Nature Preserves and Zoos
The Jersey Shore is graced with an abundance of wildlife, and you'd be missing out if you did not make plans to visit these great places. Check out our list of Jersey Cape nature areas below, which have much to offer both residents and visitors at the shore. If you're at the shore for the summer, consider volunteering at one of these facilities!

Atlantic City Aquarium
800 N. New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ
Also known as Atlantic City's Ocean Life Center, located at beautiful Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Aquarium offers a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals. The Atlantic City Aquarium's eight tanks total 29,800 gallons of live exhibits.
Phone: (609) 348-2880.

American Littoral Society
Sandy Hook, Highlands, New Jersey
The society's goal is to encourage the study and conservation of marine life and its habitat in the coastal zone. Field trips and educational activities.
Phone: (732) 291-0055

Bayside Center
520 Bay Avenue, Ocean City, NJ
Historical, environmental, and recreational activities. Summer camp programs available.
Phone: (609) 525-9244

Bennett Bogs
Rte. 639, North Cape May
27 acre botanical sanctuary. Over 250 species of plants.
Phone: (609) 861-0600

Cape May Bird Observatory
At the north end of Lily Lake in Cape May Point
Listed as one of the top 10 birding spots in North America. Coordinates birding information and activities.
Phone: (609)884-2736

Cape May Bird Observatory's Center for Research & Education
600 Rt. 47 North, Goshen
Open year round, 10-5
26 acres, bird and butterfly observation, walks and workshops andnature week-ends.

Phone: (609) 861-0700

Cape May County Park & Zoo
Rt. 9, Cape May Court House
Open year round, 9 - 5
128 acre park and zoo. One of the best zoos you'll ever visit!
Phone: (609) 465-5421

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
24 Kimbles Beach Rd., Cape May Court House
Birding, nature study and environmental education.
Phone: (609) 463-1667

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Great Creek Road, Oceanville, New Jersey

Where more than 43,000 acres of Southern New Jersey coastal habitats are actively protected and managed for migratory birds.
Phone: (609) 652-1474

Marine Mammal Stranding Center
3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, NJ 08203
A private non-profit organization based in Brigantine, New Jersey. Since the Centerís founding in 1978, staff and volunteers have responded to over 3000 calls for stranded whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that washed ashore on New Jersey beaches. These animals range from a 5 lb. Kempís Ridley Sea Turtle to a 25-ton Humpback Whale (both of which are endangered species).
Phone: (609) 266-0538

Nature Center of Cape May
1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May
New Jersey Audubon facility specializing in programs for children and families.
Demonstration gardens and exhibits, year-round children's classes.
Phone: (609) 898-8848

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary
Between 111th & 117th Sts., and between Second & Third Aves., Stone Harbor

The Nature Conservatory
Eldora, Cape May
Field trips throughout the year that highlight the areas wonders.
Phone: (609) 861-0600

Wetlands Institute
Just over 96th St. Bridge on Stone Harbor Blvd.
Special events, workshops and classes centered on the wonders of the coastal wetlands.
Phone: (609) 368-1211

A useful link:

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife - website:

If we missed any nature area, please e-mail us at, and we'll be sure to include it in our database.

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