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Autumn Happenings

It is autumn in the marsh, and The Wetlands Institute is open daily from 9:30-4:30 through September 18. Beginning September 19, we’re open on Saturdays and Sundays from  9:30-4:30. Unless otherwise stated, all activities are free with admission and occur onsite at The Wetlands Institute. Questions?  Please call The Wetlands Institute at 609-368-1211.

Note: The Wetlands Institute is a natural conservation area where outside animals would be a disturbance to local wildlife that 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 welcome as they have been trained to not react to other animals.

Seasonal Science Activity

Each month we will offer a new self-guided science activity related to seasonal changes in nature. We provide the supplies and you create the learning! Activities available in Wetlandia.

Saturday & Sunday:  10:00am – 4:00pm, beginning October 1.
Free with admission

Creature Feature & Craft

During this live animal presentation, get up close with turtles, fish, crabs, sea stars and urchins, mollusks, horseshoe crabs, or the popular animals of Finding Nemo. After the presentation, create your very own take-home craft!

Saturday:  2:00pm
Free with admission

Aquarium Feeding

Help us feed the local marine life! We will open up feeding each week so you can see the burrfish eating crabs and the horseshoe crab gobbling shrimp. (Not all animals are fed each day.)

Saturday:  11:00am
Free with admission

Aquarium Teaching & 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

Each Sunday we will focus on a different conservation issue including Bat Conservation, Marine Debris, Osprey Conservation, Dredging, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Horseshoe Crab Conservation, Terrapin Conservation and the world of Plankton. (Presentation recommended for ages 8 and up, but younger children are welcome to attend.)

Sunday:  2:00pm
Free with admission