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


Ghost Crabs, Fiddler Crabs, & Mole Crabs
Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m.

Don’t be afraid of these ghosts! This special walk will be led by Dr. Ralph E.J. Boerner, Professor Emeritus of Ecology (Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University), and his wife, botanist and artist Betsy Wrobel-Boerner. The Boerners will focus their beach walk on the amazing and sometimes troublesome ghost crabs and will explore the complexity of their burrows. They will also help participants identify some of the characteristic dune plants found at Two Mile Beach. Free handouts will be provided. This walk is free and perfect for all ages. As always, dress for the weather. Heavy rain cancels the event. After the walk, the public is invited to warm up in the newly-opened Nature Store at Two Mile. Please meet at the Visitors Contact Station at the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. 


Family Nature Walk
Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m.

Friends of Cape May NWR are continuing their fun, free, family-friendly bird walks all summer long at 2-Mile Beach in Wildwood Crest. Look for the Free Bird walk sign where Pacific Avenue turns into Ocean Drive, on the east side of the street. Meet at the 2-Mile Visitor Center Parking Lot (just north of the gate for the former Coast Guard base).  Explore this hidden gem of undeveloped barrier island ocean beach, and learn about the amazing birds with loaner binoculars and a spotting scope. Families with children are welcome!    

Junior Phone Photo Contest – Summer 2019 Series
Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring their first Weekly Junior Phone Photo Contest Series this summer. The contest begins Saturdaym June 29. Visitors between the ages of 8 and 12 can submit a phone photo taken in the Two Mile Beach Unit of The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. Registration forms are at the Visitor Information Center.  We are looking forward to seeing what budding nature photographers find of interest at the Two Mile Beach Unit. There will be ten weeks and ten winners!   For more information, visit


Cape May National Wildlife Refuge – Two Mile Beach Unit
12001 Pacific Avenue
Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

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