerial imagery of the reserve, and municipal zoning. 
Teaching Tips


  • Users can customize the map by adding or removing layers and drawing or adding text.
  • There are great interactive features, including a tool to measure area and distances.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Click on the "?" icon to read detailed instructions on navigating the map and utilizing key features.


  • Science classes could use this resource and additional research to evaluate the effectiveness of biosphere reserves, like Pinelands, in protecting biodiversity.
  • Geography classes could use this map to explore relationships between settlement patterns and wildlife protection.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with civics classes by further exploring the ways governments can protect the environment using reserves and zoning laws.
  • Students can use this map to explore other environmentally protected land and water in New Jersey and around the world.
  • Other helpful resources specific to New Jersey include this map about the forests and this article about New Jersey's climate and climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource presents the spatial distribution of Pinelands' wetlands in New Jersey. It is ideal for students to gain deep insight into natural resources and biodiversity and to monitor real-time land-use change and biodiversity loss. This map is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.a.h Use printed and digital maps to ask and answer geographic questions (e.g., Where are there patterns? Why there? So what?) and evaluate the appropriateness of geographic data and representations to understand real-world problems. Explain how current geospatial technologies (e.g., Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), satellite images, remote sensing) are used for personal, business, and government purposes.
      • SS.Geog5.a.h Analyze the intentional and unintentional spatial consequences of human actions on the environment at the local, state, tribal, regional, country, and world levels.
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