Explore & Learn About Long Beach Island
From our kilns to our salt-marsh, science is everywhere at LBIF! Through the EcoScience Committee, which consists of LBIF members and partners working in the environmental fields, our mission is to provide information, knowledge, leadership and activities to encourage & foster environmental stewardship for our members, individuals and community. The mission includes developing and offering relevant & current environmental science related knowledge, activities and actions with the intention to further improve and protect the health of our coastal ecosystem and all its inhabitants.
During winter months, local residents enjoy Science Saturday lectures that are focused on a variety of locally focused topics including osprey conservation and management, terrapin research, migratory birds, fisheries management, weather and climate, etc… Things really pick up during the summer when members and visitors can enjoy a variety of programs and events. Discovery Days are free events that are held every Wednesday during summer and include a group tour of our preserved salt-marsh, our working beehives, our terrapin nesting gardens and our last but not least LBI’s most famous nesting pair of ospreys, Jack & Wendy. Marine Biology is offered at our summer camp and Barnegat Bay Day in early July provides knowledge and fun for the entire family.
Science Saturday at the LBIF tackles today’s most pressing scientific, environmental, and sustainability issues that directly affect our shore community and the Barnegat Bay. Science Saturdays are interactive and informative hands-on presentations in an informal atmosphere. Fee: $5, Free to LBIF Members.
Please Note: some parts of the Nature Trail may be inaccessible due to winter storms on the marshes. Please be cautious and do not disturb wildlife.
In partnership with Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (LBIF), Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) assisted with the design and enhancement of the Nature Trail at LBIF.
The Nature Trail leads to the Osprey Blind, which overlooks an active nest on Barnegat Bay. photo by Ben Wurst.
Summer: EXPLORING LBI – Guided Eco-Tours – Kayaking & Paddle boarding
Are you ready to explore the natural beauty of LBI during the summer months? This is a perfect retreat for those ready to dip their paddles into nature for a day of fun. Our trips allow you to experience the beautiful and wondrous New Jersey marshes and bays in a way that you never could from land. We start with an educational overview of Barnegat Bay and the marsh lands, leading into a beautiful and informative excursion with your tour guide by Kayak or by Paddleboard. Our adventures require no former experience and is a great workout! *NOTE: Space is limited. Participants must be registered 48 hours before the scheduled session. No registration at the launch site.
LBIF Marsh Cam
We love our salt marsh so much that we installed a camera that broadcasts the live view of this very important ecosystem on Long Beach Island!
BARNEGAT BAY DAY – ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT
Join the LBIF, Alliance for a Living Ocean (ALO) and other local environmental organizations and agencies at the 15th Annual Barnegat Bay Day. Learn about the local plants and animals, both underwater and on land, that complete the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. Have a blast with hands-on activities and guided tours of our Nature Trail.
LBIF Rain Garden
The rain garden at LBIF is a functioning demonstration site to showcase landscaping possibilities that open up the soil and allow rain water to seep back into the ground and reduce runoff into the Barnegat Bay.
The diversity of textures and colors of the plants and flowers are aesthetically pleasing, and it’s a great place to cool off on a hot day and be inspired by nature. There are benches within the garden for people passing by to stop, relax, and cool off while enjoying the view.
Summer Only Event!
Each Discovery Days are held every Wednesday at 10:00am of the summer! You will be given a guided tour of LBIF’s protected 21 acre salted marsh preserve via the new Nature Trail. You will also get to get the opportunity to learn more about our rain garden, bee hives, osprey viewing blind and more. On the guided tour stop by meet local field experts from ReClam the Bay, Long Beach Township, MATES, and Uriah Creek Apiaries. Free & open to all.
New Perspectives: Nature & Forest Therapy Walk with Richard Collins
Perhaps you have heard the term, “Forest Bathing”? Nature & Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, or its English translation: Forest Bathing.
Nature & Forest Therapy, or Forest Bathing, is a practice that combines a slow in a natural area with a clearly defined sequence of guided events that provide structure to the experience. Although structured, the practice still allows many opportunities for creativity and serendipity offered by nature and the individual inspiration of each guide.
Nature & Forest Therapy takes a holistic view to the physiological, mental, emotional, and psycho-spiritual benefits to be derived from an embodied contact with nature, and aims to engage humans through their senses, not their intellects. This practice can be viewed as an effective strategy to maintain and boost immune strength in human beings. The walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and requires no exceptional skill or physical exertion.
Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition from a slow walk in the forest or other natural environments. We look to build on those benefits by reminding people that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways. Our Forest Therapy Walks draw on the latest developments in the field of nature connection, and ancient traditions of mindfulness and wellness promotion.
About the Guide: Rich Collins is a Certified Guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT), based in Morristown & Barnegat Light, New Jersey. His company, Friendly Territory, specializes in Nature & Forest Therapy walks and retreats. He is a husband, proud father and grandfather, entrepreneur, and daily meditator.
Explore & Learn About Long Beach Island
Did you know that there are over 650 pairs of nesting ospreys in New Jersey, but only 4 nests are located on LBI? Want to learn more about our coast? Check out the links below to discover more information developed by LBIF’s own EcoScience Committee.
- A Dynamic System ~ Long Beach Island. As a barrier island, LBI is dynamic—it is always changing. Learn how storms and the nature of the sea have shaped this barrier island
- Get to Know LBI – History, Ecology, What you can do to help.
- Explore our Nature Trail! Learn about the ecology of LBI first hand with a guided tour of our 22 acre preserve, including the bay shore, marsh and thicket (the island is alive all year long!)
- LBI Neighbors ~ An Online Field Guide – Coming soon!
(Science Saturday – October 17, 2020): Read more about climate change interpretations from Ashwani Vasishth, Associate Professor of Sustainability Convener, Sustainability Program (BA) President, New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) Director, Center for Sustainability – Ramapo College of New Jersey.
En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding.