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The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education

The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, located on land owned by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, is situated on 194 acres of diverse coastal habitat adjacent to Barnegat Bay in Ocean Township, New Jersey. There are a variety of opportunities to explore this maritime forest, salt marsh, two tidal streams and the freshwater impoundment on this unique site.

Wildlife viewing opportunities exist for shorebirds wading birds, waterfowl, and Conservation blind for viewing wildlife in the coastal wetlands of the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Educationwoodland wildlife including fiddler crabs, songbirds, otter, turtles, deer, and fox.

List of birds sighted at the Center.

The Lighthouse Center is the perfect setting for groups to truly experience the natural wonders of Barnegat Bay through hands-on and meaningful contact with its resources.

This former "Camp for the Blind" was purchased by the Trust for Public Land and transferred to the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife as part of their ongoing commitment to the Barnegat Bay watershed. The Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey operates the Center in partnership with the NJDEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife as a premier natural resource education facility.

Natural Resource Education Foundation of NJ, "The Lighthouse Center" is located off Seventh Street in Waretown, NJ 08758. The membership dues of $25, besides helping to support this beautiful location, will entitle you to many benefits, including access to the facility. For more information, call (609) 698-8003 or visit their web page


Above information and photographs are courtesy of NREF



The conference center provided a comfortable  indoor venue, yet allowing the beautiful views of the Lighthouse Center

Dozens of crafters offering art, ceramics, glass, photography, recycled, quilds and more displayed their wares at the First Handmande Faire at the Lighthouse Center in Waretown on Sunday, April 20, 2008. So as not to be daunted by the fickle April weather, it was held inside the huge conference center, where the crafters mingled with many shoppers and browsers.

Delicious jams, butters and pickles were available for tasting, by "Two Creative Hearts"
Homemade Jam, butter and pickle samples

Beautiful wildlife carvings by Ray and Barbara Nyman of Marlton
Beautifully carved wildlife exhibit

"Bracelets with a Conscience", made from pull tabs, were crafted by  Ann Skydell Harmon of "Ann-Made, LLC".
Bracelets made from pull tabs!

"The Jersey Devil Handmade Mug" was designed by artist J. W. Gruber
Sculptured Jersey Devil mugs

DIRECTIONS TO NREF - Lighthouse Center

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The Pine Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history, nature, boating, camping, fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be preserved.A local lawyer or doctor won't look any different than his neighbor who works the land. Thousand dollar suits aren't what impress people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains, and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently. Treat our Pine Barrens as you would want a visitor to treat your own home town - and your own family. Thank you.


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