The Beachcomber July 2019

Maritime Museum Offers Children’s Educational Programs

Jul 12, 2019

It can’t be all fun and games for children coming down to Long Beach Island in the summer, right? At the  New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven, Friday mornings are set aside for free education programs geared to youngsters, through Aug. 30.

Alliance for a Living Ocean starts it off with a presentation at 10. The group talks about plants and animals that make up the ocean’s ecosystems.

At 10:30, ReClam the Bay offers a hands-on program to learn about shellfish gardening and the Barnegat Bay watershed.

At 11:15, the museum offers an hour of fun, educational activities for children ages 3 to 13, including age-appropriate scavenger hunts and other activities.

The museum is the site of science camps in July and August. Camps for children in grades K-8 will be held Monday through Friday on July 15 to 19, July 22 to 26, July 29 to Aug. 2 , Aug. 5 to Aug. 9 and Aug. 12 to 16. A special camp geared for teens will also be held July 15 to 19.

Taught by marine biologists and environmentalists, topics and activities include seining, plant and animal identification, water quality sampling and testing, plankton, megalodons, coral reefs and environmental awareness.

The camp is conducted by New Logic Educators, which was founded by Sherri Paris. She is a former employee in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Marine Fisheries.

The cost for all camps is $345 per week; a T-shirt and supplies are included. To register, call New Logic at 732-250-8124

Throughout the summer, tickets will be on sale for the annual fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m. The theme is “Prohibition and the New Jersey Coast.” The indoor-outdoor event features a full-service cash bar, pig roast and pulled pork stations, salads, seafood and a dessert station. Tickets are $60 per person, $55 for museum members. Gift donations from businesses for a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and gift auction will be sought.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day; admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Beginning in September, the museum is open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special tours are available on request.

For more information, call the museum at 609-492-0202 or log onto NJMaritimeMuseum.org —E.E.

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