This Way to Barnegat Bay

This Way to Barnegat Bay has been reestablishing itself over the years, since its inception in 2006. Now, with your continued support, it will grow and prosper into a fully functioning outreach education program. Each lesson helps Ocean County students understand the marine ecosystems right in their backyard and cultivates conservation for the Barnegat Bay Watershed.


Barnegat Bay is the largest body of water in New Jersey! It extends nearly 200 square miles, from Bay Head (or the head of the bay) south to Little Egg Harbor. It is a very unique ecosystem, known as an estuary, with diverse habitats: barrier islands, eelgrass beds, salt marshes, mud flats, and maritime forests. Many species of birds, invertebrates, and fish depend on Barnegat Bay as a nursery for their young and will migrate here from as far away as Canada and South America. In this chapter, we’ll take a look at the Barnegat Bay Watershed and some of the threats to the plants and animals that inhabit it.

Contact the Education and Outreach Coordinator Graceanne Taylor via email to bring these programs to your group!