Get Involved with Island Beach State Park

Lecture Series

Join us for an exciting series of informal lectures given by some of IBSP's friends and partners.

All talks will be held at the IBSP Interpretive Center, A-16 from 2-4 pm. 

Registration is required as space is limited!


Sunday, Feb. 26 - Historical Adventure Trail Hike: Join the Friends of Island Beach State Park and learn more about the shacks, lifesaving, baymen, and hotels at Island Beach State Park. Hike will be held, weather permitting. Register for the Historical Adventure Trail Hike here!

The Friends of Island Beach thanks our sponsors for the 2017 events. Please support local these local businesses: 

Sunday, March 5 - Marine Mammal Stranding Center: Since 1978, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a private, nonprofit organization, has responded to over 4,800 strandings of whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore throughout New Jersey. They’ve responded to numerous incidents at Island Beach, including responding to a rare Blainesville’s beaked whale weighing close to 800 pounds that washed ashore dead at Island Beach on Jan. 1. Learn more about their work, what to do and what not to do if you see a stranded turtle or marine mammal, and how you can help. Register for Marine Mammal Stranding Center lecture here.

Saturday, March 11 - Native Plants and Your Jersey Shore Yard – Perfect Together! Just in time for Spring planting, Karen Walzer, public outreach coordinator for the Barnegat Bay Partnership and co-leader of the Jersey Shore chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey,  will present “Native Plants and Your Jersey Shore Yard – Perfect Together!” Native plants not only add beauty to your yard, they offer important  environmental and economic benefits. Come see a selection of lovely native plants that thrive in Jersey Shore soils and climates and learn about the resources available to homeowners on the “Jersey Friendly Yards” website, including a searchable plant database. Register for the native plants program here!

Sunday, March 12 - Clean Ocean Action: More information and registration coming soon!

Sunday, March 19 - Save Barnegat Bay: Join Save Barnegat Bay’s executive director Britta Wenzel to learn about its mission to restore and protect Barnegat Bay and its ecosystem by being a strong and independent voice for the Bay throughout the watershed, including all of Ocean and part of Monmouth Counties. Register for the Save Barnegat Bay program here.

Sunday, March 26 - American Littoral Society: Meet Helen Henderson, Ocean Planning Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region of the American Littoral Society. The topic: ocean planning and the Barnegat Bay. Register for the American Littoral Society program here. 

Sunday, April 2 - The Birds of Island Beach State Park: Join Becky LaBoy to learn about the birds of Island Beach State Park and then go on a birding hike. According to Birding in Ocean County, Island Beach State Park is the best place in Ocean County to go birding. A total of 328 species have been seen on the 10-mile-long strip of land by this birding community.

Sunday, April 9 - ReClam the Bay- Sea, Touch & Learn: ReClam the Bay is a local non-profit that promotes environmental involvement and education by growing and maintaining millions of baby clams and oysters at upwellers located along the Barnegat Bay.

Sunday, April 16 - Easter Trail Hike, History, and Adventure: Join the Friends of Island Beach for a hike, history talk, and photography adventure. Area photographers will be on hand to give some tips on photographing wildlife and scenery, so bring along your camera. The ospreys will be back by then and will be visible at the nearby Pete McLain Osprey Cam Nest.

Sunday, April 23 - American Littoral Society: Tentative Date



Past Lectures

Sunday, Feb. 12 - Project Terrapin: Come learn about the Northern Diamondback Terrapins that frequent the Barnegat Bay and Island Beach State Park from Dr. John Wnek, research coordinator for Project Terrapin and science supervisor at the Ocean County Vocational-Technical School’s Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). Dr. Wnek has worked with terrapins at Island Beach State Park and North Sedge Island since 2002. Project Terrapin will be holding a public hatchling release at Island Beach on May 20th and you’re invited.

Sunday, Feb. 19  - Americorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program: Danielle Fadeski, Americorps Watershed Ambassador for Barnegat Bay, will talk about the health of the Barnegat Bay. She is one of 20 watershed ambassadors in New Jersey. The program, now in its 17th year, is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Register for the Watershed Ambassador Program here!