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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

Spring Nature Programs
Spring Nature Program Descriptions

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
Tue 26 Jun
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Shapes
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 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
Sat 30 Jun
Nature T's
Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Let's make a piece of wearable beach art! We will start with beach combing to collect some tools from nature. Then head back to our working stations to create a summer nature inspired t-shirt. Please bring a light-colored T-shirt for each participant. Ages 5 and up.

Registration: Required
Wed 04 Jul
STERLING NATIONAL BANK JULY 4TH FIREWORKS AT JONES BEACH STATE PARK
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 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.

$10 vehicle use fee in effect until 4pm. $10 event fee from 4pm to 9pm.

Sat 14 Jul
40th ANNUAL JONES BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, July 14, 2018 until Sunday, July 15, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

A free volleyball tournament that is played on sand courts. There are two divisions, 4-player teams and 6-player teams, which are open to males and females. Award ceremony is at the conclusion of each division's match. Advanced registration is required. Call the Regional Recreation Department for more details, 631-321-3510.

Saturday July 14th- 6 Player Division

Sunday July 15th- 4 Player Division

Central Mall- Field 4

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