The Friends of Island Beach State Park is a non-profit volunteer organization formed to enhance interpretive, educational, recreational and research programs, and events at Island Beach State Park.
Our mission is to further public appreciation and stewardship of the park. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and occupations but have in common a variety of interests in this beautiful State Park.
With volunteer events taking place throughout the entire year, there's always a way for you to get involved! Check out our calendar of events for upcoming dates or just stop by our office during regular business hours.
In a little more than one month, we will start looking for “our” osprey to return to the nest near the IBSP Interpretive Center in the park’s southern end. If you want to see the osprey arrive, rebuild their nest, lay up to four eggs, watch the eggs hatch, watch the adults feed their chicks and, if everything goes well, watch the juveniles take their first flight, we need to get the camera up and running.
But we need your help!
The current camera that was installed prior to Superstorm Sandy was the first osprey cam in New Jersey. It has since been plagued with issues, causing it to be offline much of last year.
This year, in order to continue to deliver the same video stream as in years past, FOIBSP will need to replace the camera and repair the solar equipment that powers it. We have volunteers with the expertise to make the repairs at no cost, and the Seaside Heights Fire Department will provide their ladder truck for free, which will enable our volunteer crew to remove the old camera and replace it with a new one.
But to do this, FOIBSP will need to buy a new high-definition camera and replace non-working equipment. We estimate it will cost $10,000 to get the camera running. In 2015, $81,000 was spent for a variety of equipment for the park, including supporting the operational needs of the lifeguards.
We need your donation now to help purchase a new camera that can be installed before the osprey return in March. And with our high-speed internet service, your viewing experience will be drastically enhanced. Please make a tax-deductible contribution that will be used exclusively for the osprey camera project.
Your donations can be sent in via Paypal using the link below (no account required).
If you’d rather send your donation through regular mail, you can do by addressing your letter to:
The Friends of Island Beach State Park
P.O. Box 406
Seaside Park, NJ 08752
The Friends of Island Beach is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. Stay tuned for updates and announcements on all that we have planned to celebrate and enjoy Island Beach State Park this year.
We are excited to announce the new officers for 2016:
President – Angelo Sica
Vice President – Judy Merritt
Co – Vice President – Bill Gwyer
Treasurer – Douglas Tegeder
Corresponding Secretary – Patricia Sica
Recording Secretary – Bonnie Delaney
Membership Secretary – Jenn Husar
Marketing & Publicity – Michael Redpath
Trustee –Dominick Solazzo
Trustee – Justin Auciello
Trustee – Tim Husar
Trustee – Ferdinand F. Klebold
A heartfelt thanks to the outgoing board for all that they have done to act as stewards of the park. We look forward to building on their successes. As Isaac Newton is quoted, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Please feel to contact us with any questions or ideas for the coming year!