Fall Interpretive Program
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Fall Hours: Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. 732-793-0506
Live Animals: Featuring fish tanks full of local fish and creatures from the Barnegat Bay. Meet our Diamondback Terrapin – the only brackish water turtle in the entire western hemisphere.
Touch Tables: Explore whale, dolphin and sea turtle bones, horseshoe crab molts, seashells, and other ocean artifacts.
Nature Exhibits: Bird specimens, feathers nests and eggs; turtle shells, scutes and eggshells; butterfly wings and chrysalids.
Classroom: Our classroom is available for programs, workshops, presentations, educational purposes, and birthday parties. Please call for details and availability.
Picnicking: Families, individuals and groups may use the outdoor picnic tables for lunch. Our facility is “carry-in-carry-out”. Please bring trash bags and take all trash with you when you leave.
Self-guided Birding and Wildlife Trails: Our self-guided trails traverse the 9 different plant communities found on the island, and offer hikers and birders a chance to experience the beauty of the barrier beach ecosystem. Stop in the Nature Center for a free trail guide. Dogs are allowed on most trails and must be kept on a 6-ft leash.
WILDCHILD PROGRAMS FOR KIDS (AND THEIR GROWN-UPS)
Pre-registration REQUIRED: 732-793-0506 http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/ education/programs/islandbeach/
WILDCHILD Island Explorers Saturdays, October 6. Time: 1-3pm Visit the IBSP Nature Center for an afternoon of exploration and discovery. Each monthly program features a different nature theme. Hands-on activities, hikes, crafts and games are part of the excitement your child will enjoy with others. Drop-off or accompany your child. Pre-registration required. Cost: $10 per child. Ages 6-12yrs. Minimum of 4 registrants to run the program. Tell your friends!
WILDCHILD Nature Toddlers Wednesdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17,24. Time: Choose mornings from 10-11am OR afternoons from 1-2pm. Through stories, hikes, crafts, and hands-on exploration, children and their caregiver will share nature-based educational experiences together. Pre-registration required. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Cost: $5 per pair per session. Minimum of 4 registrants to run the program. Tell your friends!
WILDCHILD Family Field Trips to IBSP Sundays, October 14. Time: 1-3pm Enjoy themed exploration, activities and a short hike around the Nature Center. Cost: $5 per person. All ages welcome. Minors must be accompanied by a registered adult. Minimum of 4 registrants to run the program. Tell your friends!
WILDSIDE PROGRAM SERIES!
Take a walk on the WILDSIDE of Island Beach State Park! Pre-registration REQUIRED: 732-793-0506 http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/ education/programs/islandbeach/
WILDSIDE Bird Walks Fridays, September 28, October 5, 12, 19. Time: 8-10am. IBSP Natural Educator and bird expert, Skyler Striech, will lead you on a guided bird walk to find and identify the many migrants that find refuge at Island Beach State Park during their fall migratory journeys south. All levels of birders are welcome, from beginner to experienced. Cost: $3 per person. All ages. Minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.
WILDSIDE Sunset Paddle on the Barnegat Bay Saturdays, September 22, October 6, 13. Time: 4-6pm. Enjoy a peaceful paddle on the bay. Cost: $20 per person. Ages 14 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.
WILDSIDE Evening Birding by Kayak Thursday, September 27. Time: 4pm-6pm. Discover the birds that migrate through IBSP’s Barnegat Bay. Cost: $20 per person. Ages 14 and up. Additional dates and times to be determined. Call for details about groups.
WILDSIDE Beginner’s Surf Fishing Clinic Fridays, Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26. Time: 10-1pm. Learn the techniques for successful surf fishing. Cost: $10 per person. Ages 10 yrs and up. Minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.
WILDSIDE Evening Speakers & Workshops September 27, October 25. Time: 6-8pm. Learn about the natural resources of Island Beach State Park. Call for topic details. Cost: $5 per person. All ages welcome, minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.
WILDSIDE Full Moon Hikes September 29, October 27. Time: 6-8pm. Bundle up and join us for a hike to the beach. Roast marshmallows over a campfire and listen to ghost stories of the Atlantic! Cost: $5 per person. All ages welcome, minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK IS NOW OFFERING PROGRAMS FOR GUIDED GROUPS!
School Groups: Our field trips are designed to meet the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and support grade levels Pre-K-12. Programs are inquiry-based, hands-on, and interactive. Bring your students to the park, or our Natural Educators will bring IBSP to your classroom. Program length 1½-2 hours. Cost: $65 per group, up to 30 students.
Scout Programs: IBSP Natural Educators provide programs to support scouts in earning badges, furthering their journeys and achieving goals. We can customize a nature-based program for your scouts. Program length 1½ hours. Cost: $50 for the first 10 scouts minimum, $4 per additional scout or sibling. No charge for adults or chaperones.
Senior Programs: Customized programs introduce participants to the plants and animals of the barrier beach ecosystem. Come visit IBSP, or we can take the show on the road and bring the beach to you. Program length 1 hour. Cost: $50
Library Programs: Choose from a variety of program topics that educate participants and support literature in a fun and interactive setting. Program length 1 hour. Recommended group size is 25 participants. Larger groups can be accommodated by scheduling two or more back-to-back programs. Cost: $50 per program. Repeat of same consecutive program is $35 per additional program.
Birthday Parties: Celebrate your child’s birthday at the IBSP Nature Center! Choose from a variety of programs. Ages 4-6 years enjoy 2 hours at the center including your choice of a one-hour program. Cost: $45. Maximum of 10 kids. Ages 7 years and up enjoy two-and-a-half hours at the center including your choice of a one-and-a-half hour program. Cost: $50. Maximum of 10 kids. For all programs, IBSP provides venue, tables and chairs. Parents provide tablecloth, plates, utensils, paper goods, food, beverages, and decorations. Parents are responsible for clean-up. IBSP is a carry-in-carry-out facility.