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Please join us December 7th during our open membership meeting for guest talks on current efforts to mitigate the impacts of erosion at the Lighthouse Center, in Waretown NJ. We will have an update from Doug Janiec, of Sovereign Consulting, regarding the current Shoreline Restoration Project, funded by a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 319 Grant as well as a guest lecture presentation from our newly developed collaborative research group the ‘Living Shoreline Innovation Team’. Together these talks will provide background information on coastal shoreline mitigation techniques currently planned for the Lighthouse Center Shoreline, as well as discuss various future research directions, educational opportunities and implementation and demonstration of new technologies for mitigating shoreline loss in the Mid-Atlantic.

The newly developed Living Shoreline Innovation Team is a partnership between the Natural Resources Education Foundation of New JerseyBarnegat Bay PartnershipThe Nature ConservancyUS Fish and Wildlife Service, The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Please register for the December 7th Open Membership Meeting by visiting

The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm 

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Holiday Gift Shopping

We are opening the EBB Gift Shop as we do every year for your holiday giving. You can send a gift membership and/or puchase a T-, golf or sweat shirt for someone and there’s lots of other goodies to choose from.

Come and visit us at the Locandro Lodge on Monday, December 6 from noon until 8 pm. We have some cookies and hot chocolate to share and some great conversation.

Volunteer Day postponed

Sorry but the volunteer day originally planned for Saturday, 5/1/21 has to be postponed. We’re blaming it on the crazy weather. Thank you for your interest in helping. Stay in touch with our Operations Manager and we’ll be sure to let you know the reschedule day.

Thank you again.

Growth of American holly at the Lighthouse Center

“Growth of American holly at the Lighthouse Center” with LeeAnn Haaf who is the Wetland Coordinator for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. In this role, LeeAnn spends much of her time assessing the health of coastal wetlands. Coastal wetlands keep water clean, store nutrients and carbon, provide a home wildlife, as well as dissipate destructive wave action. They are, however, at great risk of loss. Climate change, sea level rise, and human disturbance all contribute to these losses. She conducts research to help us understand the specifics of how these factors mediate tidal marsh loss and—perhaps most importantly—what we might do to reverse or stall losses.

Our projects range from studying the nuances between incremental tidal wetland elevation and rising sea level, to investigating how coastal floods affect low-lying forests, to developing tools to guide practitioners in using quantitative data to approach restoration scientifically. LeeAnn also is a part-time PhD candidate at Drexel University, where she is studying the effects of coastal flooding on low-lying pines and American hollies in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay.

Check out the presentation at this link


We always look forward to the spring so that the place gets cleaned up, water turns on and the students and programs start. Unfortunately, this year everything is different.

Pola Galie, Operations Manager

We are not allowed to host residential or in-person programs indoors. We are even planning on having our annual music concert online in November. (Details will be announced soon.)

Music By the Bay Online Edition

We will also have additional online presentations so please stay tuned for details and we hope you join in.

Lighthouse Center Members are still welcome to use the paths during daytime hours. We hope that you will be masked and adhere to safe distancing if you happen to meet other members at the facility or the staff.

We appreciate folks who have joined or have renewed their memberships since that is the only income we have currently. Donations are appreciated and questions are always welcome. (For Donations, please see button to your left.) Thank you.

Let’s celebrate earth day

at Ocean County Soil Conservation District’s 23rd ANNUAL BARNEGAT BAY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR’S ROUNDTABLE (Remotely!)

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District has been effectively coordinating and implementing the Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable since 1997. But this year, as we maintain social distancing standards, we will not be gathering together at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education on April 22nd. Instead, Ocean County Soil Conservation District is bringing the Roundtable to you!  With the help of our talented partners, OCSCD has put together a suite of engaging online programs that include lessons, activities, videos, podcasts and webinars. Scroll below to explore our highlights. You can view our extended list of programs on our website. 
This year’s Roundtable theme is Happy Earth Day for the Next Generation, Full STEAM Ahead!The lessons and activities offer educators ways to engage students through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and many lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Scroll below to explore, engage and enjoy!