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Jones Beach Nature Center Schedule of Events

The Jones Beach Nature Center will offer the following programs during winter 2019. Advanced reservations are required beginning on the dates indicated in the parenthesis. To register, please call (516) 780-3295. There will be a fee of $4.00 per person and children under 3 are free. The parking fee must be paid during fee collection season.

Winter Seal Walks

Our winter visitors are here! Join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Saturday January 12th 1:30-3:00PM

Sunday January 13th 1:30-3:00PM

Saturday January 19th 10:30AM-12:00Noon

Sunday January 27th 1:30-3:00PM

Saturday February 2nd 10:30AM-12:00Noon

Saturday February 9th 1:30-3:00PM

Sunday February 10th 1:30-3:00PM

Sunday February 17th 10:30AM-12:00Noon

Sunday February 24th 1:30-3:00PM

Saturday March 2nd 1:30-3:00PM

Sunday March 10th 1:30-3:00PM


Tiny Tots (Ages 3 – 5)

Held Tuesdays: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 – 5.

January 8 – Seals

January 22 – Snowflakes

February 5 – Heart 2 Heart

February 19 – Counting Critters

March 5 – Leprechaun’s Rainbow

March 19 – Welcome Spring

Scrap the Winter Blues Away: (Children’s Program)

Sunday January 20 1:30 – 3:00 pm

We will show you how to make a nature inspired scrapbook. Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring pictures and any other special items to add to your pages. Reservations Are Required: (516) 780 – 3295.

Bayberry Candles: (Family Program)

Sunday February 3 (1/20) 1:30 – 3:00 pm

We will discuss the origins of the bayberry candles and each family will have the opportunity to make their own decorative candle to take home.
Reservations Are Required: (516) 780 – 3295.

Geology Rocks: (Children’s Program)

Saturday February 16 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

There are rocks that glow in the dark, rocks that float, and rocks that conduct electricity, oh my! Enjoy rock and mineral experiments and explore the intriguing world of geology! Reservations Are Required: (516) 780 – 3295.

Lights, Color, Refraction! (Children’s Program)

Saturday March 16 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Through hands-on activities, we will explore the many ways that light bounces, bends, and reflects. We’ll discover how white light splits apart, revealing al the colors of the rainbow.
Reservations Are Required: (516) 780 – 3295.

Marine Mammals Festival

Saturday, February 23rd 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Join us for a fun filled day all about marine mammals! Learn about these unique animals – big and small, they are similar to us! Move from station to station and participate in exciting activities, or join a seal walk and maybe spot one in person! Wonder though our kelp forest and discover its many secrets. It will be a whale of a time! Please arrive any time during this special event.

Questions? Please call: 516-780-3295

Piping Plover Volunteer Day

Saturday, March 30th 9:00 am

Spring is almost here! Join us to help protect the endangered piping plover before they arrive for the breeding season! Help us put string on fence posts to give these special birds a protected place to nest. They will thank you!

To register and for more information, please call the Nature Center @ 516-780-3295



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