History of the Lighthouse Center

The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 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 the maritime forest, the salt marsh, two tidal streams and a freshwater impoundment on this unique site. Wildlife viewing opportunities exist for shorebirds wading birds, waterfowl, and woodland wildlife including fiddler crabs, songbirds, otter, turtles, deer, and fox. 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.