Atlantic County Parks
Free history hike to armaments factory foundations and ruins 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Atlantic County Park at Estell Manor, Route 50 south of Mays Landing. Call 609-625-7000, ext. 5431.
Author Pat Sutton will give a free talk on creating a butterfly and hummingbird garden at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Northfield Community School Cafetorium, New and Mill roads.
Marine mammal center
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, 3625 Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, offers group tours for a fee. Museum and gift shop open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-266-0538.
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 2 to 4 years old and parents/grandparents 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays; preregister; $8. Workshop on creating home goods and garden art from found objects at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20; $20; preregister.
The Conservancy's Bayshores Center, 2350 Route 47, Delmont, has nature trails. Call 609-861-0600.
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. Program and field trip to view the mating flight of the American woodcock 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, starting from R&E Center; $15; preregister. Seventeenth annual optics sale 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, at R&E Center. Guided loons and shorebirds cruise out of Cape May 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17; $40; preregister. Weekly birding (and other) trips March 5 to 21 - Cost $10; show and go. Friday: Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge 6 p.m.; meet at Sunset Blvd. parking lot. Saturday: Nature photography walk at 7:30 a.m. at Cape May Point State Park; meet at Hawk Watch platform. Birding Cape May Point State Park at 8 a.m.; at Hawk Watch platform. Sunday: Winter birds on Delaware Bay marsh at 8 a.m.; meet at end of Turkey Point Road, south of Dividing Creek, Cumberland County. Jake's Landing marsh for owls etc. 5:30 p.m.; meet at west end of Jake's Landing Road, off Route 47 near Dennisville. Monday: Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge with author Pete Dunne at 7:30 a.m.; meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard. Wednesday: Cape May Point at 7:30 a.m.; at Hawk Watch platform.
Cape May Point State Park
Cape May Point State Park has nature trails, museum and free programs. Call 609-884-2159.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Free talk on natural lands restoration projects at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16. Call 609-652-1665.
Ocean County Parks
Van tour of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, departing from Tip Seaman County Park, Tuckerton. Cost is $14; must preregister. Call (877) OC-PARKS.
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, has displays and gift shop. Admission (temporarily) $4 adults, $3 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. Call 609-368-1211. Animal program 11 a.m. Friday, March 16. Part two of "Gasland," film on natural gas drilling, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 20; bring lunch; coffee and dessert provided; $5. Antique appraisal night with Arthur Schwerdt at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20; $25. Story time at 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
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