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2015 Special Events


Saturday, November 28

2016 Special Events


Saturday, March 26, 2016
Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Winter Happenings

Even though it might be cold outside, it is always warm inside at The Wetlands Institute!  Please join us for activities on the marsh every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now until May 1, 2016.  Unless otherwise stated, all activities occur onsite at The Wetlands Institute and are included in the price of general admission. Questions?  Please call The Wetlands Institute at 609-368-1211.

Seasonal Science Activities and Crafts

We believe children and adults learn a great deal through moments of self-exploration.  Each week we will offer a new self-guided science activity or craft related to seasonal changes in nature.  We provide the supplies and you create the learning!  Possible activities related to migration, geology, outdoor exploration, nature crafts, simple science experiments and much more!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am and 4:00pm

Creature Feature and Craft

We will highlight a different live animal or group of animals each day!  Get up close with turtles, fish, crabs, sea stars and urchins, mollusks, horseshoe crabs and the animals of Finding Nemo.  After the presentation, create a take-home craft related to that day’s Creature Feature!

Friday and Saturday: 2:00pm


Aquarium Feeding

Act as an Aquarist for a day and help us feed the local marine life!  We will open up feeding each weekend so you can see the turtles chasing minnows and the horseshoe crab eating shrimp.  As you watch them gobble down their food, use our animal feeding surveys to record their behavior so we can make sure all our animals are happy and well fed. Not all animals are fed every day.

Saturday: 11:00am

Aquarium Teaching and Touch Tank

There is no better way to learn about the local creatures found in the salty waters of the ocean or New Jersey back-bays than to experience them firsthand!  Come join a Wetlands Institute educator for a unique, interactive learning experience as they teach about whelk, skates, sea urchins, sea stars, mud snails, and more!  Please come prepared to touch the animals by not having any bug spray, hand sanitizer or lotion on your hands.  If needed, hands can be washed with mild soap and water in The Wetlands Institute restroom before the program.

Sunday:  11:00am

Science Feature and Activity

Each Sunday we will focus on a different conservation issue or science “hot topic”!  Some of the topics include Marine Debris, Osprey Conservation, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Seafood, Horseshoe Crab Conservation, Terrapin Conservation and the world of Plankton.  After the presentation, participate in a hands-on activity related to that day’s Science Feature!  Activity recommended for ages 8 and up, but younger children are welcome to attend.

Sunday: 2:00pm


Winter hours and activities start October 13, 2015!  Starting then, The Wetlands Institute will only be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Please check our calendar for programming updates as we transition from autumn to winter hours!

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