Visit the many environmental education centers across the state.

Year-round Centers Seasonal Centers Seasonal Observatories

Open year-round

Environmental Education Centers


Please call to confirm hours.

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May Point, Cape May County

The Nature Center houses exhibits displaying the natural and cultural heritage of the Cape May region. Included is an exhibit on the “Cape May Diamonds,” the smooth, clear quartz crystals found on nearby beaches. Also, on display are exhibits about bird migration, shoreline erosion, Native Americans and the marine environment.

For more information, call 609-884-215


Open daily
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cheesequake State Park
Matawan, Monmouth County

The Interpretive Center features live displays of animals as well as local history. The center is located a short distance from the trailhead parking area on the Red/Green/Blue trail.

For more information, call 732-566-3208


Wednesday – Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

High Point State Park
Wantage, Sussex County 

The Interpretive Center is housed in the restored “Grey Rock Inn” which was built in the early 1930s from native stone to serve as the park restaurant and cafeteria. Today this unique building hosts exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the park, incorporating many historic photographs and post cards.

For more information, email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973‒875‒1471


Saturday – Sunday, staff permitting

Island Beach State Park
Seaside Park, Ocean County

Forked River Interpretive and Nature Center located 7 miles into the park.

For more information, visit islandbeachnatureprograms.org or call 732-793-1315.


Summer – Open daily
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fall – Spring – Open weekdays
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Liberty State Park
Jersey City, Hudson County

The Nature Center is an environmental and historical education facility located on Freedom Way. The center features exhibits on the natural history and ecology of the Hudson River Estuary.

For more information, please call 201-915-3400 x501 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov


Open daily
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rancocas State Park
Westampton, Burlington County

Visit Rancocas Nature Center for nature artifacts, several live native reptiles, donated animal mounts, and more.

For more information, email info@rancocasnaturecenter.org or call 609-261-2495


Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Washington Crossing State Park
Titusville, Mercer County 

The Nature Interpretive Center houses a collection of live and preserved wildlife specimens, nature dioramas, light board identification games, a computer learning station, nature charts, books and a live observation honey bee hive.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.


Wednesday – Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m

Sunday
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
Hammonton, Atlantic County 

The Annie M. Carter Interpretive Center, located on the banks of Batsto Lake, offers a variety of programs and displays on wildlife and plant life within the forest.

For more information, call 609-884-215


April – November
Wednesday – Sunday

December- March
Tuesday – Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Open seasonally

Environmental Education Centers


Please call to confirm hours.

Allaire State Park
Farmingdale, Monmouth County


Open seasonally
Call 732-938-2371 for hours.

Brendan T Byrne State Forest
New Lisbon, Burlington County

The Nature Center features nature displays on NJ’s beautiful Pine Barrens ecosystem.

For more information, visit the Facebook page or call 609-726-1191


Memorial Day – Labor Day
Open Daily

April, May, September, October
Open weekends

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Parvin State Park
Pittsgrove, Salem County

Visit the Interpretive Nature Center to discover Parvin’s special habitat on the edge of the pine barrens ecoregion. The center is located off of Forest Road (Blue Trail) across from the group camping area.

For more information visit the Facebook page or call 856-358-8616


Open seasonally

Open seasonally

Observatories


Greenwood Observatory

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Jenny Jump State Forest 

Hope, Warren County 


The United Astronomy Clubs of NJ operates the observatory which is located within Jenny Jump State Forest.


Saturday nights
April – October
8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

View the program schedule or contact info@uacnj.org for more information.

Paul Robinson Observatory

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Voorhees State Park

Glen Gardner, Hunterdon County 


The New Jersey Astronomical Association operates the observatory which has one of the largest privately owned telescopes in New Jersey.


Saturday nights
June – October
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

View the program schedule

John W. H. Simpson Observatory

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Washington Crossing State Park

Titusville, Mercer County 


The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, Inc. operates the observatory which is located within Washington Crossing State Park. Friday night programs educate the public about the wonders of the universe.


Friday nights
April – October
8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Check the Observatory’s Twitter page for cancellations due to weather or clouds.

Also see​ Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education’s Environmental Facilities Interactive Map

Questions or Comments?

 enviro.ed@dep.nj.gov