Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731

Free Weekend Activities

Watch this video about the creation of our new panels by M.A.S.T. students.

Safari Backpacks   
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.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
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.
Hands-on Learning
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.

The Environmental Center is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Environmental Center is open on Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
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.

Bird Watching Basics      
Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3 at 2 p.m.  
We'll cover the basics of bird watching as we observe the birds around our feeders.

Who Lives Here?      
Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10 at 2 p.m.   
Join a Park System Naturalist on a short nature walk and discover who lives at the Reservoir.

Snakes and Turtles Nature Walk      
Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.   
We're heading out to our best snake and turtle spots during this 1-mile nature walk.  

Dragons of the Sky       
Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24 at 1 p.m.  
Peak into the world of the amazing dragonfly.

Be a Field Biologist      
Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31 at 10:30 a.m.  
Create a journal from recycled materials and fill it with observations during a short nature walk.

Map of the Manasquan Reservoir


  • 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.