331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day-Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Free Weekend Activities
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
Free Nature Programs
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.
Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18 (self-directed)
Discover which members of the world's smallest bird family call New Jersey home.
Liking the Lichens!
Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25 at 12 p.m.
Join us for a talk about this amazing organism.
Saturday & Sunday, March 31 & April 1 (self-directed)
Learn about these special wetlands.
Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 (self-directed)
Discover the ecological importance and diversity of these miniature forests beneath our feet.
Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15 (self-directed)
Learn about the different owls that call New Jersey home.
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy live animal shows featuring reptiles and amphibians at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.; and naturalist led-walks at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Turtle Meet and Greet
Sunday, April 22 at 11 a.m.
Get an up close look and introduction to one of our favorite turtle residents.
Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29 (self-directed)
Discover fun facts about these wood drilling birds. Craft available.
- Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
- State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.