331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day through 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.
Stars & Stripes
Saturday-Monday, July 2-4 (self-directed)
Identify organisms that show their patriotic colors - red, white and blue.
Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10 (self-directed)
Go on a bug hunt and search the Environmental Center for hidden summer bugs.
Life on the Edge
Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17 at 2 p.m.
Learn about species that thrive where habitats meet at the Reservoir during this guided walk. We'll also have a display highlighting these creatures out for the weekend.
Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24 at 12 p.m.
Meet one of our favorite resident turtles and discover ways you can help protect these amazing animals.
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31 at 1 p.m.
Learn about frogs that live in our area.
Baby Plants - Not from Seeds!
Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7
Discover how plants reproduce by stem and leaf cuttings. From 10 a.m.-12 p.m., take home a seedling while supplies last.
Egg Carton Scavenger Hunt
Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14 (self-directed)
Go on a scavenger hunt! We'll supply the list and an egg carton to use to collect your finds.
Development of the Manasquan Reservoir
Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21 (self-directed)
View pictures showing how the Reservoir was built.
Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28 from 12-2 p.m.
Make a fish print. (Craft uses paint.)
- 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.