Discovery Days are Wednesdays and Fridays at the Long Beach Island Foundation

Jun 15, 2017

Visit the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays this summer, through Aug. 25, to explore the site’s interpretive centers and learn about the marshland and native flora and fauna. Discovery Days are free to attend, and no registration is required.

Discovery Wednesdays focus on shellfish, turtles and the marsh – and include a guided marsh walk – while Discovery Fridays detail the area’s birds, bees and butterflies.

According to Marketing and Programs Associate Jillian Schratz, “The LBIF property includes 21 acres of protected salted marsh preserve, a diamondback terrapin nesting relocation site, a rain garden and monarch butterfly garden, and bee hives. On the guided tours, stop by and meet local field experts from ReClam the Bay, Long Beach Township, the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science and Uriah Creek Apiaries.

“Long Beach Island is an important feature of the New Jersey coastline, specifically as a barrier island, protecting the mainland and the estuaries of the Barnegat and Manahawkin Bays,” Schratz explained. “Discovery Days stress the importance of barrier islands and their ecosystems, the Island's habitat, and the future health of the Island and its waters.”

For more information call 609-494-1241 or visit lbifoundation.org. —J.K.-H.

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