Get Involved with Island Beach State Park

Conservation Talks – Lecture Series


Join us in the park for a Sunday afternoon lecture and walk!


Lectures will take place very Sunday, February - April.

Registration is required for each lecture. See detail below.


Sunday, April 22 - ReClam the Bay

ReClam the Bay is a local non-profit that promotes environmental involvement and education by growing and maintaining millions of baby clams and oysters at upwellers located along the Barnegat Bay. Learn about the important work they do and how you can get involved. Register here!


Completed 2018 Lectures:

Sunday, February 11 - Clean Ocean Action: Amanda Wheeler, education and volunteer coordinator at Clean Ocean Action, will offer insight into the organization’s efforts to keep our ocean clean. Clean Ocean Action holds twice yearly Beach Sweeps and a Student Summit for middle schools at Sandy Hook and Island Beach, among other events. 

Sunday, February 18 - Marine Mammal Stranding CenterSince 1978, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a private, nonprofit organization, has responded to over 5,000 strandings of whales, dolphins, seals, and sea turtles that have come ashore in New Jersey. Learn more about their work, what to do and what not to do if you see a stranded animal, and how you can help. 

Sunday, February 25 - Save Barnegat Bay: Join GraceAnne Taylor of Save Barnegat Bay to learn about its mission to restore and protect Barnegat Bay and its ecosystem by being a strong and independent voice for the Bay throughout the watershed, including all of Ocean and part of Monmouth Counties.

Sunday, March 4 - Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone: Dr. Jim Merritt, program director at the Sedge Islands Natural Resource Education Center for more than 17 years, will use a map to lead the audience on a virtual tour of the Sedge Islands Marine Conservation Zone, which contains 1900 acres  of highly productive tidal marshes, creeks, ponds, and open water. Dr Merritt plans to share some of his favorite kayaking routes and clamming spots. 

Sunday, March 11 - Creating Environmental Solutions in a Coastal Community: Jon Gibbons will present Creating Environmental Solutions in a Coastal Community. The principles of beneficial environmental practice are becoming more fully developed and to some extent better known. Mr. Gibbons shares the opportunities and practicalities in introducing these principles in a holistic way throughout his pocket community, with just 1,800 population and stringent resources. 


Sunday, March 18 - “Terrapins and Crab Pots: Ways to make a safer Barnegat Bay”

Come learn about the Northern Diamondback Terrapins that frequent the Barnegat Bay and Island Beach State Park from Dr. John Wnek. Dr. Wnek has worked with terrapins at Island Beach State Park and North Sedge Island since 2002. Come and interact with a local turtle species found at Island Beach State Park, and learn ways that we are reducing species loss in Barnegat Bay! Register here!


Sunday, March 25 - American Littoral Society

Join Captain Al Modjeski, Restoration Director at the American Littoral Society. He will discuss the work that has been done in Barnegat Bay and showcase some of their most successful citizen science programs . An excellent opportunity to explore how the use of living shorelines and oyster reefs might benefit the Barnegat Bay area. Register here!


Sunday, April 8 - Sustainable Landscape Design for the Coastal Plain: What it really means to go native!

Take a trip with Jason Austin, co owner of the Little Plant Company, from the bogs to the barrens, and the water to the woods. Get ready to embrace all of the regional flora of the New Jersey pine barrens and closely allied barrier islands. Find out all about the habitat niches and regional adaptations that these plants occupy and have developed over time, to stitch together the fabric of our local coastal ecologies. We will also discuss the complex interspecific interactions that these sustainable plantings create and how they integrate seamlessly into the local landscape. This talk is cosponsored by Barnegat Bay Partnership and the Jersey Shore Chapter of the NJ Native Plant Society. Register here!


Sunday, April 15 - Barnegat Bay: Restoration, Enhancement & Protection

Join Lynette Luring, Research Scientist at NJDEP, for a discussion about the next phase of the restoration of Barnegat Bay: Restoration, Enhancement & Protection. Moving from Science to Action. Register here!



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: