Events

2019 EVENTS

NOVEMBER 
AFTER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SALE (3 Days)
Friday, November 29th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 30th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 1st from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

DECEMBER 
LAST DAY OF AFTER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SALE
Sunday, December 1 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

TWO DAY HOLIDAY SALE
One Weekend Only
Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 15th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Free Family Nature Walks
Friends of Cape May NWR are continuing their fun, free, family-friendly bird walks all summer long at 2-Mile Beach in Wildwood Crest. Look for the Free Bird walk sign where Pacific Avenue turns into Ocean Drive, on the east side of the street.

Meet at the 2-Mile Visitor Center Parking Lot (just north of the gate for the former Coast Guard base).  Explore this hidden gem of undeveloped barrier island ocean beach, and learn about the amazing birds with loaner binoculars and a spotting scope.  

Families with children are welcome! 


Ghost Crabs and Mole Crabs

Don't be afraid of these ghosts!

This special walk will be led by Dr. Ralph E.J. Boerner, Professor Emeritus of Ecology (Department of Evolution, Ecology)

Ralph will focus their beach walk on the amazing and sometimes troublesome ghost crabs and will explore the complexity of their burrows. They will also help participants identify some of the characteristic dune plants found at Two Mile Beach. Free handouts will be provided.

This walk is free and perfect for all ages. As always, dress for the weather. Heavy rain cancels the event. After the walk, the public is invited to warm up in the newly-opened Nature Store at Two Mile.

​Please meet at the Visitors Contact Station at the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.


From Deer & Birds To Crabs & Clams: Creatures of the Beach & Dunes

Ever wonder… what creatures live on the wild beach and dunes of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge? Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, crabs, and clams are among the many species that live here. Find out more about them by participating in the Friends of Cape May NWR’s Creatures of the Beach & Dune event at the Two Mile Beach unit. The program will start with a lecture and slide show in the Visitor Contact Station, then we’ll hike through the dunes to the beach and wee how many of these wonderful animals we can find.

This special program will be led by Dr. Ralph Boerner. Register now for this free program, which is limited to 20 participants by emailing info@friendsofcapemayrefuge.org. The program is suitable for families with children. Meet in the Visitor Contact Station, 12001 Pacific Ave (Ocean Drive) in Wildwood Crest. Dress for the weather. You are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and water.



Full Moon Walks
Once a month, as the full moon glows, it seems safe to venture out into the dark while the moon makes shadows. You can still smell the earth, feel the wind, hear the ocean roar, and sense the wildlife. Friends of Cape May NWR will offer a “Walk by the Light of the Moon” series of interpretive walks during spring and summer. The purpose of these walks is to provide a family oriented activity that introduces visitors to the natural history of the Refuge. Through this introduction we hope to foster an understanding and appreciation for these resources that will lead visitors toward stewardship of their public lands in Cape May County.

Full Moon Walks will be held each month on a Saturday night close to the official full moon and will begin at varying times depending on the season. Most walks will last about an hour and a half, and will cover approximately one mile in length. Bring a flashlight or headlamp (although after our eyes become accustomed to the dark, we won’t be needing them), and dress for the weather. Remember, it’s often cooler and windier near the beach, so try to dress in layers. Free loaner binoculars will be available while supplies last, or you can bring your own. A few telescopes will also be available for up-close viewing of the moon, stars and planets.

This program is free and open to the public, and is especially suitable for families with children. After the program, the public is invited to relax and warm up with coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the newly-opened Nature Store at Two Mile.


Return The Favor

reTURN the Favor is a multi-partner program working to rescue overturned or impinged horseshoe crabs stranded on New Jersey’s Delaware Bay beaches. Many horseshoe crabs spawn on these closed beaches and oftentimes become stranded, overturned, or even impinged behind natural or manmade structures. If you want to join a walk to rescue horseshoe crabs, Friends of Cape May NWR is leading walks on the following dates on Kimbles Beach


To learn more about RtF visit http://returnthefavornj.org/
To join a walk contact: 
rej.boerner@gmail.com


Where to meet
Two Mile Beach Visitor Center: 12001 Pacific Avenue (Ocean Dr),
Wildwood Crest, near the former Coast Guard Loran Station.

Kimbles Beach: near 131 Kimbles Beach Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210