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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.

COMING SOON
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.

-Announcement
-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

Winter Nature Programs

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Group Programs

Reservations for Seal Walks at Jones Beach Nature Center

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
Sun 20 Jan
Scrap the Winter Blues Away
Sunday, January 20, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Make a keepsake to give as a gift or keep for yourself. We will show you how to make a nature inspired scrapbook. Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring pictures and anything other special items to add to your pages. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 22 Jan
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Snowflakes
Tuesday, January 22, 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.
Sun 27 Jan
Winter Run Series-5K
Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Last of the weekly 5K runs. Registration for this race is $15 per entry. Each race will include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle prizes. See application for more details or call the Long Island Region Recreation Department, 631-321-3510.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Feb
Bayberry Candles
Sunday, February 3, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bayberry, a common shrub found all over the barrier islands of New York, has some surprising links to American History. We will teach you all about the origins of the bayberry candle and each family will have the opportunity to make their own decorative candle to take home. Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Tue 05 Feb
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Heart 2 Heart
Tuesday, February 5, 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.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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