Family-friendly, Free Nature Programs at Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m.: Ghost Crabs, Mole Crabs & Fiddler Crabs

Wonder what shorebirds feed their young? Why those little birds run around at the edge of the surf? Who keeps the beach clean? Who lives in those holes on the beach and dunes? Find out in this program. The program will start with a slide show then move to the beach, where we’ll discover more about some of these mysterious little creatures.

Saturdays, July 7 and July 14 at 9 a.m.: Family Bird & Nature Walk

Learn about this amazing natural area, with a rare dune forest between untouched beach dunes and salt marsh. Birds (both song and shore), wildflowers and butterflies are plentiful. Binoculars can be provided. These walks of approximately one mile in length last about an hour and a half, and are fun for novice and experienced birders alike.

All programs start at the Visitors’ Center, located at 12001 Pacific Ave. (Ocean Drive), just west of Wildwood Crest. No pre-registration is required, but sunscreen, insect repellant and water are recommended. For more information or directions, call (609) 729-2635 or email