Nature Lecture Series  

Join us for a series of eye-opening talks by Park System Naturalists to discover what’s lurking in or near the waters and wetlands of Monmouth County. Presentations are designed to inform the public of current issues, ecology and science research, and to inspire appreciation for the local natural world. Open to adults. FREE! 

Here's what's planned:              

The Real Story of the Jersey Devil   
Thursday, October 26 from 7-8 p.m.   
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
We will have some fun right before Halloween by discovering the ecology of the Pine Barrens, which gave rise to the history and folklore of the Jersey Devil. For more than 250 years this mysterious creature is said to prowl through the marshes of New Jersey and emerge periodically to rampage through towns and cities. So famous is this devil that it became New Jersey’s "official demon" in the 1930's. It will be an entertaining time discovering the many possible origins and stories of the Jersey Devil legend, some are actually real!
Great Horned Owls of Monmouth County  
Thursday, November 16 from 7-8 p.m.   
The Great Horned Owl is one of the largest and most well-known owls in New Jersey. Yet, they remain a mystery to many folks. Did you know great horned owls are also called the “tiger owl” for their barred pattern and fierce hunting, as well as a “hoot owl” for their distinctive calls? Join a Park System Naturalist to discover more about these big birds that seem to rule the night sky, as well as our woods and meadows around Monmouth County.