The Wetlands Institute Offers Nature at the Shore

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STONE HARBOR, N.J. -

There’s much more to do at the Jersey Shore than just spend the day at the beach and night on the boards.

Driving into Stone Harbor you can’t miss the Wetlands Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on coastal ecosystems and educating others about it.

“The wetlands are so important to the environment here and so many people enjoy this place in part because of the beautiful wetlands that are here," said Lenore Tedesco, executive director of The Wetlands Institute. "They tend to be inaccessible environments, it’s hard to kind of romp around in the wetlands. So we try to make that accessible to people by a walking trail, an elevated boardwalk, we have a 130-foot-long dock.”

They also offer a view like no other, where you can get a 360-degree look at the wetlands and beyond.

“We try to get people to enjoy and learn about the natural environment that’s down here in Southern New Jersey,” said Tedesco.


They have outdoor activities every day but also offer indoor ones as they invite people to take a peek inside their aquarium where their crew gives visitors detailed information on the creatures.

“Kids spend so much time connected to devices and that’s great," said Tedesco. "But just having that little bit of time to connect, family time, and bring your kids here and enjoy and explore together. The beach is wonderful and at some point in time it’s good to do something else.”

Whether it’s taking a look at the baby ospreys or getting hands-on with one of their trails, the Wetlands Institute prides itself in having something for everyone.

“It’s a wonderful time of year," said Tedesco. "The marshes are just full of life in ways that people don’t necessarily notice. You have to take a moment. I like to say, people like to say smell the roses, come and smell the marsh and learn a little bit about it.”

Whether it's rainy or a beautiful day, the Wetlands Institute opens seven days a week to give you a different experience at the Jersey shore.

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