New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Brings You “OCEAN FUN DAY”


This family event will provide not only a fun day to explore the Island Beach Park, but also offer environmental educational opportunities in a lovely setting.

Island Beach State Park is one of the crown jewels of the New Jersey state park system. The park plans to kick off its 2014 summer event season by hosting a free Ocean Fun Day. This is an annual environmental education event for everyone, children and parents alike. Visit Island Beach State Park on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organized by the **New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) in coordination with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Ocean Fun Day will offer a host of hands-on activities, educational displays, a variety of classes, eco-tours of the island, and exhibits that celebrate the wonders found at the Jersey Shore. In addition, the event also offers tips on preserving these natural coastal resources so future generations can also enjoy their beauty and wild life.

“We are not only excited to host once again this special Ocean Fun Day at Island Beach State Park, but also to be able to provide some great recreation for our local residents and visitors while showing off how fully our park has recovered from the battering it took from super storm Sandy,’’ said Island Beach State Park Manager Ray Bukowski. “Visitors are always enjoying and learning about the environment and the park’s ecology, which is why this beautiful barrier island is a perfect setting for such a fun and educational event. “

The number of exhibitors who have committed to be a part of this year’s Ocean Fun Day will make this an especially engaging family event. Activities will include coastal crafts, an energy-saving scavenger hunt, net fishing (known as seining), surf fishing workshops, touch tanks, youth fishing clinics, face painting, and a student science fair competition, as well as the NJSGC’s famous fiddler crab races. For the first time we will also have clamming demonstrations.

If you are planning on attending the Ocean Fun Day on Saturday at Island Beach State Park go directly to the Ocean Bathing Area 1, which is approximately four miles past the park’s gatehouse.

“Without a doubt you can not find a more perfect place than Island Beach State Park for the start of Ocean Fun Days weekend,” said Executive Director of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Claire Antonucci. “This year will be better than ever. We are offering exciting new tours and many fun activities to choose from.”
Our entire Ocean Fun Days team is looking forward to teaching the public about New Jersey’s coastal environment while offering an inimitable weekend of first-class free family fun. WE hope to see you there.

A second Ocean Fun Day is planned in the historic Fort Hancock section of Sandy Hook. It will be held on the weekend of Sunday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the NJSGC headquarters.


About New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. For over 40 years, the Consortium has served New Jersey and the coastal region.

Founded in 1969 as the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium, we have contributed leading research in the field of marine and environmental science. New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium has managed the New Jersey Sea Grant Program (NJSG) since 1979. In 9189 it was awarded Sea Grant College status in recognition of its academic and scientific achievements.

Every year, more than 30,000 students, their families, teachers, Scouts, and the general public participate in the Consortium’s Education Programs and special events.


** The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Mission

The mission of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is to promote the enlightened use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education and outreach. Since 1989, NJSGC has funded projects through a competitive research approach at the state’s leading universities. By focusing on various priority areas related to New Jersey’s most important coastal issues, which include dealing with hazard resilient coastal communities, obtaining a safe and sustainable seafood supply, encouraging healthy coastal ecosystems, and sustainable coastal development, NJSGC hopes to bring the best and the brightest together to resolve these coastal issues, develop fact-based marine policy, as well as improve science literacy among New Jersey’s citizens.

Support the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

In the past year, contributions from donors have permitted us to:
• Support social science research that is directed primarily towards promoting resilience and adaptation along coastal New Jersey.
• Launch anew outreach program for waterfront property owners and associated businesses that focuses on the recent advances in climate knowledge while planning for the changes associated with it.
• Initiate programs to learn how to improve storm-warning messaging that will positively impact the public’s reaction to heed the message.
• Integrate storm-preparedness storm warning sustainability and resiliency into NJ teacher training activities. We want New Jersey’s educators to pass along these important messages to their students.
• Provide direct instruction on a broad range of environmental topics through our coastal education programs to more than 32,000 citizens, including 20,000 schoolchildren.

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