Rutgers University Marine Field Station Holds Open House

Aug 21, 2019
Photo by: file photo Pat Johnson Rutgers University Marine Field Station at the end of Great Bay Boulevard was once a U.S. Coast Guard Station.

Did you know fish have ears? And the ear bone is called an odalith and is used to age a fish just like rings on a tree? This is merely one fascinating thing you will learn during a visit to the Rutgers University Marine Field Station during its open house on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As a rule, the field station is off limits to visitors because the scientists there are busy and can’t accommodate breaks in their routines. But for one day only, they throw open the doors and give tours of the former U.S. Coast Guard station at the very end of Great Bay Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor.

Hear what’s new in striper tracking, see underwater robots and get up close to the natural wonders of the surrounding marsh and waters, including a touch tank with dogfish, minnows, crabs and more.

The Marine Field Station is located within the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Meet Rutgers and JC NERR researchers and scientists and explore the exciting research happening in our backyards – the Great Bay/Mullica River estuary and beyond.

To better accommodate crowds and the limited parking, register for arrival times. All visitors must be able to walk across the ¼-mile wooden causeway to the building; boats are not allowed to dock at the field station. To register, visit —P.J.

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