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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:01 am

Atlantic City Aquarium

Atlantic City Aquarium at Gardner's Basin displays fish, reptiles and amphibians, with diver shows, baby shark and ray feeding. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Call 609-348-2880.

Atlantic County Parks

Free outdoor film, "The Sword in the Stone," 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Lake Lenape Park East, Mays Landing. Call 609-645-5960.

Bayshore

Discovery Project

Storytelling on oyster history and culture, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at an oyster shed at 2800 High St., Bivalve. Call 856-785-2060, ext. 102.

Cape May

Bird Observatory

N.J. Audubon's CMBO has the Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and the Northwood Center on Lily Lake in Cape May Point. Call 609-861-0700.

Weekly birding (and other) trips, Thursday, April 28, to Wednesday, May 4, cost $10, show and go.

Thursday: Nature walk, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Cape May Point State Park, meet at wildlife viewing platform; Belleplain State Forest, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., meet at forest field office; Shorebirds at Heislerville WMA, 1 to 3 p.m., meet at clamshell lot.

Friday: Higbee Beach WMA, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., meet at parking lot; Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, 3 to 5 p.m., meet at Sunset Boulevard parking lot.

Saturday: Rea Farm, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., meet at lot; Belleplain State Forest, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., meet at forest field office; Cape May Point State Park, 3 to 5 p.m., meet at platform.

Sunday: Higbee Beach WMA, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., meet at parking lot; Wildlife walk, 1 to 3 p.m., Belleplain State Forest, meet at forest field office.

Monday: Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge with author Pete Dunne, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard; Shorebirds at Heislerville WMA, 3 to 5 p.m., meet at clamshell lot.

Tuesday: Belleplain State Forest, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., meet at forest field office; Photo walk at Cape May Point State Park, 8 to 10 a.m., meet at platform; Relaxed birding, Cape May Point State Park, 9 to 11 a.m., meet at platform.

Wednesday: Cumberland County birding, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., meet at Maurice River Bridge on Route 670; Cape May Point State Park, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., meet at platform; Nummy Island, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., meet near bridge, just south of Stone Harbor.

Cape May Point

State Park

Cape May Point State Park has nature trails, wildlife viewing platform and museum. Call 609-884-2159.

Free frog program and walk,

7 p.m. Friday, April 29, starting at park museum; bring flashlights.

Nature Center

of Cape May

N.J. Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., has exhibits and observation tower; admission is free. Call 609-898-8848.

Nature programs for toddlers and caregivers, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays through May 13; $8 per session.

Habitat plant swap and tea party, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Seaside lectures and refreshments, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in May, $5.

Free craft and lecture series,

10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through May 25.

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Guided bird walks 8 a.m. Saturdays through May, starting at new Visitor Information Center. Call 609-652-1665.

Free fishing derby for ages 5 to 12 at Patriot Lake, Galloway Township, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Must sign up by calling 609-748-1535.

Nature Conservancy

The Conservancy's Bayshores Center, 2350 Route 47, Delmont, has nature trails. Call 609-861-0600.

Wetlands Institute

Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, has an aquarium, displays and gift shop. Admission of $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. Call 609-368-1211.

Return of Osprey Gala with food, drink, silent auction, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29; cost is $50.

Live reptile program, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30; $7.

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