This year’s Pinelands Short Course at Stockton University will include a session on the recovery of the bald eagle.

Most of about 400 people registered already for the Pinelands Commission’s 29th annual educational program March 10 have come to previous short courses, said Joel Mott, the commission’s public programs specialist.

Walk-ins are accepted for classes that aren’t sold out, he said.

Nelson Johnson, of Hammonton, will lead a workshop on the politics behind passage of the Pinelands Protection Act. Johnson, a Superior Court judge, has written books including “Boardwalk Empire,” which was the basis for the HBO drama series of the same name.

Field trips include:

• A birding and nature walk at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

• A van trip to see and discuss the pygmy pine plains.

• A van tour about life along the Wading River in the 1800s.

Some of the 29 new courses are carnivorous Pinelands plants, mammal skull identification, the Batona Trail, glowing Pinelands organisms and the archaeological excavation of Cedar Bridge Tavern in Barnegat Township.

Cost is $50, with a discount to $45 for students and senior citizens 65 and older.

The event includes live music, Pinelands-themed food and tours of the Stockton campus to study bird identification, forest management and biodiversity hotspots.

To request a brochure and registration form, call 609-894-7300, ext. 125, or visit nj.gov/pinelands. Register at stockton.edu/ continuing-studies/conferences.html.

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