Join us for our lecture series to learn more about the natural world around you! Each week, the Conservation Talks will feature a different speaker. All lectures meet in the Interpretive Center at 1:00 pm.
Registration is required for each lecture. See detail below.
Sunday, February 5th - IBSP Nature Program
The IBSP Nature Program is a unique partnership between the park, the Friends of IBSP and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. The mission of the IBSP Nature Program is to promote the protection of the parks resources through interpretation, education and outreach. According to the National Park Service, Interpretation is driven by a philosophy that charges interpreters (IBSP Staff and Volunteers) to help audiences (you) care about park resources so they might support the care for park resources. Together with our partners, the IBSP Nature Program offers a variety of different programs that showcase these unique resources including Sedge Islands Kayak EcoTours, IBSP History Hikes, Beginners surf fishing clinics, and so much more. Join us for a presentation to learn more about the Nature Program and the interpretive programs we offer!
Sunday, February 19th - Save Barnegat Bay
The issue of stormwater is so much more than just flooded streets; the future of the culture of our Shore — our rich fishing history, recreation, tourism economy, and close-to-nature communities — all become at risk if this water isn’t dealt with in the right way. If managed properly though, stormwater can be a valuable resource instead of being wasted and allowed to pollute our estuary. Britta’s presentation will cover updates on Save Barnegat Bay’s grassroots powered work within the watershed, as well as updates on the critical issue of stormwater through the lens of our grant-funded NEMO (Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials) program, which looks to educate the community and civic leaders alike on proper stormwater management.
Sunday March 5th - ReClam the Bay
Come meet some of the hardest water quality-enhancing workers in the Barnegat Bay! ReClam the Bay is a local 501 (c)3 charitable organization operating primarily in the Barnegat Bay estuary. Our foundational mission is to promote environmental awareness and education. Much of the education we provide to residents, students, and visitors to the Barnegat Bay Watershed centers around the vital role shellfish play in the health and resiliency of the bay and its marshes. A few of RCTB's volunteers will be introducing you to some of the shellfish babies grown in our upweller "nurseries". We will also be sharing how we support their propagation and growth during the April-October growing season. We hope to help you discover ways you, friends, and family can all be part of the environmental revitalization of the Barnegat Bay estuary.
Sunday March 19th - Native Fungi of IBSP with Jason Hafstad
While Ospreys and Piping Plovers bask the spotlight of our attention, other important members of New Jersey's native biodiversity hide in the shadows. Fungi are important elements of our natural heritage, and they are all around us. Come learn about what kinds of fungi grow at Island Beach State Park.
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