The Nature Center is on a barrier island beach within Jones Beach State Park. An exhibit area depicts a variety of marine habitats including the South Shore Estuary Reserve, the seashore and the dune environment. There are lots of fun things for kids to do. Inside the center, children can feel live marine animals, look through a children's microscope or play in the kid's activity area. Outside the center, children can dig up whale bones in the Discovery Bone Cove, walk through the butterfly garden or view a shipwreck.
An environmental boardwalk takes you out into the dune environment to see plants and animals that live there. Interpretive programs are available for schools, youth organizations, clubs and the general public.
The following activities are accessible to persons with disabilities: Group Tours - Reservations Required, Guided Tours, Interpretive Signs and Educational Services
For Schools: Environmental Education Programs
No Pets Allowed
Join the Amateur Observers Society this Spring as we observe the stars and constellations.
Bring your telescopes or binoculars, and we'll uncover more about these diamonds in the
Come join us at Jones Beach State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.
Project 1: Shore line clean up
Project 2: Install snow fence/Moby mats
Contact event coordinator Hank Leggio for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Two sessions will be held: 10:30-11:30 and 1:30-2:30
Come take a sunset stroll along the bay as we search for a prehistoric-looking
visitor to our beaches: the horseshoe crab. We will observe these unique creatures as they
come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Water shoes required!
It's that time of the year again! Birds are migrating along our shores, heading back from
their wintering grounds. Let's hope for a good wind and take a walk around the West End
of Jones Beach to see how many different species we can spot.