Get Involved with Island Beach State Park

Conservation Talks – Lecture Series


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

Registration is required for each lecture. See detail below.


Sunday, February 17 - Plant Communities of Island Beach State Park: Join Jason Hafstad as he takes us on a virtual tour from ocean to bay discussing the ecology of the island's plant communities, including the beach, dunes, maritime forest, and salt marshes. Register Here

Sunday, February 24 - Marine Mammal Stranding CenterSince 1978, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a private, nonprofit oorganization, has responded to over 5,000 standings 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. Register Here

Sunday, March 24  - 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. Register Here

Sunday, March 31 - Blue crabbing at Barnegat Bay: Secrets from the Deep: This program will focus on blue crabs and methods used to capture crabs.  Dr. John Wnek will discuss a project in which derelict crab pots were recovered from Barnegat Bay over the course of four years with some results on bycatch.  It will also focus on research that is addressing optimal crab captures and reduction of bycatch.  It will be an interactive program and there will be ways for you to get involved in our new crabbing initiative.  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: