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Jones Beach Nature Center

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Jones Beach Nature Center
Jones Beach State Park
P.O. Box 1000
Wantagh, NY 11793
Latitude 40.588112
Longitude -73.546341

The Nature Center is on a barrier island beach within Jones Beach State Park. An exhibit area depicts a variety of marine habitats including the South Shore Estuary Reserve, the seashore and the dune environment. There are lots of fun things for kids to do. Inside the center, children can feel live marine animals, look through a children's microscope or play in the kid's activity area. Outside the center, children can dig up whale bones in the Discovery Bone Cove, walk through the butterfly garden or view a shipwreck.

An environmental boardwalk takes you out into the dune environment to see plants and animals that live there. Interpretive programs are available for schools, youth organizations, clubs and the general public.

The following activities are accessible to persons with disabilities: Group Tours - Reservations Required, Guided Tours, Interpretive Signs and Educational Services

Fall Nature Programs

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Group Programs

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • 1/1 - 5/23 Sat, Sun, Hol: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    5/29 – 9/6 Wed-Sun, Hol.: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM -- Closed Monday and Tuesday (except for special permit request)
    9/7 - 12/31 Sat, Sun, Hol.: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM + by special permit only during week.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fee
  • Program Fee: $4/person
    School Group: $6/person

  • Birthday Parties
  • Parties up to 16 people: $200
    Each additional person: $15.00
Sun 22 Oct
Harvest Wreath
Sunday, October 22, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Using an assortment of grasses, seedpods and dried flowers, you will create a wonderful harvest wreath that is a perfect accent for the autumn season. Display it at home or give it as a gift. One Wreath Per Person. There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (No charge if you bring your own wreath)

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Oct
Reach for the Universe
Saturday, October 28, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The universe is a vast and amazing place. We only know a fraction of its mysteries, and are learning new things all the time. Join us as we discover some of the amazing secrets of the cosmos!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Dr. Frankenstein's Lab
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Calling all spooky Halloween scientists! Join us for some creepy science fun at the Nature Center with some weird & wacky classroom experiments!

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Oct
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

October 31- Happy Halloween
November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

Tue 31 Oct
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

October 31- Happy Halloween
November 14- Turkey Time
November 28- Eco-Ranger
December 5- Holiday Season
December 19- Baby Seals

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