Please refer to our COVID-19 resource page for the latest information on NJ Audubon’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis, center closings and postponed programming.  

Please do not leave any animals at our centers.  Buildings are closed and staff are working remotely until further notice due to COVID-19 closures.

The Nature Center’s mission focuses in providing quality environmental education experiences, encouraging stewardship of the harbor area and other natural areas, and promoting volunteerism as a rewarding means of community involvement and service.

The Nature Center of Cape May was founded in 1992, with the twin goals of creating a responsible stewardship program for open space surrounding Cape May Harbor and providing environmental education for people of all ages. The Center’s focus on “hands-on” activities reflects a philosophy of personal responsibility for education.

Adopted by the New Jersey Audubon Society in 1995, the Nature Center of Cape May is one of nine staffed nature centers throughout the state. The environmental education campus, located on the shores of beautiful Cape May Harbor in Cape May, includes the Trucksess Welcome Center, a three-story observation tower, indoor observation lounge, three classrooms, exhibit aquaria, a small gift shop, and multiple themed display gardens. The harbor and adjacent area provide natural classrooms that are used in the center’s programs. In addition, the nature center is close to a diversity of habitats, which are easily incorporated into its programs.

The nature center offers a full schedule of natural history programs for the general public throughout the year. A wide variety of group educational programs are available as well, either at the Nature Center of Cape May or at alternate sites such as outdoor habitats, schools, or clubs.


September 15th to October 31st
Monday – Saturday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Sunday

Please Note:

The Nature Center of Cape May is closed to the public, except for scheduled programs and special events, from October 31st to April 15th.  Please refer to our Facebook Page for any last minute announcements

The Catch of Cape May

Join us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May with Catch of Cape May at Home on July 18, 2020

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Center upcoming events

Sat 18

The Catch of Cape May

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Oct 15

Cape May Fall Festival

October 15 - October 18

Things To Do

  • Family Programs
  • Live Animals
  • Aquariums
  • Nature Nook
  • Nature Trail and bird blind
  • Exhibit gallery from local artists
  • Nature store
  • Second story viewing deck
  • Third story viewing tower
  • Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

Special Programs

New Jersey Audubon is closely monitoring federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines related to our summer camp programs.  With the health and safety of our staff and community our top priority, New Jersey Audubon’s nature centers are currently closed and school programs, field trips and events have been postponed or reimagined using virtual platforms.  At this time, summer camps are on still on the calendar, but that may change.  We will provide updates as this situation continues to emerge. Thank you very much for your support!

Please click here ( for our latest updates in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Summer Nature Camp Quests

Nature at your own pace…in your own space


Keep in touch with your NJ Audubon summer camp teachers and counselors and meet new experts from across the state of New Jersey.  At home in northern New Jersey?  Explore the shore with Mr. B in Cape May.  Don’t have access to green space nearby?  Learn about New Jersey’s animals and plants and then explore your own space to see what you can find.  Never been to swamp?  Join us for a virtual slog.  All this and more for your summer adventure.

Bridges to the Natural World is a subscription series celebrating nature!  Subscription packages will focus on a different theme including Amazing Animals, Wonders of Wetlands, Creepy Crawlers and Outdoor Skills.  Each subscription includes exclusive access to a variety of short, exciting nature and how-to videos from NJ Audubon naturalists, an information-rich themed booklet mailed to your child with daily challenges, and nature quests that can be done in your own neighborhood or local green space. Each packet will also include surprise materials that support things your child can do to become a NJ Audubon Junior Naturalist.

If you have already registered for in person camp at our center, please contact us directly for any refund needed.


1600 Delaware Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204


Registration Questions? – contact Alicia Calkins ([email protected])
Camp Theme/Activity Questions? – contact Brendan Schaffer ([email protected])

Pre-order your plants for Center Side pickup June 6th and 7th

Jacobs ladder
Jacobs ladder
Moss phlox
Moss phlox
Woodland phlox
Woodland phlox
Common blue violet
Common blue violet

Your gardens will be the buzz, tweet, and talk of the neighborhood when you get off to a good start with top-quality plants.  We emphasize the use of New Jersey native plants, which benefit wildlife and have a strong ornamental appeal for your landscape.  Some non-native (but non-invasive) perennials and annuals, which offer an added boost to butterfly gardens, will also be available.

The goal of NJ Audubon’s educational programs is to help children understand their relationship to the natural world. Our naturalists steer and focus the activities, tailoring them to meet each group’s needs and abilities, to encourage individual and small group discovery.  Our hands-on, interdisciplinary activities supplement traditional classes by meeting the NJ Core Curriculum content Standards using inquiry-based learning methods and promoting exploration of our native habitats. Programs are approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour in length, except where noted.


$150.00 per one hour program for groups up to 25 students, added mileage of $30.00 for going to off-site field locations


$200.00 for the first program
$100.00 for each repeat of the program on the same day

For more information on these programs or to customize an unforgettable educational experience contact:

Program Coordinator Brendan Schaffer at 609-400-3858 or [email protected]

Staff & Personnel

Gretchen Whitman
Sanctuary Director

Alicia Calkins
Nature Store Associate/Administrative Assistant

Brendan Schaffer
Teacher Naturalist

Hal Miller and Steve Scheff

Mark Allen
Public Relations Volunteer

Meg Miller
Administrative Assistant Volunteer

Evelyn Lovitz
E-newsletter Volunteer

Contact Us

1600 Delaware Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204

[email protected]