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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 18 Nov
Harvest Wreath
Sunday, November 18, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Family Program: The Autumn harvest creates a wonderful collection of natural materials to use for crafting this time of year. 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. There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (no charge if you bring your own wreath) Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Nov
Native American Games
Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Children's Program: Through the ages, children have played games that teach them the skills they’ll need as adults. Native American children who lived on Long Island long ago played games that helped them survive in the natural world. As the world has changed, so have the games. Come test your skills with games that local Native American children used to play. For age 6 and up. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sun 25 Nov
Dream Catcher
Sunday, November 25, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Family Program: What’s a dream catcher? How is its beautifully woven pattern created? We will explore the myths and legends behind this creative activity. Then together, each family will make a dream catcher and decorate it with feathers, and beads. All materials will be supplied. There is an additional charge of $1 per dream catcher for materials. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 27 Nov
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

November 27th- Animals ABC's

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

Sat 08 Dec
Winter Survival
Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Children Program: Explore some of the amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather. Some will burrow into the earth to escape it and some sleep through it. Some migrate to another climate and others can brave the cold. Through fun games and activities discover what life is like for these hearty winter survivors. For ages 6 and up. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

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