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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.

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.

-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

Spring Nature Programs

Spring Nature Program Descriptions

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Group Programs

Seal Walks at Jones Beach Nature Center: seal walks have concluded for the season.

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 22 Jun
Exploring Nature Bike Ride
Saturday, June 22, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The West End of Jones Beach is a great area for viewing nature, and what better  way to get an up close and personal look than on bicycle. We will be utilizing the new bike path extension that connects to the West End to see Jones Beach wildlife in their natural environment. Ages 8 and up.

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Fins & Scales
Sunday, June 23, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection we will explorethe internal and external anatomy of fish. Ages 7 and up.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Finny Fish
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 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.

Registration: Required
Mon 01 Jul
Learn to Swim- Jones Beach
Monday, July 1, 2019 until Monday, August 19, 2019
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Jones Beach State Park will be hosting a Learn to Swim program on Mondays from July 1st - August 19th:

8am - 8:30am Level 2

8:45am - 9:15am Level 1

9:30am - 10am Pre-k/parent and child

7pm - 7:30pm Adult Swim

Visit to register. For additional information please call the park at (516) 785-1600.


Registration: Required
Thu 04 Jul
Thursday, July 4, 2019 09:30 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Jones Beach State Park hosts the Sterling National Bank July 4th fireworks show which is set to a musical array of patriotic songs. Arrive early for a prime seat on the Central Mall beachfront and to avoid traffic delays.

Fees: $10 vehicle use fee in effect until 4:00pm

$10 Event fee from 4:00pm-9:00pm

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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