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Island Beach State Park is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in the northeast and home to an amazing diversity of wildlife and plant communities. We are thrilled to offer programs that showcase this wonderful ecosystem.


2019 Daily Programs – Free Fun for the Whole Family!

Join Park Natural Educators and have some FREE fun as you explore the natural wonders of Island Beach State Park! Children must be accompanied by an adult. IBSP Daily Programs are free with paid admission into the Park.

  • Touch Tank Time: 11am-12pm & 4pm-5pm
  • Seining: 12pm and 3pm
  • Trail Tales: 1:30pm

They’re perfect for all ages and entire families! You will need to reserve your space the day of before the seining tours or Trail Tales because there are limited spaces.

For our seining tours you will take a short 5 minute interpretative native plant walk over to the bay across from the Pavillion and then our expert Naturalists will teach you how to wield a seine net. You will get a chance to experience the Barnegat Bay in a whole new way and you will get to interact with and learn about many local species!

Our Naturalists will be at the Pavillion everyday from 11am-5pm. They can answer any questions you might have about our programs, the history of the park, or any natural phenomena you’ve noticed. They love it when you bring interesting things you’ve found on the beach and they’ll help you to identify them!

Upcoming Programs

There are no upcoming events at this time.

2019  Guided Programs

  • Beginner’s Surf Fishing Clinic
  • Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
  • Birding by Kayak Tour
  • Sunset Paddle
  • Moonlight Stroll
  • Astrophotography 101
  • History of the Judges Shack
  • Coastal Cooking
  • Shellfish Gardening 101

NOTE:  Refunds will be given ONLY if the program is cancelled by IBSP.  You must provide at least 24 hours notice if you would like to reschedule.


WILD CHILD Programs

Information about 2019 WILD_CHILD Events coming soon!

  • Island Explorers Field Experience
  • IBSP Junior Naturalist
  • Surfing Safari

NOTE:  Refunds will be given ONLY if the program is cancelled by IBSP.  You must provide at least 24 hours notice if you would like to reschedule.


A liability form is required for each visitor participating in a Guided Program. Download the liability form


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