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.


April 16 – May 31, 2018
DAILY  10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed for Memorial Day, May 28

June 1 – October 31, 2018
MON – SAT.    9 am – 5 pm;
Sundays   10:00am – 4:00pm

Nov. 1, 2017- Apr. 15, 2018
Closed except for special programs

Center upcoming events

  • 21 Apr 2018


    Learn about wildlife gardening and other basic maintenance chores while you assist Nature Center staff and volunteers in sprucing up…
  • 05 May 2018


    Calling all artists and art lovers!  Join New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May as they host “Create Today”…
  • 12 May 2018

    World Series of Birding

    Starting at 12:01 midnight on Saturday, May 12th, from midnight to midnight and all kinds of hours in between, birders…

Things To Do

  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Boat trips
  • Exhibit gallery from local artists
  • Nature store
  • Second story viewing deck
  • Third story viewing tower

Special Programs

Nature Center Summer Camp 2018 Online Registration is Open!

We look forward to sharing the wonders of nature with your child/children this summer. NJ Audubon has a long history of connecting children of all ages with nature by exploring, discovering and enjoying our harbor, fields, oceans and beach. Our staff is committed to guiding your child in outdoor adventures that foster a deeper connection with the natural world and that are engaging, fun and informative. Our summer education team is highly trained, and we provide additional educators and interns to maintain optimal teacher-child ratios.

We offer camps for Pre-K through teens. Please note that 3-year-olds must have reached their third birthday before the date they are attending. They must be potty-trained.

We are using a new on-line registration program. Our camps are designed around a complete week of lessons and activities. Some of the camps such as the Adventure Camps are only offered as a full week option. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOUR CHILD PARTICIPATE IN A FULL WEEK OF ANY CAMP SESSION OFFERED. We do know that in some cases attending a full week is not possible for your child so a daily alternative is available with our Discovery Kids camps where you may select which days to attend.

For any questions about registration, please contact Chris Hansen, at or call 609-427-3045

We will have lectures in the classroom and time in the field to learn different tricks and techniques to turn tiny stretches of terrain into premium garden space.

This club will help anyone develop a green thumb and is the perfect way to grow your nature knowledge and stewardship towards our planet.

Call today to reserve your spot!

Staff & Personnel

Gretchen Whitman
Sanctuary Director

Christine Hansen
Nature Store Associate/Administrative Assistant

Brendan Schaffer
Teacher Naturalist

Fred Beyer, Paige Cunningham, Evelyn Lovitz, Margeaux Maerz, Hal Miller, Pat Sutton, Betty Jean Webersinn and Phil Zimmerman.

Mark Allen
Public Relations Volunteer

Meg Miller
Administrative Assistant Volunteer

Evelyn Lovitz
E-newsletter Volunteer

Contact Us

1600 Delaware Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204