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Summer Happenings

As permissible by executive order, The Wetlands Institute will be open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm with special evening hours until 7pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from June 22 through September 7. Unless otherwise stated, all activities occur onsite at The Wetlands Institute.  Questions?  Please call The Wetlands Institute at 609-368-1211.

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

Special Evening Happenings

Totally Turtle Tuesday / A Night At The Aquarium (Wednesday) / Horseshoe Crabmania Thursday

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights are bursting with fun! Meet live animals, learn about our latest research, release a terrapin (Tuesday) or horseshoe crab (Thursday) from our dock or spend an evening with the fish (Wednesday)!

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:   5:00 pm
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

July 25

September 19