Friday, May 19 – 6:30pm to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21 – 9:30am-4:30pm
Non-Member: $15 Adult, $10 Child
Member: $13 Adult, $8 Child
One-Day Ticket Price
Non-Member: $10 Adult, $8 Child, $30 Family 4-Pack
Member: $8 Adult, $6 Child, $25 Family 4-Pack
The Wetlands Institute is pleased to announce our 5th Annual Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival, a weekend packed with conservation-based, hands-on, interactive activities for all ages.
Located on the Cape May Peninsula between the Delaware Bay and Atlantic beaches, The Wetlands Institute is situated in an area considered to host one of the “wonders of the world.” With an act of timing only Mother Nature can provide, Horseshoe Crabs climb onto the beaches of Delaware Bay to lay their eggs, while thousands of shorebirds time a stop on their northbound spring migration route to feed on these energy-packed eggs. Our shores host the largest concentration of spawning horseshoe crabs in their range, and the shorebird migration is one of the last great migrations on Earth. What an amazing front row view of these spectacular wildlife events we have, and it can be seen right here in Cape May.
Come join The Wetlands Institute and the Delaware Bay Shorebird Initiative for a festival that celebrates this amazing spectacle of nature – the shorebird migration and horseshoe crab spawning season. Guests of all ages can enjoy a variety of conservation-based activities including guided shorebird viewings; horseshoe crab workshops; horseshoe crab spawning survey demonstrations and reTURN the Favor walks; aquarium teaching tank and aquaculture tours; naturalist-led Salt Marsh Trail walks; and other hands-on education and conservation-based activities.
Proceeds from the event will help support The Wetlands Institute’s conservation and education programs focused on shorebird and horseshoe crab conservation.
Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival Partners
The Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival is a conservation collaboration that currently includes:
- Borough of Stone Harbor
- Celebrate Delaware Bay
- Rutgers Aquaculture Innovation Center
- Township of Middle
- US Fish and Wildlife Service – Cape May National Wildlife Refuge