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 in 1995, the Nature Center of Cape May is a staffed nature center and open to the public. 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.



April 1 to June 15

Thursday – Monday 10am to 4pm
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Please Note:

Please refer to our Facebook Page for any last minute announcements

Center upcoming events

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

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.


$225.00 per one hour program for groups up to 25 students, added mileage of $30.00 for going to off-site field locations


$225.00 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 Director, Emily Reed at (609) 400-3858 or [email protected]

Staff & Personnel

Gretchen Whitman
Sanctuary Director

Emily Wilmoth
Program Director

Laura Kim Maurey
Store Associate

Ralph Boerner
Steven Scheff

Contact Us

1600 Delaware Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204

[email protected]

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