A collection of programs designed for all ages to enjoy the wonders of the natural world. Perfect for the whole family!
Family Fun programs are free but registration is required.
Estuary Explorers at the NEW Life on the Edge Exhibit upstairs at the Tuckerton Seaport
Bring your little scientists to come explore the different habitats of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in our NEW Life on the Edge Exhibit upstairs at the Tuckerton Seaport Yacht Club! Each Saturday in June from 10:00-11:00 AM we will discover a new habitat by doing hands on activities which will engage all of the senses. The whole family is welcome (activities will be geared for children age 4-8). The program is free but if you would like to extend your visit with a tour of
the Seaport there is an admission fee.
Pine Barrens: Sights and Sounds of the Forest
June 8, 2013
Discover the Pine Barrens by finding out who calls it home! Children will learn
how trees grow and why they are important to us and other animals. Afterwards,
we will investigate the animals that live in the Pinelands by listening to
the sounds of the forest.
Estuaries: Families, Food, and Fun!
June 15, 2013
Estuaries (the area where fresh and salt water mix) can be a great place for fun.
and provide us with food, but we aren't the only ones that depend on
estuaries. We'll explore what an estuary is while understanding the
importance of keeping them healthy for us and other species. A special Father's
Day craft will be made to honor all the fathers of the animal kingdom!
Barrier Islands: Sand and Silly Shellfish
June 22, 2013
Where does all of the sand come from and what is it made of? Children will
have the chance to examine different kinds of sand using scientific tools. We
will spend time discovering the critters that once lived inside the unique shells
we find on our barrier islands.
Coastal Ocean: Want to be an Ocean Explorer?
June 29, 2013
Jacques Cousteau's dream of becoming an ocean explorer began as a young
child. Manfish, a children's book about Jacques Cousteau's journey, will be
featured. Afterwards, your young ocean explorers will have the chance to
imagine and create creatures of the coastal ocean waiting to be discovered!
More Summer Fun Programs!
June 20, 2013
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
What else lives in the water besides fish? Come explore and discover the creepy crawly things that live in the mucky sand of our local waters. We'll collect and explore these
benthic invertebrates with Rutgers Marine Scientist Rose Petrecca during this hands-on adventure.
Build and Underwater Robot!
June 12, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
July 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
A variety of underwater robots are used to explore, our underwater world. You'll discover the difference between an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and an Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and how they are used at the Reserve. Then you'll test your skills as you build an ROV to run in our pool.
Nature Arts & Crafts
July 31, 2013
Ongoing 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Let the creative juices flow as we use nature to create a variety of arts and crafts you then take home. Come anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 to visit a variety of arts and crafts stations. Fun for the whole family!