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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.

Learn about the proposed Energy and Nature Center at Jones Beach.
State Parks and partners are developing a new educational center that will also act as a gateway to a new Park Preservation Area to the west.

-Public Information Meeting-Jan.8
-Environmental Assessment Form

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

Seal Walks at Jones Beach Nature Center: seal walks have concluded for the season.

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 27 Apr
Spring Planting
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Spring has sprung and with it comes the arrival of plants and flowers emerging from the ground and so many begin as seeds! Come discover the magic of seeds and their germination, happening everywhere you look this time of year. Plant some of your very own to take home!

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Welcome Back Osprey!
Sunday, April 28, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us as we uncover the fascinating history of this amazing raptor. Then we'll set out to observe these beautiful birds in the wild.

Registration: Required
Tue 30 Apr
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Tiny Seeds
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 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
Fri 03 May
Evening Star Gaze
Friday, May 3, 2019 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join the Jones Beach Nature Center for an evening star gaze. The family-friendly event is $4 per person and all ages are welcome.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Start time: 9am
End time: 12pm

Meeting Location: West Bathhouse Employee Parking Lot. Parking Instructions: Volunteers will meet at the West Bathhouse Employee Parking Lot. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project: Instillation of Snow Fence, Installation of Beach Access Mat and Beach Clean-up throughout the park.

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts Questions? Call: 516-679-7200 Email:

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services
  • Interpretive Signs
    • Activities
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours