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Tickets

Call 609-368-1211 or purchase at the door
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 19-20, 2018 – 9:30am-4:30pm
Two-Day Ticket

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 6th 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 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.

Click for a full schedule of activities

Saturday, May 19
Time Activity Location
8am to 9:30am Beginner Shorebird Identification / Guided Shorebird Viewing from Viewing Platform Cooks Beach
10am to 4pm Shorebird Wings Photo Station Wetlands Institute
10am, 12pm and 2pm Aquarium Teaching/Touch Tank and Feeding Wetlands Institute
11am, 1pm and 3pm Horseshoe Crab Touch Tank and Aquaculture Tour Wetlands Institute
10am to 11am Horseshoe Crab Workshop Wetlands Institute
10am to 12pm Back-Bay Birding and Wildlife Cruise** call 609-884-3100 or visit Skimmer.com to register Wetlands Institute
11am to 11:30am Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Dr. Neeti Bathala featuring her book “Moonlight Crab Count” Wetlands Institute
11:30am to 12:30pm Salt Marsh Safari / Guided Bird Viewing Wetlands Institute
1pm to 2:30pm Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey Demonstration with reTURN the Favor Walk* Villas Beach
1pm to 3pm Back-Bay Birding and Wildlife Cruise** call 609-884-3100 or visit Skimmer.com to register Wetlands Institute
1pm to 1:30pm Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Dr. Neeti Bathala featuring her book “Moonlight Crab Count” Wetlands Institute
1:30pm to 2:30pm Horseshoe Crab Creature Feature and Craft Wetlands Institute
3pm to 4pm Salt Marsh Safari / Guided Bird Viewing Wetlands Institute
3pm to 4:30pm Back-Bay Kayaking** call 609-368-1211 to register Wetlands Institute
4pm to 6pm Wildlife, Wine, and Cheese Cruise on “The Skimmer”  (bring your own bottle) ** call 609-884-3100 or visit Skimmer.com to register Wetlands Institute
4:30pm to 6pm  reTURN the Favor Walk* Villas Beach
7pm to sunset  Guided Shorebird Viewing Walk Stone Harbor Point
Sunday, May 20
Time Activity Location
8am to 10am Morning Birding and reTURN the Favor Walk* Villas Beach
10am to 4pm Shorebird Wings Photo Station Wetlands Institute
10am, 12pm and 2pm Aquarium Teaching/Touch Tank and Feeding Wetlands Institute
11am, 1pm and 3pm Horseshoe Crab Touch Tank and Aquaculture Tour Wetlands Institute
10am to 12pm Back-Bay Birding and Wildlife Boat Tour on “The Skimmer”** call 609-884-3100 or visit Skimmer.com to register Wetlands Institute
11am to 11:30am Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Dr. Neeti Bathala featuring her book “Moonlight Crab Count” Wetlands Institute
11:30am to 1pm Tour of Rutger’s Aquaculture Innovation Center Facility (directions) Rutgers AIC
11:30am to 12:30pm Salt Marsh Safari / Guided Bird Viewing Wetlands Institute
1pm to 3pm Back-Bay Birding and Wildlife Boat Tour on “The Skimmer”** call 609-884-3100 or visit Skimmer.com to register Wetlands Institute
1pm to 1:30pm Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Dr. Neeti Bathala featuring her book “Moonlight Crab Count” Wetlands Institute
1:30pm to 2:30pm Horseshoe Crab Workshop Wetlands Institute
3pm to 4pm Salt Marsh Safari / Guided Bird Viewing Wetlands Institute
3pm to 4:30pm Back-Bay Kayaking** call 609-368-1211 to register Wetlands Institute
Schedule is subject to change

* Requires pre-registration due to limited space. Call 609-368-1211 to register.

** Requires an additional fee and pre-registration by phone.

Tickets

Call 609-368-1211 or purchase at the door

Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival Partners

The Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival is a conservation collaboration that currently includes:

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