Learn and Discover

Jun
1
Sat
Ask a Botanist @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter
Jun 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Ask a Botanist @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter | Toms River | New Jersey | United States

Enjoy this unique opportunity to join a professional and knowledgeable botanist for a short presentation followed by a walk through the beautiful 40 acres of Browns Woods outside the Barnegat Bay EcoCenter. Don’t forget to bring a sample of that pesky plant you have been curious about-Jason Hafstad can help you identify it!

Jun
19
Wed
Natural Lands Trust Program Advisory Committee Meeting @ Ocean County Administration Building
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Natural Lands Trust Fund Program was established to acquire and maintain environmentally sensitive lands, natural areas or open spaces that would generally remain in their natural state and for the preservation of farmland. The objective of the program, is to establish of a system of protected lands which, in combination with the Farmlands Preservation Program, enhance the quality of life in Ocean County by:

  • Helping to maintain the County’s rural characteristics;
  • Protecting critical environmental resources and water supply;
  • Maintaining and enhancing active agriculture;
  • Buffering areas that are not compatible with development.

In 1997, the residents of Ocean County, overwhelmingly voted to establish the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Program. The approval of a 1.2 cent dedicated tax provides the Board of Chosen Freeholders with the funds to acquire lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation. On February 18, 1998, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders established a nine member Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee to advise on the preparation of the required open space plan and the nomination of properties to be acquired through the Natural Lands Trust Fund. The committee’s purpose is to review nominations for the Trust Fund and to forward recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for consideration.

The program now generates over $10 million per year for natural lands acquisitions and farmland preservation. Several important parcels have been preserved and acquired through partnerships with non-profits, municipalities and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information on the program click here.

** November/December meetings are combined. Date and location to be determined. Meetings are subject to change, please contact the Ocean County Planning Department to confirm dates at 732-929-2054.

Jul
4
Thu
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter

Want to learn how to seine? Join us for FREE at the EcoCenter and we’ll bring you, your friends or family down to the water to get your feet wet and see what we catch. This is a great activity to enjoy with your grandchildren or any age!

Be prepared to get wet 🙂

Jul
11
Thu
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter

Want to learn how to seine? Join us for FREE at the EcoCenter and we’ll bring you, your friends or family down to the water to get your feet wet and see what we catch. This is a great activity to enjoy with your grandchildren or any age!

Be prepared to get wet 🙂

Jul
15
Mon
Marsh Madness @ Barnegat Bay Marshes
Jul 15 all-day
Marsh Madness @ Barnegat Bay Marshes

Annual Barnegat Bay marsh clean-up conducted by the Junior Sailing Program of the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association (BBYRA) and Save Barnegat Bay. Each participating Yacht Club selects the youth’s favorite local marsh and plans to rally hand picked trash and debris to their coach boat and then landward to the Club or municipality for proper disposal.

In 2018, over 390 individual sailors removed 57 bags of trash from our beloved, sensitive marsh areas. All 12 clubs in the BBYRA participated! Our goal for 2019 is to host a bay-wide clean-up…including all the clubs in the south bay too!

Jul
17
Wed
Natural Lands Trust Program Advisory Committee Meeting @ Ocean County Administration Building
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Natural Lands Trust Fund Program was established to acquire and maintain environmentally sensitive lands, natural areas or open spaces that would generally remain in their natural state and for the preservation of farmland. The objective of the program, is to establish of a system of protected lands which, in combination with the Farmlands Preservation Program, enhance the quality of life in Ocean County by:

  • Helping to maintain the County’s rural characteristics;
  • Protecting critical environmental resources and water supply;
  • Maintaining and enhancing active agriculture;
  • Buffering areas that are not compatible with development.

In 1997, the residents of Ocean County, overwhelmingly voted to establish the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Program. The approval of a 1.2 cent dedicated tax provides the Board of Chosen Freeholders with the funds to acquire lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation. On February 18, 1998, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders established a nine member Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee to advise on the preparation of the required open space plan and the nomination of properties to be acquired through the Natural Lands Trust Fund. The committee’s purpose is to review nominations for the Trust Fund and to forward recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for consideration.

The program now generates over $10 million per year for natural lands acquisitions and farmland preservation. Several important parcels have been preserved and acquired through partnerships with non-profits, municipalities and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information on the program click here.

** November/December meetings are combined. Date and location to be determined. Meetings are subject to change, please contact the Ocean County Planning Department to confirm dates at 732-929-2054.

Jul
18
Thu
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter

Want to learn how to seine? Join us for FREE at the EcoCenter and we’ll bring you, your friends or family down to the water to get your feet wet and see what we catch. This is a great activity to enjoy with your grandchildren or any age!

Be prepared to get wet 🙂

Jul
25
Thu
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter

Want to learn how to seine? Join us for FREE at the EcoCenter and we’ll bring you, your friends or family down to the water to get your feet wet and see what we catch. This is a great activity to enjoy with your grandchildren or any age!

Be prepared to get wet 🙂

Aug
1
Thu
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Thursday Seining @ Barnegat Bay EcoCenter

Want to learn how to seine? Join us for FREE at the EcoCenter and we’ll bring you, your friends or family down to the water to get your feet wet and see what we catch. This is a great activity to enjoy with your grandchildren or any age!

Be prepared to get wet 🙂

Aug
2
Fri
Beach Ball-A-Palooza @ Bayfront Field
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beach Ball-A-Palooza @ Bayfront Field

FREE event Beach Ball-a-Palooza on the bayfront hosted by Ocean County Parks & Recreation. Music by Jimmy and the Parrots, nature walks, Bay Boat tours on Pontoon Boats, games, crafts, nature walks, dancing, inflatables and community information. Bring a beach chair or blanket. FREE shuttle from parking at Cattus Island County Park.

***Event details may change at any time. Please review the official website or check with the event organizer when planning to attend the event.