June  Newsletter

Summer solstice is just days away, and the park is popping. 

Scroll through our newsletter for ...
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • We're hiring!!!
  • The Barrier Island Classic and the Beach Plum Festival 
  • Updates from the park 
Make sure to read all the way to the bottom to see an amazing piece of art by our Friend Richard A. King

And, as always check the beach conditions and watch the osprey from your anywhere with the  Ocean Camera on OBA 1 and the Pete McLain Osprey Camera. They're live!

See you around the park! 
Friends of Island Beach State Park 
We're Hiring!

The Friends of Island Beach State Park is looking to hire a volunteer coordinator. Do you know someone with a love of the park, an entrepreneurial spirit, great communication skills, and a welcoming spirit? 

We need volunteers on Thursdays!

One of the largest fundraisers for the Friends of Island Beach State Park is collecting donation at the gate. 

This year we have an AMAZING opportunity to collect donations at the gate every Thursday in July and August. 

Can you help us at the gate? If so email info@friendsofislandbeach.org

Updates from the Park...

  • Terrapin Release - The terrapin release on Monday May 22 had more than 500 kids from schools from all over NJ.  They braved the rain to set free turtles that they had been raising in their classrooms during the winter.  It was highly emotional for many children and teachers as they released their turtles into the wild.  Contact John Wnek (projectterrapin@gmail.com) at the Marine Academy of Technical and Environmental Science for more information.

  • Waterway Trail Educators at A21 - Starting Memorial Day Weekend volunteer Waterways Trail Educators will be stationed at the A-21 Kayak launch.  They will conduct a survey of the users of the Sedge Islands Marine Conservation to get an idea how many people are using the area and what kind of experience they are having.  The Waterways Trail Educators will also hand out maps and other information.  And they will answer questions about the area from the public.  Contact Jim Merritt at sedgeisland@optonine.net for more information.

  • Johnny Allen's Cove Trail Work -  Many thanks to the volunteers and Friends who helped improve the Johnny Allen's Cove trail. Make sure to check out their work the next time you are in the park!

Barrier Island Classic Surf Contest 
Registration now OPEN!

Piping Plover - Science Info  

This is the eighth installment of the "Science of the Shore Column" written by Bianca Charbonneau, Phd candidate. 

At Island Beach State Park and other beaches, you may have noticed that there are signs about keeping off certain due to potential piping plover nesting.

You should heed these signs because largely due to human interventions, the piping plover has been classified as a federally threatened species in the US since 1986 and is considered near threatened worldwide on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Read more here.

Save the Date for the annual Beach Plum Festival!

The festival features 100 vendors of local arts & crafts, food and non-profits. 

September 10, 2017 

Our Living Bay 

Here is a composite image to show the beauty and production of our estuary by Richard King. To see more of his work visit his website:  http://www.barnegatwildlife.com/

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!
visit our website at 

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