Please refer to our COVID-19 resource page for the latest information on NJ Audubon’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis.

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.

Hours

Center is closed to the public; trails and grounds are open
Retail only open Saturdays, Sept. 19 10am to 3pm & September 26 9am to 5pm

Closed all other days

Please Note:

Please refer to our Facebook Page for any last minute announcements

Monarch Festival

Celebrate the Monarch Butterfly!

Online September 24th to 25th

In-person scheduled groups September 26th

Cape May Fall Festival – Virtual Edition

From October 2nd – 4th we have a packed event full of birding goodness.  Tune-in with our Keynotes or other birding focused programs.  Visit our partners at one of the many virtual booths and join in on our silent auction and raffle.

Center upcoming events

Thu 24

MONARCH FESTIVAL 2020

September 24 @ 10:00 am - September 25 @ 4:30 pm
Sat 26

MONARCH FESTIVAL

September 26 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 30

Creative Hands Club – Miniature Gardens

September 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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.


FIELD TRIP FEES:

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

OUTREACH PROGRAMS TO YOUR SCHOOL:

$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

609-427-3045
[email protected]