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Summer Happenings

The Wetlands Institute Opening following CDC guidelines

We can’t wait to see you again! After three long months, The Wetlands Institute re-opened on Wednesday, July 1st, and will be open daily from 9:30-4:30. As you prepare for your visit, just a few quick rules and procedures to ensure your visit is safe for your family and ours.

  • Please adhere to social distancing guidelines when visiting all areas of the Institute both indoors and outside – Keep 6 feet apart or more.
  • We require everyone aged 2 years and older, who is physically able without inhibiting their health, to wear a face covering when visiting all indoor spaces and the decking surrounding the building.
  • We strongly recommend face coverings be worn on the Salt Marsh Trail, elevated walkway, and dock, and require face coverings be worn when interacting with any Wetlands Institute Staff. For your safety, our staff will also be wearing face coverings during any interaction and in all public spaces.
  • For the safety of others, please do not visit The Wetlands Institute if you are feeling ill or running a fever.
  • The Tower is closed at this time.
  • The physical Tidepool Shop will remain closed at this time. Check out our online shop for shipping and curbside pickup.
  • We will also be limiting entry into our Secrets of the Salt Marsh Aquarium and Terrapin Station to avoid crowding in indoor spaces. Upon arrival, you will be given an entry time to these locations from either 10-12, 12-2, or 2-4. We want to make sure everyone can enjoy the exhibits safely and responsibly.
  • Due to capacity limitations, and the possibility of overcrowding during inclement weather, The Wetlands Institute may modify program schedules and/or close without advanced notice.
  • We prefer the use of credit or debit cards for transactions. If you would prefer a contactless option, you may prepay on the day of your visit by giving us a call at 609-368-1211. We will take your information over the phone, confirm your entry time to our exhibits, and upon your arrival issue you your admission stickers.

We missed everyone! We look forward to seeing you soon for a safe, family friendly visit to The Wetlands Institute.

Salt Marsh Safari

Watch our award-winning film, Secrets of the Salt Marsh, then head out for an interpretive marsh walk along our elevated walkway and onto the dock overlooking Scotch Bonnet creek.

Weekdays:  10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
Weekends:  11:00am and 1:00pm
Free with admission

Creature Feature

Get up close and personal with a host of live animals, including turtles, fish, crabs, sea stars and urchins, mollusks, horseshoe crabs, or the popular animals of Finding Nemo.

Weekdays:  11:15am and 1:15pm
Free with admission

Catch o’ the Day

Helping you discover what swims in the back bays, Education staff will get their feet wet as they drag seine or dip nets through the water to find crabs, shrimp, fish and more.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:  3:15 pm
Free with admission

Aquarium Feeding

Watch us feed the local marine life! We will open up feeding three times each week so you can see the octopus eating crabs and the horseshoe crab gobbling shrimp. Not all animals are fed every day.

Tuesday and Thursday:  3:15 pm
Saturday:  2:15pm
Free with admission

Dune and Beach Walk

Meet at 48th Street and Dune Drive in Avalon for an interpretive walk along the maritime forest and dune trails to learn about the flora and fauna that call this area their home. Free to attend and generously sponsored by Avalon Free Public Library.

Wednesday:  9:30am
Sponsored by the Avalon Free Public Library

Exploration Point

Bring your buckets! Meet at the trailhead at 122nd Street in Stone Harbor and explore Stone Harbor Point for awesome seashells, cool birds, and fun things that live under the sand. 

Monday:  9:30am
Suggested $3 donation to The Wetlands Institute

Seashell Sunday

Seashells at the seashore! Join us to learn all about seashells, how to collect them without harming the environment, and view an assortment of live mollusks and cool artifacts.

Sunday:  10:00am
Free with admission

Crabbing at the Dock

Drop a line in the water and see what pinches it! We’ll provide the bait, handlines, and nets – You reel in the blue crabs!

Saturday: 9:30am
Sunday:  2:15pm
Free with admission

 2020 Special Events


May 15, 16, 17

August 6