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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

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 18 Aug
Beach Art: (Children’s Program)
Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for beach inspired arts & crafts! Enjoy beach combing before heading back inside to create a variety of summer souvenirs, incorporating the treasures we found in nature.

Registration: Required
Sun 19 Aug
Wildlife at Jones Beach (Adult Program)
Sunday, August 19, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our barrier island harbors a wide array of creatures! Join us for a presentation, live demonstration, and short walk to discover some of the animals found at Jones Beach!

Registration: Required
Tue 21 Aug
Tiny Tots (Ages 3 – 5)- Beach Art
Tuesday, August 21, 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.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Sep
Birding Basics: (Adult Program)
Saturday, September 1, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

In this introductory class for beginning birders, we will get you started with the basics of field guide and equipment use, tips for identification, and ethical field practices.

Registration: Required
Sun 02 Sep
The Power of Energy: (Children’s Program)
Sunday, September 2, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us as we explore the fascinating world of electricity; where it comes from, how it works, and maybe create some of our own! Appropriate for children ages 7 +.

Registration: Required

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