Winter Newsletter

Kick off 2017 at your favorite place!  Join us for a New Years Day hike.  Find out more about the New Years Day hike here.

Keep reading below to learn more about what we're up to during the off-season. 

We wish you a happy and joyful new year!

Stay warm, 

Friends of Island Beach State Park

Dune Grass Planting Results

This fall with help from over 450 volunteers we planted 200,000 dune grass plants, 100 beach plum trees, and 1,000 golden rod plants. 

THANK YOU for your help as a steward of the park!!! 

Find yourself in the photos and videos from the event! See more here. 

Guest Column: Year Round Luck 

By Dr. Jim Merritt, Past President of the Friend of Island Beach State Park 
Lucky me, I live here year round. I am indeed fortunate.  

I live four blocks from the entrance to Island Beach State Park, one of the most beautiful places on the eastern seaboard. 
Several times a week my wife and I walk the beach into the Park's northern natural area.  

The contrast is startling   ..... continue reading here.

In Memoriam: Pat Vargo
Past FOIBSP President

Friends of Island Beach past president, Pat Vargo, of Bayville, died Dec. 1.

Pat, thank you very much for your years of dedication and hard work for the Friends. You will be missed. Our condolences to your family and friends.

Calling all writers and photographers!

We are at the beginning stages of planning the 2017 Visitors Guide to the park. 

Do you like to write? Do you have an amazing photo you want to see published?  

We'd love to have some fresh ideas for next year's guide. Email us to get involved!

Barnegat Wildlife: 1 Minute Video

Take a minute for some wonderful art and information about the Barnegat Bay, produced by Richard A. King.

To view more of Richard's prolific work visit

The Board keeps getting better...

We are thrilled to announce that Bill Gwyer has taken on the role as Acting President. 

Many thank to Bill and the rest of the board for their contribution of time, energy and enthusiasm to continue the work as stewards of the park!
  • President - Bill Gwyer
  • Vice President -Judy Merritt
  • Treasurer - Rich Eberle
  • Corresponding Secretary - Gerry Finnegan
  • Recording Secretary - Bonnie Delaney
  • Marketing & Publicity - Michael Redpath
  • Membership Secretary - Sandy Bonagura
  • Administrator - Bonnie Mascola
  • Trustee - Ray Halgreen 
  • Trustee - Grace Sica 
  • Trustee - Dominick Solazzo
  • Trustee - Justin Auciello
  • Trustee - Tim Husar
  • Marketing & Branding Director  - Jenn Husar
  • Director, Barrier Island Classic - Josh Starner
  • Content Specialist, Instagram - Kristin Asay

If you would like to join our team for 2017 please email:

Teach For the Beach

visit our website at 

Friends of Island Beach State Park
PO Box 406, Seaside Park, NJ 08752