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Wetland Institute exterior frontFun is a major part of every visit to The Wetlands Institute, as everything here combines both education and entertainment!

Every visit begins with Marion’s gardens, award winning gardens which surround the parking lot and line the walkway to the main building. You will pass hundreds of native plants, each chosen to attract pollinators. Most of the plants are labeled for your information.

We are open weekends throughout the Fall and Winter for self-guided tours of all the Institute’s facilities. In the Spring and Summer, we offer naturalist-led programs including back bay boat rides, paddleboarding, kayaking, live animal interactions, family entertainment and guided beach & dune walks. Visit our events section for more information on schedules.

The Wetlands Institute 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424 Phone:(609) 368-1211 Fax: (609) 368-3871 Admission: $8.00 ages 13 and up; $6.00 ages 3-12 Members admitted FREE.

Summer Hours –  May 2, 2016 through October 9, 2016: Open Monday through Sunday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from June 13 to September 5: Special evening hours until 8 pm

Winter Hours – October 10, 2016 through May 21, 2017: Open Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Monday through Friday. Closed from December 23 through January 6

Special Hours Notice: It is sometimes necessary to close a building or facility to the public for part or all of a day due to maintenance repairs or special events.  Please call ahead to verify hours.


Bike racks, picnic and rest areas. Free parking Public Building Handicap Accessible.

No Pet Policy: The Wetlands Institute is a natural conservation facility where outside animals would be a disturbance to local wildlife that naturally inhabits this area.  Because of this, pets are not allowed inside Institute buildings or outside on Institute property including the salt marsh trail, elevated walkway, and dock.  Service dogs are welcomed as they have been trained to not react towards other animals. Please note: we are a smoke-free facility.


From Philadelphia: Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 7 South (Garden State Parkway).  Parkway South to Exit #10 for Stone Harbor.  Turn left on Stone Harbor Blvd. The Institute is 2.5 miles on right. From North Jersey: Garden State Parkway south to Exit #10 for Stone Harbor.  Turn left on Stone Harbor Blvd. The Institute is 2.5 miles on right. From Wilmington: Delaware Memorial Bridge to Rt. 40, to Rt. 55 south, to Rt. 47, to Rt. 657 east to Stone Harbor. From Eastern Shore: Lewes, Delaware Ferry to Cape May, to Garden State Parkway north, to Exit #10 for Stone Harbor.  Turn left on Stone Harbor Blvd. The Institute is 2.5 miles on right.

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