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

Saturdays, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.: Family Bird & Nature Walk
Stroll through this amazing natural area. Nature activities, coloring sheets and a scavenger hunt are also available for kids! These walks of approximately one mile in length and are fun for novice and experienced birders alike.

Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.: Ghost Crabs & Mole Crabs
Wonder what shorebirds feed their young, and who lives in those holes on the beach? Find out in this program, which includes a slideshow and a beach walk where we’ll find some of these mysterious creatures.

Thursday, Aug. 17 at 12:30 p.m.: Plein Air Painting Workshop
Join us for an outdoor Plein Air Painting Workshop led by artist Janet McShain. We will supply materials for your use. Weather permitting, we will sketch and paint outdoors; otherwise we will work under the covered front porch of the Visitors’ Center. These workshops are suitable for beginners or experienced adult painters.

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 directions, email

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