Atlantic County Parks
Register now for free nature classes for 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at Fox Nature Center, Atlantic County Park at Estell Manor, Route 50 south of Mays Landing.
Register now for free beginner's birding workshop for ages 8 to 12 with an adult from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at Atlantic County Park at Estell Manor.
Call 609-625-7000, ext. 5431.
Atlantic City Aquarium
Atlantic City Aquarium at Gardner's Basin displays fish, reptiles and amphibians. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Call 609-348-2880.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
Free family nature walks at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR, Ocean Drive south of Wildwood Crest. Call 215-341-1044.
Cape May Point State Park
Cape May Point State Park has nature trails and museum. Call 609-884-2159.
Turtlerama, with live turtles, games and songs by the Turtlesinger, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.
Fridays: butterfly program 10 a.m., bay safari at Sunset Beach 1 p.m., nature walk 2 p.m. Saturdays: bird walk 9 a.m., live animal program 11 a.m., nature walk 2 p.m. Sundays: bird walk 9 a.m., pond life show 1 p.m., nature walk 2 p.m.
Labor Day, Sept. 3: nature walk 9 a.m., live animal program 11 a.m.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Guided birding and nature walk 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, starting at visitor center, off Route 9 in Oceanville, Galloway Township.
Beach geology walk 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Holgate unit, starting at bulkhead at south end of Long Beach Island. Also at Holgate: Wilderness walk 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31; shorebird walk 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; beachcombing 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.
Call 609-652-1665, ext. 21.
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. Kayak trips many days. Call 609-898-8848.
Harbor safari with seine net 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug.30; $10 adults, $5 ages 3 to 12.
Evening ghost crab walk 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Mount Vernon Avenue and beach; $5.
Beachcombing 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Second Avenue Pavilion; $10 adults, $5 ages 3 to 12.
The Conservancy's Bayshores Center, 2350 Route 47, Delmont, has nature trails. Call 609-861-0600.
Public sails aboard the Bayshore Discovery Project's oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald from Utsch's Marina, Cape May, at 1:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. Cost: 1:30 p.m. $40 adults and $20 children; 5 p.m. $45 and $22. Sail from Cape May to Bivalve 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2; adults $50, children $25. Birding sail 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 3, out of Bivalve, Cumberland County; adults $40, children $20. Call 856-785-2060.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Brigantine Avenue and 34th Street, Brigantine, has museum, gift shop and tours for a fee. Call 609-266-0539
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, has displays and gift shop. Admission $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. Call 609-368-1211.
Family program with live reptiles from Academy of Natural Sciences, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30; $9 adults, $7 children.
Salt-marsh film and trail walks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. weekdays.
Live animal program 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and seining for tidal life at 3:15 p.m. weekdays.
Cape May Bird Observatory
NJ 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.
Cape May Hawk Watch dawn to dusk daily from Saturday, Sept. 1, to Nov. 30, at Cape May Point State Park platform; free.
Guided sunset bird and nature cruises 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays from Somers Point municipal pier; $25 adults, $15 ages 5 to 12; call for times and to preregister.
Weekly birding (and other) trips Thursday, Aug. 30, to Wednesday, Sept. 5 - Cost $10; show and go. Thursday: Beginners bird walk 8:30 a.m. at Cape May Point State Park; meet at Hawk Watch platform. Butterfly walk 10:30 a.m. at R&E Center. Friday: Higbee Beach WMA 7 a.m.; at lot, west end of New England Road, south of canal. Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge at 5:30 p.m.; meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard. Saturday. Photo walk 7:30 a.m. at Cape May Point State Park; at platform. Rea Farm in West Cape May at 7:30 a.m.; at Beanery lot, Bayshore Road. Cape May Point State Park at 5 p.m.; at platform. Sunday: Cox Hall Creek WMA 7:30 a.m.; at lot, west end Shawmount Avenue, Lower Township. Monday: Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge with author Pete Dunne at 7:30 a.m.; meet at lot. Tuesday: Photo walk 8 a.m. at Cape May Point State Park; at platform. Relaxed birding at Cape May Point State Park at 9 a.m.; at platform. Wednesday: Cape May Point State Park at 7:30 a.m.; at platform. Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge at 5 p.m.; meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard.
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