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:

Horseshoe Crabs Trying to Survive in a Modern World  
Wednesday, May 22 from 7-8 p.m.   
Horseshoe crabs are vital to the ecology of local tidal waters in Monmouth County. Every year, during the full and new moons in May and June, many horseshoe crabs crawl onto beaches to spawn and create the next generation, as they have for at least 350 million years. But today there are many threats to the survival of these ancient seafarers. Join us as we discover why the population of horseshoe crabs is declining and what people are doing to protect these ancient mariners.
Snapping Turtles of Monmouth County  
Thursday, June 13 from 7-8 p.m.  
Snapping turtles are one of the largest freshwater turtles and can weigh up to 40 lbs. Discover more about our snapping turtle population in Monmouth County including what they eat, how they mate, and how did they get that unique name? This is sure to be an interesting evening.
Sea Stars, Sand Dollars and Other Sea Urchins  
Wednesday, July 24 from 7-8 p.m.  
There is more than to being a sea urchin than a delicacy in Europe and Japan. Join a Park System Naturalist as we discover the life history of some of the most common sea urchins to be found along the Jersey Shore as well as some fun facts. We will also discuss some of the threats to these unique sea creatures.
Dolphins: Facts and Tales  
Wednesday, August 28 from 7-8 p.m.  
Believe it or not, in many ways you are like a dolphin that swims in the ocean. Dolphins are mammals, like you, and must swim to the surface to breathe air, they also give birth to live young and have strong family bonds. Dolphins are also highly intelligent creatures. They have a brain to body ratio that is second only to humans. Discover more about our local dolphin population that calls the Jersey Shore home.