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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
Sat 29 Sep
Wild Weather: (Children’s Program)
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for some experiments and activities that help demonstrate the power of lightning, tornados and hurricanes. Appropriate for children ages 6+.

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Sep
Amazing Monarchs: (Family Program)
Sunday, September 30, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Monarch butterflies fly our east coast shore line this time every year; only their offspring return. Learn about these amazing flyers and how they make their long trip.

Registration: Required
Tue 02 Oct
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

October 2nd- Spikes and Shields

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 13 Oct
Hawk Migration Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Adult Program: The barrier beaches of Long Island are a key stop along the Atlantic Flyway and a major migratory route for thousands of raptors each fall. Join us at the Nature Center where we will search for hawks and falcons. Enjoy a ringside view of this amazing phenomenon. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Take a Bird to Lunch
Saturday, October 13, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Children Program: Autumn is the time of year when birds are bulking up on food. Whether they are using the energy to make a long migration or they need their fat reserves to get them through a long cold winter, it is important for birds to get some big meals in the fall. Let’s help them out! Come create some special take-home bird feeders to help out the feathered friends in your yard! Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

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