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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
Sat 21 Apr
Power of Seeds
Saturday, April 21, 2018 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 - but they all began as seeds! Come discover the magic of seed germination that is happening everywhere you look this time of year! Ages 5 and up.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day
Sunday, April 22, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

It's Earth Day here at the beach! Join us for this Big Event with fun games, crafts, and activities that will help us be better stewards and appreciate the environment. Stop in for this Free Event and discover what you can do, the planet will thank you!

Tue 01 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- To Mom, with Love
Tuesday, May 1, 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 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295


Meeting location: West Bathhouse Employee Parking Lot

Special instructions: Volunteers should follow Event Parking Signs

Project 1: Instillation of snow fence. Instillation of beach access mat. Beach clean-up. All ages welcome. Please bring: hat, sunscreen, warm clothes and closed toed shoes

We can accommodate: Large Groups, Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 516-679-7200

Registration: Required
Sun 06 May
Nature Sketching
Sunday, May 6, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Let's discover the basics of nature sketching! We'll take a hike to do art work in the field – like fun sketching Games and wildlife still lifes. We will provide the paper, pencil, and charcoal.

Registration: Required

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