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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 Saturday and Sunday from September 22, 2018 until May 20, 2019.  Unless otherwise stated, all activities are included in the price of admission and 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!

Saturday and Sunday:  10:00am – 4:00pm
Free with admission

Creature Feature and Craft

We will highlight a different live animal or group of animals each day! Get up close with terrapins, 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!

Saturday:  2:00pm
Free with admission

Aquarium Feeding

Act as an Aquarist for a day and help us feed the local marine life! We will open up feeding each week so you can see the terrapins eating fiddler crabs and the horseshoe crab gobbling shrimp. Not all animals are fed every day.

Saturday:  11:00am
Free with admission

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.

Sunday:  11:00am
Free with admission

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.

Sunday:  2:00pm
Free with admission

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 from January 11 – March 22 (except on dates of Covered Dish Dinners)

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.

A covered dish plus $7 for members and $12 for non-members. RSVP requested.
Friday, 6:00pm. January 25, February 22, and March 29

 2019 Special Events


April 20, 2019

May 10-12, 2019

May 18-19, 2019

June 22-23, 2019

July 19, 2019

July 27, 2019

September 21, 2019