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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

Summer Nature Programs
Summer Nature Program Descriptions
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
Fri 22 Sep
Jones Beach: "Castles in the Sand"
Friday, September 22, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Jones Beach is one of the most visited state parks in all of New York, second only to Niagara Falls. But have you ever wondered how it got to be so popular? Join us as we reveal the origins of one of this state's most beautiful parks.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Sep
Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them
Saturday, September 23, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Come down to the Nature Center to be a junior cryptozoologist! From The Loch Ness Monster, to Bigfoot, we will try to uncover the mysteries behind these legendary creatures.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Sep
Winged Wanderers
Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Monarch butterflies are making their way down south. Those from the northeast fly along our east coast shore line this time of year migrating one way down to spend the winter in Mexico! Come learn about the lives of these amazing flyers and how the make their long trip.
Registration: Required
Fri 29 Sep
Family Game Night
Friday, September 29, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The weekend is here! Time to have some fun! Bring the whole family down to the Nature Center for some Friday night wildlife-inspired games and activities.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Sep
Monarch Beach Walk
Saturday, September 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Autumn is right around the corner, and this time of year is when the great Monarch butterfly migration begins. These amazing little insects travel thousands of miles to reach their wintering grounds. Join us for a wlak along the barrier island, a migratory route for Monarchs during their journey south.
Registration: Required

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