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Sat 08 Oct
PASSPORT TO PARKS
Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Mon 15 Aug
FREE LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
Monday, August 15, 2022 08:00 AM - 07:45 PM
Jones Beach State Park
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that New York State will provide free Learn-to-Swim programs. Enrollment for the Learn-to-Swim program for children is open at all participating New York State parks. Participants' parents are asked to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Each swim program is 30 minutes in duration and participants who enroll in these lessons will receive a New York State Parks swag bag and participation certificate. Please note participants should park on the West side of the Field 4 parking lot and must pay the $10 parking fee. The Learn-to-Swim Program incorporates guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross to teach swimming and water safety skills. Our morning Learn-to-Swim Program is for children ages 6 through 15, at Jones Beach State Park. It is encouraged that participants bring their own goggles and a swim cap. Times: 8am-8:30am = Level 2, 8:45am-9:15am = Level 1, 9:30am-10am = Parent and Child, 9:30am-10am = Pre-K, 7:00PM - 7:45PM - Adult Swim. https://bookwhen.com/learntoswimli
Mon 08 Aug
FREE LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
Monday, August 8, 2022 08:00 AM - 07:45 PM
Jones Beach State Park
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that New York State will provide free Learn-to-Swim programs. Enrollment for the Learn-to-Swim program for children is open at all participating New York State parks. Participants' parents are asked to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Each swim program is 30 minutes in duration and participants who enroll in these lessons will receive a New York State Parks swag bag and participation certificate. Please note participants should park on the West side of the Field 4 parking lot and must pay the $10 parking fee. The Learn-to-Swim Program incorporates guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross to teach swimming and water safety skills. Our morning Learn-to-Swim Program is for children ages 6 through 15, at Jones Beach State Park. It is encouraged that participants bring their own goggles and a swim cap. Times: 8am-8:30am = Level 2, 8:45am-9:15am = Level 1, 9:30am-10am = Parent and Child, 9:30am-10am = Pre-K, 7:00PM - 7:45PM - Adult Swim. https://bookwhen.com/learntoswimli
Mon 01 Aug
FREE LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
Monday, August 1, 2022 08:00 AM - 07:45 PM
Jones Beach State Park
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that New York State will provide free Learn-to-Swim programs. Enrollment for the Learn-to-Swim program for children is open at all participating New York State parks. Participants' parents are asked to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Each swim program is 30 minutes in duration and participants who enroll in these lessons will receive a New York State Parks swag bag and participation certificate. Please note participants should park on the West side of the Field 4 parking lot and must pay the $10 parking fee. The Learn-to-Swim Program incorporates guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross to teach swimming and water safety skills. Our morning Learn-to-Swim Program is for children ages 6 through 15, at Jones Beach State Park. It is encouraged that participants bring their own goggles and a swim cap. Times: 8am-8:30am = Level 2, 8:45am-9:15am = Level 1, 9:30am-10am = Parent and Child, 9:30am-10am = Pre-K, 7:00PM - 7:45PM - Adult Swim. https://bookwhen.com/learntoswimli
Sun 31 Jul
Beach Cleanup
Sunday, July 31, 2022 07:45 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Help beautify our beachfronts by lending a hand on our beach cleanup. We will provide all the materials, and you will join a staff member to the parts of our environment that need the most assistance!
Sat 30 Jul
Birding & Biking
Saturday, July 30, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Join us for a leisurely bike ride with rest stops for birding. Learn about the different habitats on Jones Beach and keep your eyes open for shorebirds, Ospreys, Warblers, Tree Swallows, and more. No experience required. Binoculars are provided--but bikes and helmets are not. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+)
Fri 29 Jul
Discover the Dunes
Friday, July 29, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Get a taste of Jones Beach with a beautiful and easy walk. Take a guided walk down to the ocean and back to see what plants, animal tracks, and other features of the landscape there are to be seen on a given day, and learn about what makes Jones Beach unique. The walk consists of a there-and-back trail (1 mile). All Ages
Fri 29 Jul
Tiny Tots: Otters
Friday, July 29, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6)
Thu 28 Jul
Evening Hike
Thursday, July 28, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Join a JBENC educator for an evening hike on the West End of Jones Beach. We will be guided by the dusk light and get the opportunity to explore how our beach's ecosystem changes at this time of day. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+)
Thu 28 Jul
Power of Wind
Thursday, July 28, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park

Wind power is strong enough to move huge turbines and make clean energy that powers your home! Learn about wind energy and how we harness the power of the wind. Children (Ages 8-12)

Wed 27 Jul
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Wayfinding
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12)
Tue 26 Jul
Summer Crafts: All Ages
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Celebrate summer's arrival by making some fun and beautiful crafts! Bring home a fun new decoration. RSVP required.
Mon 25 Jul
Discover the Dunes
Monday, July 25, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Get a taste of Jones Beach with a beautiful and easy walk. Take a guided walk down to the ocean and back to see what plants, animal tracks, and other features of the landscape there are to be seen on a given day, and learn about what makes Jones Beach unique. The walk consists of a there-and-back trail (1 mile). All Ages
Mon 25 Jul
FREE LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
Monday, July 25, 2022 08:00 AM - 07:45 PM
Jones Beach State Park
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that New York State will provide free Learn-to-Swim programs. Enrollment for the Learn-to-Swim program for children is open at all participating New York State parks. Participants' parents are asked to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Each swim program is 30 minutes in duration and participants who enroll in these lessons will receive a New York State Parks swag bag and participation certificate. Please note participants should park on the West side of the Field 4 parking lot and must pay the $10 parking fee. The Learn-to-Swim Program incorporates guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross to teach swimming and water safety skills. Our morning Learn-to-Swim Program is for children ages 6 through 15, at Jones Beach State Park. It is encouraged that participants bring their own goggles and a swim cap. Times: 8am-8:30am = Level 2, 8:45am-9:15am = Level 1, 9:30am-10am = Parent and Child, 9:30am-10am = Pre-K, 7:00PM - 7:45PM - Adult Swim. https://bookwhen.com/learntoswimli
Sun 24 Jul
Squid Lab
Sunday, July 24, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Slap on those gloves and get your dissection tools ready because we're diving into the anatomy and survival adaptions of the squid. Join us for a guided squid dissection for a deeper understanding of these magnificent marine animals. RSVP required. All Ages.
Sat 23 Jul
Beach Cleanup
Saturday, July 23, 2022 07:45 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Help beautify our beachfronts by lending a hand on our beach cleanup. We will provide all the materials, and you will join a staff member to the parts of our environment that need the most assistance!
Fri 22 Jul
Tiny Tots: Snakes
Friday, July 22, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6)
Thu 21 Jul
Sunset Reiki & Meditation with Tracey
Thursday, July 21, 2022 07:00 PM - 07:45 PM
Jones Beach State Park
$10 fee paid in cash or Venmo Join us for an evening of meditation, reiki, and connection. Come experience techniques that quiet the mind, relax the body, and reduce stress. All are welcome- no experience necessary.
Thu 21 Jul
Power of Wind
Thursday, July 21, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park

Wind power is strong enough to move huge turbines and make clean energy that powers your home! Learn about wind energy and how we harness the power of the wind. Children (Ages 8-12)

Wed 20 Jul
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Plankton
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12)
Tue 19 Jul
Creture Feature
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is home to several educational animals—come and meet them! Learn about our reptile species, hear their individual stories, and spend time with them in person. All Ages
Mon 18 Jul
Discover the Dunes
Monday, July 18, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Get a taste of Jones Beach with a beautiful and easy walk. Take a guided walk down to the ocean and back to see what plants, animal tracks, and other features of the landscape there are to be seen on a given day, and learn about what makes Jones Beach unique. The walk consists of a there-and-back trail (1 mile). All Ages
Mon 18 Jul
FREE LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
Monday, July 18, 2022 08:00 AM - 07:45 PM
Jones Beach State Park
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that New York State will provide free Learn-to-Swim programs. Enrollment for the Learn-to-Swim program for children is open at all participating New York State parks. Participants' parents are asked to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Each swim program is 30 minutes in duration and participants who enroll in these lessons will receive a New York State Parks swag bag and participation certificate. Please note participants should park on the West side of the Field 4 parking lot and must pay the $10 parking fee. The Learn-to-Swim Program incorporates guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross to teach swimming and water safety skills. Our morning Learn-to-Swim Program is for children ages 6 through 15, at Jones Beach State Park. It is encouraged that participants bring their own goggles and a swim cap. Times: 8am-8:30am = Level 2, 8:45am-9:15am = Level 1, 9:30am-10am = Parent and Child, 9:30am-10am = Pre-K, 7:00PM - 7:45PM - Adult Swim. https://bookwhen.com/learntoswimli
Sun 17 Jul
Community Seining
Sunday, July 17, 2022 10:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Join a JBENC educator to learn about seine fishing and meet the aquatic organisms that call Jones Bay home. Seine fishing employs a large net (seine) with two poles. Two people stand parallel to the shore, each holding one pole. As it sweeps the water, the net catches aquatic organisms.
Sat 16 Jul
Jones Beach Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, July 16, 2022 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park


This annual volleyball tournament will consist of 6-Player teams only, which are open to males and females. Tournament is played on sand courts. Advanced registration is required, call the Regional Recreation Department for an application (631) 321-3510. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams. The award ceremony will take place immediately following the conclusion of the final match.

Date: Saturday, July 16th
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY Central Mall-Field 4
Fee: Free to public
Vehicle Use Fee: $10.00

Fri 15 Jul
Discover the Dunes
Friday, July 15, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Get a taste of Jones Beach with a beautiful and easy walk. Take a guided walk down to the ocean and back to see what plants, animal tracks, and other features of the landscape there are to be seen on a given day, and learn about what makes Jones Beach unique. The walk consists of a there-and-back trail (1 mile). All Ages
Fri 15 Jul
Be a Good Egg with Audubon NY
Friday, July 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:15 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Visit the Center to meet representatives from Audubon NY who are dedicated to protecting our endangered birds. They will show you how you, too, can do your part for the environment.
Thu 14 Jul
Evening Hike
Thursday, July 14, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Join a JBENC educator for an evening hike on the West End of Jones Beach. We will be guided by the dusk light and get the opportunity to explore how our beach's ecosystem changes at this time of day. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+)
Thu 14 Jul
Power of Wind
Thursday, July 14, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park

Wind power is strong enough to move huge turbines and make clean energy that powers your home! Learn about wind energy and how we harness the power of the wind. Children (Ages 8-12)

Wed 13 Jul
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Solar
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12)
Wed 13 Jul
Panels & Plants
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Solar energy is all around us! Come explore how plants and solar panels utilize the sun's power in different ways. Take a guided walk around the Center and the pollinator garden to learn about the wonders of solar energy. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+)
Tue 12 Jul
Summer Crafts: Seniors
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Celebrate summer's arrival by making some fun and beautiful crafts! Bring home a fun new decoration. RSVP required.
Tue 12 Jul
Beach Cleanup
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 07:45 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Help beautify our beachfronts by lending a hand on our beach cleanup. We will provide all the materials, and you will join a staff member to the parts of our environment that need the most assistance!
Mon 11 Jul
Discover the Dunes
Monday, July 11, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Get a taste of Jones Beach with a beautiful and easy walk. Take a guided walk down to the ocean and back to see what plants, animal tracks, and other features of the landscape there are to be seen on a given day, and learn about what makes Jones Beach unique. The walk consists of a there-and-back trail (1 mile). All Ages
Mon 11 Jul
FREE LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
Monday, July 11, 2022 08:00 AM - 07:45 PM
Jones Beach State Park
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that New York State will provide free Learn-to-Swim programs. Enrollment for the Learn-to-Swim program for children is open at all participating New York State parks. Participants' parents are asked to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Each swim program is 30 minutes in duration and participants who enroll in these lessons will receive a New York State Parks swag bag and participation certificate. Please note participants should park on the West side of the Field 4 parking lot and must pay the $10 parking fee. The Learn-to-Swim Program incorporates guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross to teach swimming and water safety skills. Our morning Learn-to-Swim Program is for children ages 6 through 15, at Jones Beach State Park. It is encouraged that participants bring their own goggles and a swim cap. Times: 8am-8:30am = Level 2, 8:45am-9:15am = Level 1, 9:30am-10am = Parent and Child, 9:30am-10am = Pre-K, 7:00PM - 7:45PM - Adult Swim. https://bookwhen.com/learntoswimli
Sun 10 Jul
Squid Lab
Sunday, July 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Slap on those gloves and get your dissection tools ready because we're diving into the anatomy and survival adaptions of the squid. Join us for a guided squid dissection for a deeper understanding of these magnificent marine animals. RSVP required. All Ages
Sat 09 Jul
Plover Patrol with Audubon NY
Saturday, July 9, 2022 10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
During the summer, Jones Beach provides habitat and nesting grounds for endangered birds like the Piping Plover. Learn about these wonderful shorebirds and help us protect them! 10:30-11:30- Protect the Plovers Poster Making 11:30-12:30- Sharing the Shore with Audubon NY 1-2 - Plover Patrol Beach Stroll
Fri 08 Jul
Tiny Tots: Pirates
Friday, July 8, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 3-6)
Thu 07 Jul
Astronomy Night with Dr. J. Bret Bennington (Hofstra)
Thursday, July 7, 2022 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Join Dr. Bennington for a night of summer skies! The program will start indoors for a brief talk on the summer sky before heading outside. On our back deck, we will use a telescope to focus on the Moon, the brighter stars, and their constellations.
Thu 07 Jul
Beach Cleanup
Thursday, July 7, 2022 07:45 AM
Jones Beach State Park
Help beautify our beachfronts by lending a hand on our beach cleanup. We will provide all the materials, and you will join a staff member to the parts of our environment that need the most assistance!
Wed 06 Jul
S.T.E.A.M. Workshop: Shellfish
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Come to Jones Beach and join us for an exciting new activity every week. Your little one will get creative, get moving, and start learning about the fun of the outdoors and of science. RSVP required. Children (Ages 8-12)
Wed 06 Jul
Panels & Plants
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Solar energy is all around us! Come explore how plants and solar panels utilize the sun's power in different ways. Take a guided walk around the Center and the pollinator garden to learn about the wonders of solar energy. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+)
Tue 05 Jul
Creature Feature
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is home to several educational animals—come and meet them! Learn about our reptile species, hear their individual stories, and spend time with them in person. All Ages
Mon 04 Jul
July 4th Fireworks
Monday, July 4, 2022
Jones Beach State Park

Join us on July 4 for the Jovia Financial Credit Union Fireworks Spectacular at Jones Beach State Park for a 25-minute dazzling display that will feature a variety of colors and sights illuminating the sky at Long Island's popular oceanfront park. The colorful display, performed by Garden State Fireworks, will take place on Monday, July 4, beginning at 9:30 p.m. This year, WALK 97.5 FM and KJOY-98.3 FM will simulcast music during the fireworks presentation. The firework show is included in the regular price of park admission, $10 per vehicle. 
Please note drones are not permitted at Jones Beach. 

For event details visit: https://www.walkradio.com/july4/

This year's program, with lead sponsorship by Jovia Financial Credit Union, is also made possible with support from the Natural Heritage Trust, Foundation for Long Island State Parks Inc., Captree Boatman's Association, Newsday, Connoisseur Media Long Island, and J & B Restaurant Partners.

Sun 03 Jul
Squid Lab
Sunday, July 3, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Slap on those gloves and get your dissection tools ready because we're diving into the anatomy and survival adaptions of the squid. Join us for a guided squid dissection for a deeper understanding of these magnificent marine animals. RSVP required. All Ages
Sat 02 Jul
Birding & Biking
Saturday, July 2, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
Join us for a leisurely bike ride with rest stops for birding. Learn about the different habitats on Jones Beach and keep your eyes open for shorebirds, Ospreys, Warblers, Tree Swallows, and more. No experience required. Binoculars are provided--but bikes and helmets are not. Adults & Teens (Ages 12+)