Please check this page periodically for workshops and programs that we will schedule throughout the year. These programs may also include activities that our Partners within the Barnegat Bay Partnership are conducting. The location, time and fees (if applicable) will be included.

CRABB - Crabbing Responsibly At Barnegat Bay Students at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), Manahawkin, NJ, are conducting a research project centered around trends in recreational crabbing at the Barnegat Bay, as well as the future of crabbing. You can contribute by completing this survey.

For more information or assistance, you can contact the team by email:

8 Steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard August 11th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Do your part in protecting the Barnegat Bay and Metedeconk Watersheds by installing a Jersey-Friendly Yard! Becky Laboy from the Ocean County Soil Conservation District and Karen Walzer from the Barnegat Bay Partnership will walk you through the process of creating your own Jersey-Friendly Yard. Learn how to fashion a garden through planning, testing your soil, plant selection, bed preparation and installation. These gardens not only add beauty to your landscapes, you'll be saving water and decreasing fertilizer usage, while creating habitat for birds and pollinators around your home. Register by contacting Shari Kondrup at

10th Annual NJ WILD Outdoor Expo September 7th and 8th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM - The NJ WILD Outdoor Expo celebrates the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage. Most activities are free - some are available for a minimum charge. The Expo helps people connect with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, demonstrations and seminars are planned for the weekend. Visitors can learn about, and try, a wide array of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and much more.
For more information, please contact Matt Hencheck, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo Coordinator, at 609-633-7905 or e-mail him at

Beach Plum Festival September 8th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - The annual Beach Plum Festival at Island Beach State Park features beach plum ice cream and jelly made using beach plums harvested at Island Beach by their volunteers, plus craft vendors, kids games, food vendors, environmental displays, and nature programs! $8.00 Suggested Donation

Composting and Vermicomposting September 15th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Join Sandra Blaine-Snow from the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management in learning how to make "Brown Gold" for your gardens by composting and recycling the right materials and how worms can help this process in creating a natural fertilizer and saving water in your gardens. Register by contacting Shari Kondrup at

The Maker's Festival September 21st, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM - On September 21, 2019, The MakeShift Union is hosting the 5th Annual Makers Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin, NJ. The mission of our festival is to highlight the underground current of Makers who are changing the landscape of production & consumerism in America, and more specifically, Ocean County where we live, work & play. It will be a day to celebrate the collective artistic endeavors of homegrown talent locally & beyond, and will feature over ten dozen Makers whose crafts include everything from handmade & vintage fashion, sculpting & woodworking, photography & fine art, craft beer, food and music.

A portion of event proceeds benefit David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation, scholarships at both Southern Regional High School & Pinelands Regional School District, and the Stafford Historical Society.

Fall Forestry Festival October 5th, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Join the NJ Forest Service at the Forest Resource Education Center for the Annual Fall Forestry Festival in Jackson, NJ. This free event features guided hikes, demonstrations, and activities for the whole family. Take a hayride, enjoy a hike, and learn about the trees and wildlife in your backyard. For more information, email or call 732-928-2360.

Chowderfest Weekend October 5th and 6th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Chowderfest Weekend has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome the fall. Attend for the fabulous Merchant Mart (free admission) where local vendors offer the best deals of the season, and Sunday,October 6, 2019, for the Chowder Cook Off Classic (a ticketed event).

Chowderfest Weekend goes on rain or shine at the Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven (across from Schooner's Wharf and Bay Village).

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A portion of Chowder Cook-Off Classic ticket sales is dedicated to tourism marketing in the LBI Region.

Master Composter Classes Sepptember 14th and 21st, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM - At Ocean County Recycling Education Center, 800 Towbin ave, Lakewood, attend classes and recieve hands-on instruction. Learn how to build a compost pile and set up your own worm-bin.Tour the compost demonstration garden. Recieve composting supplies upon completion. Class is limited to 20 persons on a first come basis. Free for ocean county residents, $75 for non-residents.

Contact Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Manage-ment at 732-506-5047 or sblain-snow@co,

Registration Deadline: August 26th
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Pine Barrens Jamboree October 12th, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Take part in celebrating the people, traditions and rich history of the NJ Pine Barrens at Wells Mill County Park. Stretch out and relax in your beach chair and listen to the sounds of the Pines as some of the most famous local musicians from Albert Music Hall perform. Take a scenic paddle around Wells Mills Lake, go on a nature walk, sit in on a demonstration or slide show, or browse over 40 exhibitors both commercial and non-profit. There will be opportunities to purchase locally created arts & crafts.

3rd Annual Jersey Friendly Yards
Save-the-Date, Saturday October 19, for the 3rd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference. This year's theme is, "Putting Your Jersey-Friendly Yard to Practice". This all-day event features guest speakers, a variety of workshops to choose from, exhibitors, and lots of networking opportunities. Our two featured guest speakers will be Pat Sutton who will showcase important features of a Jersey-Friendly garden that best support wildlife, and Bruce Crawford, who will take us through the steps for designing your own Jersey-Friendly garden. More information will be provided on the Jersey-Friendly Yards website.