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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 Mar
Piping Plover Volunteer Day
Saturday, March 24, 2018 09:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us to help protect the endangered piping plover!

Please register yourself or your group, or for more information, please call the Nature Center at 516-780-3295

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
Sat 26 May
Saturday, May 26, 2018 until Sunday, May 27, 2018 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The 2018 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach features the United States Navy Blue Angels along with the US Army Golden Knight Parachute Team. Other performers include Screamin' Sasquatch and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds. Arrive early to enjoy the numerous displays and vendors as well as avoid traffic delays and parking field closures. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition you do not want to miss!

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 Sunday, May 27, 2018

New Time: 12:00 Noon – 5:00pm (both days)

Fee: $10 Vehicle Use Fee

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