Get Involved with Island Beach State Park

Nature Center

The Nature Center (also known as the Interpretive Center) is located seven miles from the park entrance. Five themes are shown: geology of island and dune formation, park flora, park fauna, tools people used on the island in earlier times, and political history of the island. A herbarium contains examples of plants found on Island Beach. In addition, a 1929 Model A Ford converted into a beach buggy and a well-used sneak box are highlights of the display. Over the years the Friends of Island Beach State Park have contributed to the maintenance and displays in the Interpretive Center.

Recently, we purchased new carpeting and furniture. The FOIBSP designed and constructed a large (4’x8’) model of the Reed hotel and surrounding buildings built in 1876 and found on the island before it became a state park. Audio enhanced narrative is being added to the model this year. We purchased a bird identification station with computer and software of the Birds of New Jersey. Most recently the FOIBSP purchased the camera near an osprey nest showing the live pictures in the Interpretive Center. These additions enhance the visitors experience at Island Beach.

Visit the Interpretive Center and enjoy what it has to offer. Volunteers staff the Interpretive Center during the summer season.

Call the park office at (707) 636-4277 to learn how you can volunteer.

Nature Center


Guest Column: The Snowy Owl – Winter Visitors

January 22, 2017

  By Jim Merritt, Past President of the Friend of Island Beach State Park Snowy Owls ( Bubo scandiacus)  have returned to Island Beach.  They spend their summers on their...Continue »


Science of the Shore – A Tale of Two Beaches: Winter & Summer Beach Profiles

January 12, 2017

  This is the sixth installment of the “Science of the Shore Column" written by Bianca Charbonneau, Phd candidate. Have a science question you would like answered? Email Bianca at »


Barnegat Wildlife: 1 minute estuary video

November 24, 2016

Take a minute for some wonderful art and information about the Barnegat Bay, produced by Richard A. King. To view more of Richard’s prolific work visit  Continue »


Barnegat Wildlife: Photographing the Estuary

November 14, 2016

This is the first “Barnegat Wildlife Column” written by Richard A. King. To view more of Richard's prolific work visit Though wildlife photography is pursued in many ways, for many...Continue »