Spend a week discovering the New Jersey Shore in a fun and hands-on way! Engage in science experimentation and exploration, play games, go on field trips, explore the beach, create arts and crafts, and much more all while enjoying a new theme each week: Turtally Terrific Creature Feature, Whatever Floats Your Boat, Nature I Spy, Forces of Nature, Crustacean Nation, On the Wing with Bugs, Birds and Bats, Marine Mammal Sounds: Stories From the Sea, Forests, Trees, Leaves and Seeds, and Explore the Shore: Have to Have a Habitat.
For children ages 5-13, programs are held weekly from July 1 – August 26, 2020 and include field trips and beach days. Children age 4 can enjoy special programs during the weeks of July 1, July 13, July 27, August 10 and August 24, 2020. Children age 4 attend programs daily from 9:30am – 12:00pm and children ages 5-13 attend programs daily from 9:30am – 2:00pm.
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Summer 2020 Program Themes and Dates!
Turtally Terrific Creature Feature
What reptiles are found in the sea, in the salt marsh, in the freshwater ponds, AND in the forest – or even in your backyard!!?? Yep, we’ll be getting up close and personal with our favorite friends. Get your carapace on!
Whatever Floats Your Boat
There are all kinds of boats for all kinds of activities. Some are on top of the water, some underneath. Some go fast and some go slow. Some are for fishing and some are for catching. Our Salt Panne Regatta will have “whatever floats your boat”.
Bring your creative ideas; this week we’ll be working on our project for the 4H Fair.
Ages 5-13 field trip to Cape May Coast Guard Base and Harborview Park.
Nature I Spy
Scientists use all kinds of equipment like scopes, binoculars, and magnifiers to “spy” on nature’s comings and goings. Get your “detective eyes” working and join us this week tracking wildlife’s wild life.
Ages 5-13 field trip to Estell Manor Nature Center, Atlantic County Park.
Forces of Nature
Sun, wind, tides, and weather hold many possibilities for observing nature, harnessing energy, and enjoying the wondrous world we live in. This week we’ll cook with the sun, slide with the tide, and fly on the breeze as we experiment with the Forces of Nature.
Ages 5-13 field trip to ACUA Wind Farm.
What if crabs, shrimps, and lobsters ruled the world? (They think they already do!) We’ll “get the pinch” on these crusty cousins as we examine them from top to bottom!!
Ages 5-13 field trip to Rutgers Aquaculture Center and Lobster House Dock Tour.
On the Wing with Bugs, Birds, and Bats
They fly high through the sky with the greatest of ease, doing turns, flips and dives on the slightest of breeze. Whew! What a wonder! Get ready for fun gliding through this week.
Ages 5-13 field trip to Cape May Point State Park.
Marine Mammal Soundings: Stories From the Sea
Imagine yourself long ago, far out in the ocean and deep into the night when you hear a low rolling moan and a soft swoosh! Surely it must be a sea monster! Or a mermaid?? Marine mammals have long been a part of many sea yarns and ocean myths. Through examining sounds and working with marine arts and storytelling we’ll explore whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals.
Ages 5-13 field trip to Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center and Douglas Beach.
Forests, Trees, Leaves, and Seeds
What is a forest for? Where can you build a tree? In a tree factory? How do seeds move from one place to another so far away? Take a deep breath and leave it to the leaves to help us answer these rooted questions and more!
Ages 5-13 field trip to Belleplain State Forest.
Explore the Shore: Have to Have a Habitat
The shore is more than just beach and boardwalks. It’s full of habitats of every shape and kind, for every plant and animal, to eat and drink and hide. We’ll be looking at the shore in a whole new way while we find out “what’s in Your habitat”, too!
**Extra This Week! Wednesday, August 26 is Family Night at the Beach 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Come back to the beach on Wednesday evening to watch the moon rise and hunt for ghost crabs along the beach tonight. Meet at Stone Harbor Point. Bring a flashlight or headlamp – but don’t turn them on!!**
Come enjoy the shore! We’ll see you soon!