Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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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

2020 Photography exhibit - “Colors of Nature at the Manasquan Reservoir”

Calling all photographers! Don’t miss your opportunity to enter our 2020 exhibition! Photographers may enter in one of three divisions: Youth, Amateur, and Professional. Entrants may submit a maximum of two photographs per season, one for each category, for a maximum of eight total entries for the year. Please note that the exhibit will be held in the Environmental Center.

Awards and Exhibition Dates Daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., February 1-29, 2020

  • 2020 Submission Timeframes for Each Category: 
    • Winter Category: January 1 to March 15, 2019
    • Spring Category:  March 16 to May 30, 2019
    • Summer Category:  June 1 to August 30, 2019
    • Fall Category:  September 1 to November 30, 2019
  • Photo Exhibit Entry Form
  • Photo Entry Instructions

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.
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 23 & 24 (self-directed)
Learn about owls found in New Jersey and the adaptations they have.

Animal Tricksters  
Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31 (self-directed)
Just in time for April's Fools Day - find out about animals that play tricks throughout the year.  

Welcome Back, Ospreys!
Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7 (self-directed)
Ospreys return to our area each spring.  These amazing raptors mate for life and build nest made from sticks and bark.  Stop by and find out more about these soaring raptors.

Wood Warblers 
Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14 (self-directed)
Learn the difference between the wood warblers of New Jersey.

Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21 (self-directed)
Discover how to attract these amazing birds to your home.

Earth Day Celebration  
Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Explore the woods and wetlands around the Reservoir. There will be live animal shows featuring reptiles and amphibians, which are often misunderstood animals, and short Park System Naturalist-led walks. Plus enjoy the sights and displays of our beautiful Environmental Center. Live animal shows take place at: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3:30 p.m.; and nature walks at 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. 

Snake Meet & Greet  
Sunday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m.
Meet one of our favorite resident snakes.







  • 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.