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17th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival-June 1, 2014

This year's festival theme is "Beach and Bay. Great Places to Play".

We celebrate our continued commitment to educating as many as we can to the wonders of our precious natural resource, the Barnegat Bay,  

Join us at the Wanamaker Complex in Island Heights on Sunday June 1, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine).

Learn all you can about protecting and preserving the Bay.  As in past years there will be more than 60 environmental organizations represented.  Among the features:  the Liberty Science Center will again be bringing its interactive storm flood model,  the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will update debris removal progress throughout the watershed, our Native Plant sale (with Rare Find Nursery) will spotlight storm-sturdy yards, and many organization exhibits will focus on climate-ready endeavors and sustainability. There will also be an emphasis on continued support of the Jersey Shore with many of the wonderful ways you can enjoy the recreational aspects of the bay: kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, fishing, crabbing, clamming, photography, kite-flying...and so much more

Other fun and free activities at the Barnegat Bay Festival:

·         Enjoy a canoe eco-tour (pre-registration required) or a pontoon boat ride on the Toms River. Take a kayak ride (special festival pricing) with Freekin' Creekin' at the Summit Avenue beach, or learn to paddleboard with Barnegat Bay Paddle Sports.

·         Relax to the traditional music of the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, the Acoustic Musicians Guild, the Top Hats, or a special children’s performance by YOSI and Johnny.

·         Touch sea life in Jenkinson's Aquarium touch tank, learn about raptors and reptiles with the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, make paper with seeds to grow with WILD Jersey, or walk through the soil tunnel for an “underground” experience.

·         Visit the more than 40 eco-friendly vendors and enjoy all varieties of great festival food.

There is so much to do and learn...and it's FREE.

So if you are staying closer to home this summer…save gas and save money, but most importantly learn how you can protect our most treasured natural resource, be more prepared for the future, and support the communities of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.

If you would like more information or would like to pre-register for the canoe eco-tour, please call Betsy Hyle, Special Events Coordinator at 732-914-8109. 


Special Thanks to this year's Festival Sponsors:


     for their support of our children's programs



 For their support of our Festival activities




For supplying coffee and pastries for our vendors and exhibitors



 for supplying the festival shuttle busses



Special Thanks to our sponsors of

the Barnegat Bay Foundation Gala

& the Barnegat Bay Festival



"Ocean County's Landmark Liquor store"



 The Grunin Foundation


Rhine and Associates, Inc.

Diane Rhine, President



Click Here for interactive children's programs throughout the day 

Click Here for the List of Exhibitors and Vendors at the Festival


Click Here for Directions to the Festival

For easy access, park your car at the Island Heights Fire Station and take the Shuttle Bus to the Festival Grounds.  The buses are handicap accessible as are the Festival grounds. 


Hands-on Activities & Main Stage Events

Pontoon Boat Rides will be offered at 10:30 a.m.,11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Tour the beautiful Toms River on the Ocean County pontoon boat.  Tickets are free and must be picked up ahead of launch time at the Barnegat Bay Partnership booth.  The shuttle bus will take you to the launch site.

Paddle your way along Dillon's Creek with a naturalist guided canoe tour.  The free tour will leave Summit Beach at 10:30 and is approximately 2 hours in length.  Some paddling experience is preferable. Pre-registration is required.  To register call Betsy Hyle, Special Events Coordinator, at 732-914-8109.  

Want to try kayaking? Now's your chance. Freekin' Creekin' will be on hand at Summit Beach for Kayak Rides on the Bay. Special Festival fees for adults. Children 12 and under are free.  Register at the Freekin' Creekin' Booth. Take the shuttle bus to the beach.


Try your hand (and balance) with Barnegat Bay Paddle Sports. If you have always wanted to try paddle boarding-here's your opportunity. For a special Festival fee, you can venture out from Summit Avenue beach on a paddle board. Register at the BB Paddle Sports Booth.  Take the shuttle bus to the beach.


 Native Plant Sale 

Presented by Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, the Native Plant Sale will be all day at the Festival on Sunday. You will also be able to pick up the latest edition of the New Jersey Native Plant Guide.  Along with Rare Find Nursery manager Jason Austin, experts will also be on hand from Rutgers Master Gardeners of Ocean County and the new Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society to share their knowledge about native plants and provide visual guides for your own gardens.  Find out the best ways to create a storm-sturdy yard and what to do if your garden and yard were damaged by standing salt water.

If you are traveling on the shuttle, you can leave your plant purchases at the booth and pick them up after you retrieve your car.  We have a special pickup/parking area.

Dana Dazzles   Special Airbrush tattoos with a nature theme! 

Fishing Clinics offer a hands-on fishing experience for all ages. Learn how to bait and cast. Sponsored by the Island Heights United Methodist Church. Island Heights resident, Bob Eaglesham, will work with all ages 

Papermaking with WILD Jersey's Debbie Hadley: Recycle junk mail and make your own paper. Add seeds to the mix and you can plant your paper in in your garden! Look for this fun activity between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. under a tent near the Native Plant Sale.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge brings a selection of winged wonders, raptors and reptiles to share at special programs at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30.p.m.under a tent near the BBP information booth.


Throughout the day -- DJ Dave Rodgers


11:00 a.m. -- Join Children's performers YOSI & Johnny for a "Meet Eugene" concert

12:00 p.m. -- Guardian of the Barnegat Bay Awards Ceremony


1:00 p.m. -- The Top Hats

2:00 p.m. -- Kula-Kamala-Yoga demonstration

3:00 p.m.-- Acoustic Musicians Guild

(Photos: John Bendel)


Sign up for our FREE DRAWINGS

A bag of Oceangro from the Ocean County Utilities Authority

Beautiful hanging flower baskets from Barlow Flower Farm

An amazing double dolphin kite from Cobra Kites


Festival Exhibits and Vendors


Acoustic Musicians Guild: Learn more about acoustic Bluegrass music and traditional country folk. The group will also be performing on stage at 3 p.m.

American Littoral Society: Founded by divers and naturalists with a desire to learn more about the littoral zone, learn more about this organization which works to conserve the beauty and bounty of our coastal regions for our generation and generations to come. 

Americorps Watershed Ambassadors: Find out more about this environmental community service program. Meet our Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador, Joanna Marina, and enjoy the fun of "fish printing" with local Jersey Shore species (not the real thing!).

Barnegat Bay Foundation: a new name for a long established foundation - the Barnegat Bay Watershed and Estuary Foundation - that has been working to support projects aimed at protecting and restoring the Barnegat Bay through education and fundraising.

Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program: Check out a display of the 2014 recipients and their projects.

Barnegat Friends Meeting: Learn more about the Quakers and how Earth-care is one of their major projects.

Barlow’s Flower Farm: Get your hands dirty - plant a seedling in a peat pot.

Beachwood Yacht Club: Find out more about its sailing and kayak programs.

Borough of Lakehurst Historical Society: Join Owen and Janet Heller to learn more about our Native American culture in NJ. Mr. Heller is an enthusiast of woodland Native Americans and their way of life; especially the Lenape-pre 1600. Terrific presentation for all ages.

Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority: Interact with the Enviroscape model to learn the movement of water through a watershed and the pollution that run-off may cause.

Cattus Island County Park: Stop by this interesting display to learn more about our sea and forest creatures with exhibits of animal "touchables". Kids can take part in a craft activity as well. 

Don’t Miss the Pontoon Rides sponsored by Cattus Island County Park-Free tickets can be picked up at the Barnegat Bay Partnership information tent located in the center of the field. Rides are at 10:30am, 11:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

Friends of Cattus Island Park: Find out more about membership and volunteerism for this wonderful park.

Citizens' Climate Lobby: Check out some solar powered toys, as well as a model home with a solar panel that powers interior fixtures. 

Clean Ocean Action: Be a Barnegat Bay Buddy! Discover how you can be the solution to ocean pollution at this exhibit. Find out all the ways you can help by volunteering!

Defenders of Wildlife: Find out more about this organization that is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Find out more about visiting one of our local natural treasures and join in some fun activities for the kids.

Emily de Camp Herbarium:  The herbarium at Island Beach State Park began in 1995 and was named to honor the memory of Emily deCamp, a conservationist and artist. Find out exactly what an herbarium is and why it is such a valuable resource for us here at the Jersey Shore. 

Forked River Mountain Coalition: Mountains on the Jersey Shore? Find out more about it at this exhibit.

Friends of Island Beach State Park: How can you be a friend to this magnificent state park? Find out here!

Island Beach State Park: Explore the shells of Island beach-shell identification, shell sorting and a shell craft. Check out the terrific summer adventures for all ages! There is something to do everyday at the park...all summer long.

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore:  Join the scouts to make recycled friendship bracelets and plant some seeds. Get your cookie fix.

Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society: Go back in time with this traditional and historic instrument and music. Don’t miss them as they “jam” in their tent near the festival food!

Island Heights Cultural & Heritage Association: Recycle the past by preserving and renovating old homes. Ask about the incredible Island Heights Garden Tours. Also "Pocket Shells" activity for the kids-"May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes"

Island Heights United Methodist Church:  Not only will the United Methodist women be on hand with all their home-made crafts, but don't miss the "Teach A Kid To Fish" workshops.  Learn to cast and tie fishing knots and rigs, Learn fishing etiquette, fishing safety, rules and regulations as well as how to locate fish.

Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center: Learn more about this beautiful reserve which encompasses over 115,000 acres in southern New Jersey. Lots of fun things for the kids to do as they learn more about the Barnegat Bay.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium Touch Tank: Touch a variety of Bay species: look for sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs and more.

Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society:  This new shore organization can provide advice and resources on the proper way to replant Sandy-damaged lawns and landscapes.

John Drulle, MD Memorial Lyme Fund, Inc.: Learn more about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Exhibit helps raise awareness and provides prevention education.

John F. Peto Studio Museum: Learn more about the newest museum in Island Heights-an 1880's home and studio of a well known local artist. Get information on this summer's exhibition and summer concert series.

Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science: Participate in the interactive turtle and terrapin display and find out all about them from the students at M.A.T.E.S. Meet their mascot-SCUTES! 

Marine Mammal Stranding Center: Find out about sea animals which need help returning to the wild. Kids can make a special Seal Hand Puppet.

Marine CSI: Coastal Science Investigation: Learn how marine science and conservation are made interesting in the classroom. Lesson plan guidebooks for teachers and parents will be showcased. 

Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue: Find out more about these wonderful dogs and how you can help to "recycle" them through adoption.

Meteorology: Meet F. Blake Rivas, a chemical engineer and meteorologist, dedicated to sharing with people of all ages the pleasure that comes from understanding a little more about the most wonderful works of nature-the Atmosphere and the Oceans...the two blankets that protect and help feed us, and what we all need to stay healthy. Find out what a Galileo Thermometer is...and see a liquid tornado. 

Natural Resource Education Foundation of NJ (The Lighthouse Center): Experience Barnegat Bay through educational programs and hands-on learning Meet McDuffy Barrow, the center's naturalist, to see in action the age-old art of decoy carving.

NJ Beach Buggy Association: Find out more about the history of this Bay area tradition and its purpose. Go back in time with the 1936 Model A Beach Buggy on display. Kids will have fun making art with finds from the "treasure chest".

 NJ Council of Diving Clubs: What does SCUBA stand for? Find out at this interesting booth with displays of sports diving equipment and artifacts retrieved from the marine environment.  Find out about the safety laws and regulations, as well as how you can get certified.

NJ Lighthouse Society: find out what’s being done to save our historic lighthouses and how you can help by viewing an interactive diorama. Various coloring and activity pages for the kids to enjoy, too!

NJ Sea Grant Consortium: Check out the Clam Concentration Game featuring local species. Take a selfie with the Horseshoe Crab.

NJ Water Association:   Check out this active model that shows how pollution travels through our aquifers.  Learn more about how to keep our drinking water safe. Coloring books and stickers for the kids.

NJ Department of Agriculture: Stop by this table to find out more about the signs and symptomsassociated with major forest pests and invasive species in New Jersey.

NJ Department of Environmental Protection-Team Barnegat Bay: Find out the latest on the Barnegat Bay 10 Point Plan, Find out how to save water and money by using rain barrels with the NJ DEP CleanWater NJ/NJ Watersavers:. Check out the displays and get the kids some activity books.

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife:  Learn more about the Clean Vessel Act program and keeping our bay clean through the use of pump-out boats. Also pick up information from the Marine Trades Association of NJ about its Go-Boating NJ program and get a copy of the 2014 Boaters Directory

Ocean Air Support Squadron will display over 100 aerial photos of Barnegat Bay. Don't miss this amazing perspective from the air.

Ocean County Business Development & Tourism:    Take the pledge not to litter with Watershed Willie; Pick up your Barnegat Bay Buddy-in-Training bookmarks; Find out about all the things to see and do in Ocean County.

Ocean County College: Our Partner and Sponsor celebrates the festival with representatives from Admissions & Continuing and Professional Education who will share information, upcoming events, children’s camp programs, and senior programs.  

Ocean County Library: Meet the Island Heights Library Staff & Friends of the Library: Try your hand at the kids’ spinning wheel for prizes; have a go at making a special recycled paper and bead craft..

Ocean County Master Composters: See first hand how to build a “compost pile” and find out how you can compost at home. Special Demonstration will be presented.

Ocean County Mosquito Commission: Watch for the Giant Mosquito hovering nearby; find out the ins and outs of mosquito control.

Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund:  Learn more about this program that dedicates a portion of our county taxes to buy lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation. learn more about the Barnegat Branch Trail and Farmland Preservation programs.

Ocean County Solid Waste Management:  Find out more about how Ocean County Recycles…are there more things to recycle than you know?  Pick up lots of information and activity books for the kids. Also find out more about composting to help fertilize your gardens with the Ocean County Master Composter program.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District: Caring for the watershed means caring for the land as well. Find out more about what you can do to improve the health of your soil. Walk through the SOIL TUNNEL! Make an edible "mudpie".

Ocean County Utilities Authority: Learn more about proper fertilization and the new law governing use of fertilizers. Get a sample of OCUA’s Oceangro. 

Pinelands Preservation Alliance:  Learn more about our beautiful Pinelands and how important they are to our Barnegat Bay watershed.

Potter Creek Crusaders: Learn more about this special project by students from Berkeley Township Elementary School in Bayville, New Jersey, who made a commitment to discover information about their local watershed area that could be passed on throughout the community. They gained knowledge through field studies, experimentation and research, and captured it all in a beautiful book to be help others learn more about the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.

ReClam the Bay: Have your picture taken in the Giant Clam! Find out how clams and oysters are grown from seed and why shellfish are so important to the ecology of our Bay. Find out how you can help make their water safer for them.

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Ocean County:  What is a Master Gardener? Would you like to be one? What’s involved? Inquire here and get lots of great information about your garden. Pick up a Master Gardener Calendar and help support the effort.

Save Barnegat Bay: You probably have heard the controversies about nitrogen in the Bay. Stop by and find out more about its impact on the Bay and its watershed. 

Sierra Club: Learn more about this national environmental organization which is our nation’s oldest and largest. Get information about the New Jersey Chapter.

Starbucks: "Grounds for the Ground" Find out more about using coffee grounds to improve your compost pile.

Toms River Macaroni Kid: find out more about this new online children's resource while the kids create a marine lif craft. 

Tuckerton Seaport: The seaport brings some of its history to Island Heights by way of duck carving and beach apparatus drills. Stop by and visit. Check out the full-size garvey on display.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 7-11: Bring the kids here for a hands-on activity that helps them to understand what should and should not go in the water and why water safety and cleanliness is important.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marine Safety Division: Boating safety is a must if you live on the Bay. Find out more about how to be a safe boater by trying your hand at the heaving line toss and the life jacket donning contest! Great kids’ activities.

Volunteer Auxiliary for Animal Shelters: Stop by their amazing adoption bus and meet some of the adorable dogs looking for new homes.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge:  Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation, this refuge sits on 174 wooded acres on the edge of the New Jersey Pinelands. Don't miss the special programs at 1:30pm ( Winged Wonders) and 2:30pm (Raptors and Reptiles) right at their booth near the BBP information tent.


BeBe Diva Wear is where to find children's accessories: headbands, ponytails, and tutus.

Island Heights craftsman Steve Berglund features handmade wooden cooking utensils-some made from Sandy damaged tree branches.

Blind Bob’s Pottery features handmade functional and art pottery-platters, bowls, mugs (all food safe) along with birdhouses, dog bowls, leash hooks and more.

Blueberry Wood Apiary brings all things Bees with honey, candles, wax blocks and cosmetics.

Carolyn’s Crystal Creations showcase original designs using Swarovski crystals.

Celtic Chairde features homemade skincare products, natural lip glosses, and unique jellies and jams.

Cobra Kites wants to share how easy and exciting kites can be for everyone-catch their passion.

Costco will be on hand to share some of the green friendly products they carry.

Earth Groomers, Inc. provides organic lawn and landscape services to Central Jersey.

Phil Fabrizio shares his photographic accomplishments.

F & M Novelties offers Sand Art for the Kids in recyclable containers.

Garden Lights by Paulie offers unique, handcrafted solar lights for gardens or pathways.

Gifts by Grace hand-makes floral centerpieces, swags and wreaths along with hemp and beaded jewelry.

Hats and Stuff provides protection from the sun as you enjoy all that our Beach and Bay has to offer.

Healing in the Hurting Place highlights tales of the Pine Barrens in books by award winning local author Karen F. Riley.

Home Team Remodeling offers environmentally responsible home improvement services.

LeafFilter North of NJ, Inc. makes sure that just rain gets into your rain barrel. Stop by to find out how to harvest your rain, not your leaves.

Linda King has earthenware, ornaments, jewelry, wall hangings, and pottery, all with a natural/sea life theme.

Kula-Kamala-Yoga shares information on yoga, meditation, and relaxation techniques and classes. Check out the special interactive demonstration on the stage at 2:00pm.

David Lerner Associates will help you plan financially for those environmental changes you may want to make to your home.

Peace of Concrete features handmade garden items-statues, benches, stepping stones, planters.  Benches include sea turtles and dolphins.

Power Home Remodeling Group offers energy efficient windows, siding, roofing, and doors.

Puruha Art brings traditional Native Indian art to the Festival.

Shipyard Nautical Gifts brings back for another year its shipyard nautical gifts, shells, wooden boats, and picture frames.

Steve & Anne's Biplanes made from soda and beer cans are the ultimate in whimsical recycling. Catch them spinning in the bay breeze.

Tastefully Simple is easy to make gourmet food that requires, at most, 2 ingredients. Products range from appetizers to desserts and include some organic and kosher items.

Public Speaker and author Julia Spencer shares her book " Looking Through a Keyhole". Learn about service animals aand how to interact with them. 

The Bracelet Lady offers beaded name bracelets for kids, along with handmade hair feathers.

The Pampered Chef offers goods and tools for the home kitchen.

Waterbourne Spa and Candles offers all natural bath & body products packaged in recyclable containers.

Washed Ashore Photography captures coastal and seashell photography...specializing in photos of bay shells.

Wicked Good Spices is just what it sounds like- unique and delicious spice blends for all dishes. 

Wild Birds Unlimited offers everything you good possible need for your backyard bird feeding-plus plenty of expertise on how to make your yard a bird haven.


Sweet Jersey Kettle Korn

Sierra Club offers Teriyaki Steak Sandwiches & amazing Hot Dogs

Down the Shore Ice Cream

Sausage Sandwiches, cheese steak sandwiches, Gyros, Funnel Cakes, Chicken Fingers, Butterfly French Fries from Damian Jordan-Big Daddy's Chicken & Ribs

Mike's Sno-Cones and Shaved Ice

Shrimp just about every way: steamed, buffalo and wraps with The Shrimpman

Cameron's Market brings a bit of Scotland to the Festival. Try the delicious meat pies among other fare!

Kevin's Salad Station offers "healthy fast-food" for those looking for vegan alternatives, fresh salads and smoothies.  

The Seafood Shack provides delicious seafood specialities: lobster rolls, crab cake sandwiches,New England clam chowder, and lobster bisque-in a unique setting.  

Mainline Pretzel Company offers soft pretzels along with Caribbean Iced Tea

Cure Catering will offer BBQ ribs, Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken and Steak kabobs with ribbon fries

For a sweet treat try Sour Tails-2 feet sweet and sour licorice sticks

Directions to the Barnegat Bay Festival:

For Vendors and Exhibitors: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82.  Take Route 37 east to Vaughn/West End Avenues.  Take a right on West End Avenue, go up the hill (keeping “Triangle Park” where the “Welcome to Island Heights” sign is located on your right), and take a left on Summit Avenue, then a right on East End Avenue (almost to the water).  Cross over Van Sant Avenue and take your first left into the police station/municipal complex driveway (just after a small playground).  You will be able to park your car in this parking lot with an issued parking pass. Watch for exhibitor/vendor signage directing you to the field.

For the General Public:  The parking lot at the Wanamaker Complex is reserved for vendors, exhibitors, and handicapped parking.  We have arranged for free shuttle busses to take you from the Island Heights Firehouse to the festival grounds.  The bus will be circulating all day and we would recommend parking at the firehouse, although you are free to try to find on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood following the directions above.

If you would like to park at the firehouse, take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82.  Take Route 37 east to Vaughn/West End Avenues.  Take a right on West End Avenue (keeping “Triangle Park” where the “Welcome to Island Heights” sign is located on your right), and a left on Lake Avenue.  The firehouse will be one block up on your left on the corner of Lake and Maple. There will be signs to direct you as well.

For GPS:  Corner of West End Avenue and Route 37 East, Island Heights, New Jersey, 08732.

 Interactive Children's Programs with

Yosi & Johnny Present "Meet Eugene" Concert

at 11:00 a.m. on stage


Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

(tent near BBP Booth)

Program 1:  Winged Wonders 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

This lively program, geared for younger audiences, teaches the characteristics of our feathered friends while introducing the children to two of our resident raptors.


 Program 2: Raptors and Reptiles 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

Festival -goers get a chance to meet some of the wondrous creatures that grace our Jersey Shore-beaches and woodlands.


(Tent Near Native Plant Sale)

 Papermaking with Wild Jersey: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Recycle junk mail and make your own paper. Add seeds to the mix and you can plant your paper in your garden!