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Dune Grass Plantings

Spring Dune Grass Planting: March 10, 2018 


We need ~200 volunteers to help us plant beach grass in the park. 

Planting beachgrass helps to build the dunes which in turn, creates habitat, increases coastal resiliency to storms, and is a wonderful community building event. 

All volunteers must register in advance. (Rain Date: March 24)

Click here to complete the volunteer registration form. 


Do you love our annual grass planting event? Want to get more involved? We need volunteer team leads to help coordinate the day of the event. Contact Stevie Thorsen if you are interested in helping out!


Throughout the spring and fall the Friends of Island Beach State Park team up with many other organizations to plant dune grass in the park.


Why do we plant dune grass? Dune grass plays an important role in stabilizing the dunes during storms. Dunes are the primary defense against storms and the powerful ocean surge.

What can you do? Join us for a future planting! The next dune grass planting will be on December 2.


The Friends of Island Beach thanks our sponsors for the 2018 events. Please support local these local businesses who support the park and the community: 

Here are photos from a recent dune grass planting. Many thanks to photographer and FOIBSP Board Member Ray Halgreen for sharing the images. 


And, here is video from the same day (12/3/16). Thank you Gregory Coraggio