Get Involved with Island Beach State Park

Programs & Events

Jul
1
Fri
Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
Jul 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing. Fun for ages 10 and older, minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. All participants ages 16 yrs and older must register with the state saltwater fishing registry! All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Please dress accordingly. Bring drinking water, snack/lunch, headlamp and rain gear Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #1 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Surf Fishing Tour Disclaimer Surf Fishing is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Moonlight Hike
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you! All ages welcome, however a registered adult must accompany minors. Bring a flashlight, blanket or chair, drinking water, and bug spray. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the A13 Parking Lot 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. If the Park cancels the program, you will be notified and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Hike Disclaimer Night Hiking/bonfires are great adventures, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare,, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
2
Sat
Island Explorers
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!  Ages 6 to 12 yrs. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, drinking water. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Program Disclaimer With any hands-on activity, there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you/your child wish to participate. By signing up for this program, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm to your child. You/your child undertake this activity at your own risk. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Sunset Paddle
Jul 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife! Fun for ages 14 and older, minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water, and bug spray (binoculars are optional). Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive & check-in at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 30 minutes before the start of the program. Participants will then head down to the A21 Parking Lot for the tour. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Kayak Tour Disclaimer Kayaking is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this kayak tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
3
Sun
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 and older. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water, and bug spray (binoculars are optional). Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive & check-in at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 30 minutes before the start of the program. Participants will then head down to the A21 Parking Lot for the tour. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Kayak Tour Disclaimer Kayaking is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this kayak tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
4
Mon
Shellfish Gardening 101
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-profit environmental organization that promotes environmental involvement and education.  Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it.  In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to care for them, as well as feeding patterns, & life cycles of these fragile creatures! For more information, visit http://reclamthebay.org/.

Jul
5
Tue
Surfing Safari
Jul 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun! Event Information: Ages 8 to 17 yrs. Bring sunscreen, towel, drinking water, wear bathing suit. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #2 (3 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315

Jul
6
Wed
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 and older. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water, and bug spray (binoculars are optional). Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive & check-in at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 30 minutes before the start of the program. Participants will then head down to the A21 Parking Lot for the tour. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Kayak Tour Disclaimer Kayaking is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this kayak tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Surfing Safari
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun! Event Information: Ages 8 to 17 yrs. Bring sunscreen, towel, drinking water, wear bathing suit. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #2  (3 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315

Nature Toddlers
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Age‐appropriate hands‐on activities, stories, crafts and hikes guide your child’s natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach State Park. Natural Educators provide an educational hour of fun for you and your young child. Event Information: Ages 3 to 5 yrs, with caregiver. Please dress accordingly, bring drinking water, and bug spray. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Program Disclaimer With any hands-on activity, there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you/your child wish to participate. By signing up for this program, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm to your child. You/your child undertake this activity at your own risk. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
7
Thu
Surfing Safari
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun! Event Information: Ages 8 to 17 yrs. Bring sunscreen, towel, drinking water, wear bathing suit. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #2  (3 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315

Clamming Barnegat Bay
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Shellfish are an important link within the Barnegat Bay food-chain and ecosystem. Harvest these delicious soft-bodied gastropods by digging your toes into the sandy bottom of the bay or by using a clamming rake. Note: This is a Self-Guided Program.  A Recreational Shellfish Harvesting Permit is required to take your clams home! Review current regulations and apply for a permit here! Individuals may sign out clam rakes at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park). It is on a first come, first serve basis, as we only have a limited number of rakes to provide. A License ID is required to sign out clam rakes. All clam rakes must be returned to the Nature Center. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Clamming Tour Disclaimer Clamming is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Plant Press Program
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
8
Fri
Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
Jul 8 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing. Fun for ages 10 and older, minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. All participants ages 16 yrs and older must register with the state saltwater fishing registry! All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Please dress accordingly. Bring drinking water, snack/lunch, headlamp and rain gear Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #1 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Surf Fishing Tour Disclaimer Surf Fishing is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Moonlight Hike
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you! All ages welcome, however a registered adult must accompany minors. Bring a flashlight, blanket or chair, drinking water, and bug spray. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the A13 Parking Lot 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. If the Park cancels the program, you will be notified and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Hike Disclaimer Night Hiking/bonfires are great adventures, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare,, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
9
Sat
Island Explorers
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!  Ages 6 to 12 yrs. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, drinking water. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Program Disclaimer With any hands-on activity, there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you/your child wish to participate. By signing up for this program, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm to your child. You/your child undertake this activity at your own risk. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
10
Sun
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 and older. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water, and bug spray (binoculars are optional). Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive & check-in at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 30 minutes before the start of the program. Participants will then head down to the A21 Parking Lot for the tour. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Kayak Tour Disclaimer Kayaking is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this kayak tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
11
Mon
Shellfish Gardening 101
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-profit environmental organization that promotes environmental involvement and education.  Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it.  In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to care for them, as well as feeding patterns, & life cycles of these fragile creatures! For more information, visit http://reclamthebay.org/.  

Surfing Safari
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun! Event Information: Ages 8 to 17 yrs. Bring sunscreen, towel, drinking water, wear bathing suit. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #2  (3 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Surfing Safari Tour Disclaimer Surfing is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist and Lifeguard in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
12
Tue
Surfing Safari
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun! Event Information: Ages 8 to 17 yrs. Bring sunscreen, towel, drinking water, wear bathing suit. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #2 (3 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Surfing Safari Tour Disclaimer Surfing is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist and Lifeguard in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Mock Dolphin Stranding
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and take part in this Mock Dolphin Stranding Program to learn about dolphins and why they strand, then participate in a hands-on mock dolphin stranding on the beach. Be ready to get wet! Ages 7 and older. For more information, please visit http://mmsc.org/education/summer-programs

Jul
13
Wed
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 and older. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water, and bug spray (binoculars are optional). Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive & check-in at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 30 minutes before the start of the program. Participants will then head down to the A21 Parking Lot for the tour. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Kayak Tour Disclaimer Kayaking is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this kayak tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Nature Toddlers
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Age‐appropriate hands‐on activities, stories, crafts and hikes guide your child’s natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach State Park. Natural Educators provide an educational hour of fun for you and your young child. Event Information: Ages 3 to 5 yrs, with caregiver. Please dress accordingly, bring drinking water, and bug spray. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Program Disclaimer With any hands-on activity, there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you/your child wish to participate. By signing up for this program, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm to your child. You/your child undertake this activity at your own risk. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Surfing Safari
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun! Event Information: Ages 8 to 17 yrs. Bring sunscreen, towel, drinking water, wear bathing suit. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #2  (3 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Surfing Safari Tour Disclaimer Surfing is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist and Lifeguard in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
14
Thu
Clamming Barnegat Bay
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Shellfish are an important link within the Barnegat Bay food-chain and ecosystem. Harvest these delicious soft-bodied gastropods by digging your toes into the sandy bottom of the bay or by using a clamming rake. Note: This is a Self-Guided Program.  A Recreational Shellfish Harvesting Permit is required to take your clams home! Review current regulations and apply for a permit here! Individuals may sign out clam rakes at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park). It is on a first come, first serve basis, as we only have a limited number of rakes to provide. A License ID is required to sign out clam rakes. All clam rakes must be returned to the Nature Center. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Clamming Tour Disclaimer Clamming is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Surfing Safari
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun! Event Information: Ages 8 to 17 yrs. Bring sunscreen, towel, drinking water, wear bathing suit. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #2  (3 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Surfing Safari Tour Disclaimer Surfing is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist and Lifeguard in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
15
Fri
Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
Jul 15 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing. Fun for ages 10 and older, minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. All participants ages 16 yrs and older must register with the state saltwater fishing registry! All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Please dress accordingly. Bring drinking water, snack/lunch, headlamp and rain gear Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Bathing Pavilion #1 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Surf Fishing Tour Disclaimer Surf Fishing is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Moonlight Hike
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you! All ages welcome, however a registered adult must accompany minors. Bring a flashlight, blanket or chair, drinking water, and bug spray. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the A13 Parking Lot 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. If the Park cancels the program, you will be notified and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Hike Disclaimer Night Hiking/bonfires are great adventures, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare,, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Jul
16
Sat
Island Explorers
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!  Ages 6 to 12 yrs. Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, drinking water. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Program Disclaimer With any hands-on activity, there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you/your child wish to participate. By signing up for this program, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm to your child. You/your child undertake this activity at your own risk. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Sunset Paddle
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife! Fun for ages 14 and older, minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water, and bug spray (binoculars are optional). Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive & check-in at the Nature Center (7 miles into the Park) 30 minutes before the start of the program. Participants will then head down to the A21 Parking Lot for the tour. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. In severe weather, if the Park cancels the program, you will be notified, and you will receive a full refund. If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315 Kayak Tour Disclaimer Kayaking is a great adventure, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. By signing up for this kayak tour, you are agreeing to a waiver/disclaimer for any possible injury or harm. You undertake this activity at your own risk. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are very rare within the Barnegat Bay, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.