July Newsletter

Do you like osprey, kayaking, or clamming? How about surfing, beach soccer, or beach plums?  Or, learning about sea turtles or games for kids? 

This month Island Beach State Park has it all. 

Check out this calendar of more than 50 events happening in the park. 

Be there, or be ... stuck inland. 

See you around the park! 
Friends of Island Beach State Park 
Pete McLain 
Osprey Camera

More than 22,000 individual users looked at the Osprey Camera in the last month!  Bay and Bandit are famous.

Have you visited our community on Facebook and seen the excitement that the camera generates? 

If every person who looked at the website donated $1 we would be able to fund the camera for the next TWO YEARS! Please consider sharing the camera with a friend and donating a dollar (or 10) to help us keep it up and running. 

Barrier Island Classic 
Join a new tradition of surfing on the Jersey shore

Come and join the inaugural year of Island Beach State Park's own surf contest. 

Thursday, July 28 and Friday, September 16.  Contest starts at 7:30 AM. Spectators welcome!  Event and registration info available here
Volunteer Kudos!

Kiosks at A15
Major thanks to Ray Halgreen, Jack Koszuba and Angelo Sica for erec ting new mahogany kiosks at A15 on the bay side. (Jack and Ray pictured at left)  Thank you! 

Interpretive Center Volunteers 
Major kudos to the volunteers who help to staff the interpretive center in the summer! Jack, Pam, Gregg, Marcie, Phil, Jean, Don D, Bev, Dick, Judy, Bonnie, Don, Dave, Joe, Lynn, George, John B, and Melanie! Thank you!

July Volunteer Opportunities : 

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart"
- Elizabeth Andrew

The Friends of Island Beach State Park is an entirely volunteer run organization. Have a few hours to spare? We'd love your help to make the park programs a success. 

Email info@friendsofislandbeach.org for details 
on any of the opportunities below.

July 16, 9am - Beach Plum Festival Volunteer Meeting 
The meeting will include an update on the planning for a the Beach Plum Festival and we will be stuffing envelopes for the Stand Up PaddleBoard Raffle. 
Interested in attending? 

August 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 - Volunteer to collect donations at the gate
The Park Staff have generously offered to the let the Friends of Island Beach State Park collect donations at the gate on Thursdays in August when people enter for Beach Soccer. 

BeachBallAPalooza 8/5 - Volunteer to table at Beach Ball a Palooza
The event will be held at Ocean Country Parks Admin building near Cattus Island Country Park (at 1198 Bandon Road). Volunteers needed for setup, engaging visitors and break down (10am - 5pm). 

Harvest the Bay 8/13  - Volunteer to table at Harvest the Bay 
The event will be held at OBA 1. Volunteers needed for setup, engaging visitors and break down (10am - 5pm). 

Flexible dates:
- Volunteers to sell Stand up Paddle Board Raffle tickets at OBA1 on weekends
- Writing - Love to write? We'd love to publish you! Email info@friendsofislandbeach.org to see how you can contribute to future newsletters, guides, and the website.

Stand Up Paddle Board Raffle 

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20

Winner is picked at the Beach Plum Festival on September 11, 2016. 

The paddle board is an Ace-Tec Performer:
11 ft. 6 in. long
32.5 in. wide (Mid)
10 in. Fin/Weight 30 lbs. 
250 lb. Weight Capacity 

Beach Plum Festival 

The Beach Plum Festival is now 
sold out for vendors! 

55+ Artisans and 10+ non profits have signed up for this year's Beach Plum Festival. 

 Check out the FOIBSP website for the full list of vendors

September 11, 2016, OBA 1

We're committed to making Island Beach State Park - one of New Jersey's most popular state parks - one of it's best cared for. Thanks for your continued support!
Renew your membership in the Friends of Island Beach State Park today!

Help us to continue our work of enhancing interpretive, educational, recreational and research programs and events at Island Beach State Park. Last year we contributed approximately $81,000 for various park equipment and programs. Your membership provides the foundation for our work in supporting the park.

visit our website at 

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