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Conservation Celebration: Sedge Islands

June 16 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone is an ecologically sensitive ecosystem within Barnegat Bay. The creation of the Conservation Zone has helped reduce impacts of personal watercraft on submerged aquatic vegetation, which is the foundation for much of the marine life found in the bay. In addition, it has created many outdoor recreation and natural resource education opportunities for the public, among many other benefits!

Join us for the 2nd Annual “Conservation Celebration: Sedge Islands” on Saturday, June 16, 2018 to help celebrate the achievements of the Sedge Islands Marine Conservation Zone at Island Beach State Park while giving the public an opportunity to enjoy the natural splendors of Sedge Islands. This is a FREE (with paid park entry) family-friendly event!

During the day we will have multiple tours, hands-on activities and demonstrations available to the public, including guided tours of the historic Sedge House, osprey nest viewing and talks with NJ osprey expert Ben Wurst, kayaking tours, clamming in Barnegat Bay, fishing, a terrapin release, kids activities, and more!! Stay for lunch and sample fresh shucked Barnegat Bay clams, hosted by The Friends of Island Beach State Park at the Nature Center at 12:30pm.


  • Guided Tours of the Sedge House and Osprey Talks with Ben Wurst Boat leaves dock at 10:00, 11:15 & 1:30pm. Meet at Parking Lot A21. Limited to 12 people per tour.
  • Guided Kayak Tours at 10:30 & 1:30pm. Kayaks will be provided. Maximum capacity 10 people. Tours will meet at Kayak/Canoe launch site, across from Lot A21.
  • Clamming Demo at 10:30, 11:30 & 2:30pm. Must wear water shoes. Meet at Lot A15. Short walk to Bay.
  • Fishing at Kayak launch (Lot A21) at 11:30 & 2:30pm. All Equipment provided.
  • Wetlands Walk & Birding at Spizzle Creek at 11am & 2pm. Meet at Lot A20. Birding at Spizzle Creek at 11am & 2pm. Meet at Lot A20.
  • Terrapin Release with MATES Project Terrapin at 11:30 & 2pm. Meet at Nature Center for shuttle.
  • Wonderful Wetlands talk at Nature Center at 10am, 11am & 2pm.
  • Kids Activities and Environmental Information throughout the day at the Nature Center.
  • Sample clams grown in the Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone at Noon at the Nature Center! (provided by Friends of Island Beach State Park & ReClam the Bay).

* Events are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive 15 minutes before each activity to ensure your participation in ongoing events throughout the day!

Learn more about the Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone.

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June 16
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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