Friends of Island Beach State Park Enhance interpretive, educational, recreational and research programs! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:25:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2O15 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:30:42 +0000


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Photos from the 2014 Beach Plum Festival Now Online! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:44:53 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The Friends of Island Beach State Park are excited to share some of the many photos taken at this year’s Beach Plum Festival.  This year’s festival was a fantastic success and we’d like to thank everyone who came out and spent the day with us!

Photos from the event can be seen below.  Photos by Eleanor Chrzanowski

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YOU ARE INVITED * SAVE THE DATE * FALL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:30:25 +0000 Continue reading ]]> foibsplogoFALL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – OCTOBER 25,  2014 AT 10:30 AM All members are invited to attend the Fall General Membership Meeting and lunch at the Island Beach State Park Interpretive Center.  7 miles from front gate. A short business meeting with election of officers for 2015 will be followed by a program presented by ReClam the Bay which will include a short PowerPoint Program .  Questions and answers . A lunch will follow, main course will be provided by Friends. Members are requested to bring an appetizer or a dessert to share. Look forward to seeing you at the Park..

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2014 KAYAK WINNER 17TH ANNUAL BEACH PLUM FESTIVAL Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:59:25 +0000 2014 Kayak Winner, Susan Shaw, Beach Plum Festival2014 Beach Plum Festival Kayak Winner, Susan Shaw, Congratulations!!! Eleanor Notre Chrzanowski’s photo

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2014 Visitor Guide & Building the North Jetty on Island Beach 1937-1940 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:49:57 +0000 Continue reading ]]> HAVE YOU SEEN A COPY OF OUR 2014 VISITOR GUIDE OR BUILDING OF THE NORTH JETTY ON ISLAND BEACH BARNEGAT INLET 1937-1940 researched and written by noted author Ferd Klebold?  Both are posted in their entirety on this site.  Go to top bar and on the drop down menu under Programs and Events chose the one you would like to read.  Scroll down til you see a yellow bar and click on open.  Be sure to come back to us with your comments.  We alwys like to hear from our viewers.

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OUTREACH PROGRAM DATES Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:38:41 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Dates for Upcoming Outreach Programs   May 17th  – Ocean Fun Day – OBA1,  May 18th  – Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament – IBSP,  June 1st    – Barnegat Bay Partnership Festival  – Island Heights,  June 7th    – Beach Grass Planting – OBA 1,  Sept  6th   – NJ Beach Buggy Assoc. Youth Fishing Tournament  OBA1, Sept 7th    – Beach Plum Festival    OBA1 If you would like to volunteer to work with Friends of Island Beach State Park on any of the above events contact us at

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ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONTRACTED FOR JETTY REPAIR Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:16:38 +0000 Continue reading ]]>
  • Feb. 10, 2014Contact: Bob Considine (609) 984-1795
    Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994
    WORK TO STABILIZE SUPERSTORM SANDY-DAMAGED JETTY TO BEGIN THIS MONTH(14/P10) …TRENTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has awarded a contract for the repair of the north jetty at Barnegat Inlet, which protects the southern tip of state-owned Island Beach State Park in Ocean County, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

    The contract was awarded to Agate Construction Company of Clermont in Cape May County for $7.6 million to repair approximately 740 feet of the jetty on the north side of the inlet that was battered by Superstorm Sandy. The project is expected to begin later this month and be completed by the fall.

    “This project will bring much-needed stabilization of the jetty at Island Beach State Park, and should be the final piece of the post-storm restoration of our state park, which the Christie Administration has been fully committed to since Superstorm Sandy,” DEP Commissioner Martin said. “This is part of the overall coastal repair and restoration effort along the entire New Jersey coast being done by the Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the DEP, that will result in a more resilient state shoreline.”

    Superstorm Sandy caused the displacement of stone along a 740-foot portion of the north jetty that borders Island Beach State Park’s shoreline. The repair work will involve rebuilding the cross-section of the jetty using existing capstone, supplemented with additional capstone, corestone, slushed concrete and stone-filled mattresses.

    During the project, all mobile sport fishing access points will remain open to permit holders. But the beach area adjacent and to the north of the jetty will be closed for the duration of the project.

    “While we recognize the jetty is a popular fishing destination, it is imperative that the jetty area be closed to all go park-goers for their own safety during this project,” said Mark Texel, State Park Director for the DEP. “Ultimately, we will have a stronger jetty that will best serve Barnegat Inlet and the south end of our park, and jetty fishing can resume.”

    The Barnegat Inlet north jetty was first constructed in 1940 and raised in elevation in 1974. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the inlet last July. The inlet requires dredging to provide a safe and reliable navigation channel for the U.S. Coast Guard and a large fishing fleet consisting of full-time commercial, charter and recreational vessels.

    Shaped by storms and tides, Island Beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the ocean and Barnegat Bay. It is one of New Jersey’s last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem and is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast.

    For more on Island Beach State Park, visit:

    For more information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District, visit:

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    THE RETURN OF THE OSPREY Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:31:08 +0000 Continue reading ]]>  

    To all our dedicated Osprey Cam watchers:
    The Osprey Cam/Audio has been up and operational all winter,
    with the exception of some bad weather days, so be patient if
    it takes a little longer to load. We are now in the process of preparing for a little nest keeping/ camera maintenance to be ready for the RETURN OF THE OSPREY 2014.
    Our records indicate the Osprey returned last year on March 24th.
    If you would you like to enter a guess as to when they will return this year? click on Comments on our Face Book page and enter your guess. We will keep a record to see who comes the closest.
    If you’ve enjoyed watching the Osprey Cam, consider making a donation to help us maintain it!


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    GOVERNOR’S SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT DATE CHANGE — WHY? Sat, 01 Feb 2014 20:15:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]> There will be a major date change to the 23rd Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament (GSFT).  For the last 22 years the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament was held at Island Beach State Park on the first Sunday in October.  The GSFT will take place this year on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

    Why? The GSFT committee, that consists of, DEP Div. of Fish & Wildlife, NJ Parks & Forestry, NJ Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, NJ Beach Buggy Assoc. and the Jersey Coast Anglers Assoc., decided to change the date of the GSFT due to the following reasons.  To offer better fish catching opportunities for novice anglers, increase size of GSFT Cup trophy fish, possibly have Fluke as an eligible species for the tournament, to promote Island Beach State Park, surf fishing clinics/outdoor events early in the season and the month of May usually offers better weather for families to get out and fish after a long winter.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR to get out and fish this spring with your family and try to catch a trophy fish that will win the 2014 GSFT and win PRIZES.  Don’t forget, if you catch the largest fish your name will be inscribed on the Governor’s Cup with the other 22 anglers that previously won the GSFT.
    Courtesy of Jersey Coast Anglers Association

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    Take a Look at the Foxes of the Jersey Shore Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:28:25 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Jersey Shore resident and nature enthusiast Tom Lynch put together a beautiful video of several photos he’s collected of the foxes of the Jersey Shore!

    You can find more great videos from Tom by subscribing to his YouTube channel or by visiting his website at!

    You can check the video out here:

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