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The Wetlands Institute

The Wetlands Institute

1075 Stone Harbor Blvd.

Stone Harbor, 08247-1424

Phone: (609) 368-1211 ******Fax (609) 368-3871

Crabs scuttling along the water's edge ... birds skimming low in a setting sun to pluck dinner from a tidal creek... terrapins plodding through the salt marsh grasses...

These are the wetlands, where the land meets the sea and where nature maintains a truly unique balance...

Coastal Fun for the Family Experience all of this and lots more at our education and research center, which is dedicated to fostering the understanding of the Atlantic coastal region's natural resources.

Coastal Bird After your first visit we think you will appreciate just how unique and valuable coastal wetlands are. You'll want to come back every year!

Located near Stone Harbor and Historic Cape May,The Wetlands Institute is situated on 6,000 acres of coastal wetlands. We marsh and nearby upland and barrier islands are the living laboratory where more than 40,000 visitors each year learn about life on this thin ribbon between land and sea.


Our focus is education and research. So we want you to have fun as you explore our exhibits, observation tower and nature trails. From salt water aquaria to our beautiful gardens brimming with birds and butterflies, we offer a variety of exciting features and programs that let you make the most of your visit.

School field trips or family outings, visitors to the Wetlands can choose from guided tours, summer programs and much more!


Research space is available for visiting scientists. Over the years, many different and important studies have been conducted at the Institute on such topics as beach erosion, the preservation of terrapins and surveys of wildlife-underwater and on land.


We Love Them !!

Every year, lots of people help out as guides at special events and in the shops and labs.

Interested? Call us!

How to Join us

Directions and Map

Featured Events


in Mid - September
Featuring nationally acclaimed
decoy carvers and other artisans


May 15 - Oct. 15
9:30 am - 4:30 pm - Mon. - Sat.
10 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday

Oct. 15 - May 15
Closed Sun. & Mon.


Adults: $4.00
Children: $2.00

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Updated January 28, 1996

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