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.
Parks remain open but with no access to any buildings or modern restrooms. Port-a-johns are provided at most locations. Playgrounds are closed. All programs are cancelled through at least April 3. As always, Park Rangers are on duty to provide assistance as needed. (posted 3/23/2020)
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.
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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.
Wood Warblers Eggs
Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5 (self-directed)
Learn about these vibrantly colored spring migrant birds.
Saturday & Sunday, April 11 & 12 (self-directed)
Develop a greater appreciation for the extraordinary egg. Eggs come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Each species has its own identifying characteristics.
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
There will be live animal shows featuring reptiles and amphibians, which are often misunderstood animals, and short naturalist-led walks. Live Animal Shows: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Nature Walks: 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Turtle Meet & Greet
Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26 from 1-1:30 p.m.
Join a Park System Naturalist and meet one of our favorite resident turtles.
- 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.