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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.

COMING SOON
Learn about the proposed Energy and Nature Center at Jones Beach.
State Parks and partners are developing a new educational center that will also act as a gateway to a new Park Preservation Area to the west.

-Announcement
-Public Information Meeting-Jan.8
-Environmental Assessment Form

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

Winter Nature Programs

Winter Nature Program Descriptions

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Group Programs

Reservations for Seal Walks at Jones Beach Nature Center

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
Sat 16 Feb
Geology Rocks
Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Let’s get ready to rock and roll! Did you know that there are rocks that glow in the dark, rocks that float, and rocks that conduct electricity? Come join us for some rock and minerals experiments and explore the intriguing world of geology!” Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 19 Feb
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Counting Critters
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:00 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.
Sat 23 Feb
Marine Mammals Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for a fun filled day all about marine mammals! Learn about these unique animals - big and small, they are similar to us! Move from station to station and participate in exciting activities, or join a seal walk and maybe spot one in person! Wonder though our kelp forest and discover its many secrets. It will be a whale of a time! Please arrive any time during this special event.

Tue 05 Mar
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Leprechaun's Rainbow
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:00 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.
Sat 16 Mar
Lights, Color, Refraction!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Have you ever heard of ROY G BIV? You’ll certainly be an expert by the end of this program, filled with hands-on activities that will help us explore the many ways that light bounces, bends, and reflects. We’ll discover how white light splits apart, revealing all the colors of the rainbow. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services
  • Interpretive Signs
    • Activities
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours