Get Involved with Island Beach State Park

Programs & Events

May
15
Sun
Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament @ Island Beach State Park
May 15 @ 6:30 am – 2:00 pm

For 22 years the annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament had been held on the first Sunday in October at Island Beach State Park. However, in 2014 the tournament was moved to the third Sunday in May. In 2016 the tournament will be held on Sunday, May 15.

Anglers on beachA variety of species are eligible for entry in the tournament each year. Overall length determines the winner. All fish must meet minimum length tournament requirements.

The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the “Governor’s Award,” and has his/her name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently displayed at the park. Fishing equipment is awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in each species category. Winners from the early entry drawing and the tournament must be present during the afternoon awards ceremony to claim their prizes or they will be forfeited.

 

For more information:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/gsft.htm

May
21
Sat
Ocean Fun Day @ Island Beach State Park
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Make a date with your family to explore our shore

Come to Ocean Fun Days and celebrate waves of ocean discovery! Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about our coastal environment. You’ll have a great time learning the science of our shorelines and how to care for them for years to come!

A record number of exhibitors have already committed to be a part of this year’s event. Activities at both locations include seining, coastal crafts, an energy-saving scavenger hunt, youth fishing clinics, face painting, touch tanks, a student science fair competition and the NJSGC’s famous fiddler crab races. Additionally, there will be a new clamming the bay activity at Island Beach State Park.

The Sandy Hook location will also include guided tours of many of Sandy Hook’s historic sites and an open house at the NOAA/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory. A complimentary shuttle bus service will be available at both locations to take visitors to tour sites.

 

For more information visit:

Ocean Fun Days

Jun
3
Fri
Barnegat Bay Blitz @ Island Beach State Park
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Volunteers needed! Join the DEP Blitz and help clean up the Barnegat.

For More Information: http://www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/bbblitz.htm

Jun
4
Sat
National Trails Day @ Island Beach State Park
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

***National Trails Day***

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir

Join the Beach Buggy Association and the Friends of Island Beach State Park for a day of volunteering, working in the out doors alongside other friendly people.

Saturday, June 4th 9:00 – 12.

More details on the exact location will come shortly. Check back as the date approaches.

Jun
5
Sun
Barnegat Bay Festival @ Wanamaker Field, Island Heights
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Barnegat Bay Festival is the Barnegat Bay Partnership’s (BBP) signature event, held at a beautiful waterfront location on the first Sunday in June.  This day of free family fun reaches out to year-round residents and summer visitors to learn more about the Barnegat Bay, celebrate its resources, and to participate in interactive programs which stress the importance of the ecosystem to our Ocean and Monmouth County communities.

The Friends of Island Beach State Park will be tabling at the event. Stop by our table and say hello!

For More Information:

http://bbp.ocean.edu/pages/266.asp

Aug
5
Fri
BeachBallAPalooza @ Ocean County Parks and Recreation Administration Building
Aug 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Stay tuned for more information on this event.

Check the following website for updates:

http://www.oceancountyparks.org/

Aug
13
Sat
4th Annual Harvest the Bay Festival @ Island Beach State Park
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bring the entire family to Harvest the Bay Day to explore the natural resources of Barnegat Bay. Come watch our own Mike Gallagher Learn about fish, crabs, and clams. Enjoy exhibitors’ hands-on activities, nature programs, fresh local seafood, and live music. Join in the festivities under the Pavilion at OBA1!

For more information:

http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/?s=harvest+the+bay

Sep
11
Sun
Beach Plum Festival @ Island Beach State Park
Sep 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

More information coming soon!