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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

Winter Nature Programs
Winter 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 24 Feb
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Sunday, March 4, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Mar
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Going Green
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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.

Held on Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Mar
Winter Seal Walks at Jones Beach
Sunday, March 18, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Registration: Required

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