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2015 Special Events

Saturday, April 4
Saturday and Sunday May 16 and 17
Friday July 17
Saturday and Sunday September 19 and 20
Saturday November 28


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 April 30, 2015.  Unless otherwise stated, all activities occur onsite at The Wetlands Institute.   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!

Free with admission
Friday, Saturday and Sunday:  10:00am – 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!

Free with admission
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.

Free with admission
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. 

Free with admission
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 and Terrapin Conservation.  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.

Free with admission
Sunday:  2:00pm

Lunch and Learn

Join us for a weekly exploration of topics important to our coastal and wetland ecosystems.  Bring your lunch and The Wetlands Institute will provide coffee and dessert.  Each week we will feature a different speaker and topic of discussion!  Please check our website for complete details.

Admission: $3 for members and $5 for non-members
Friday:  11:45am
January 9 – March 20 except on dates of Covered Dish Dinners (January 30 and February 27)

Covered Dish Dinners

Nothing could be better than an evening filled with meeting new people, eating great food and engaging in scientific discussion!  Join us the last Friday of each month, January – March, as we bring in guest speakers from around the region to share their knowledge of important issues in the field of environmental science and biology.  In the spirit of covered dish dinners, please bring an appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert to share with at least eight people.  Please check our website for complete details.

Admission:   A covered dish plus $7 for members and $12 for non-members. RSVP requested.
Friday: 6:00pm
January 30, February 27, and March 27

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