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20th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival-June 4, 2017


This year's festival theme is "The Bounties of Our Watershed."

From water-based activities like the canoe eco-tour to hands-on children’s activities like the aquatic touch tank and seining, attendees will have the chance to explore the valuable natural resources of our estuary.  

Discover all the ways you can enjoy the Barnegat Bay watershed and learn more about its rich agricultural and aquacultural history. The participating environmental organizations will showcase not only the importance of protecting our natural resources, but all the opportunities we can enjoy through hiking, birding, kayaking, as well learning where our local foods are grown. Find out about the farms in our watershed, the U-Pick opportunities, our seafood, and much more.  We celebrate our continued commitment to educating as many as we can to the bounties of our watershed and the wonders of our precious natural resource, the Barnegat Bay,  

Join us at the Wanamaker Complex in Island Heights on Sunday June 4, 2017 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.  Things to see & do: we will feature our interactive storm flood model,  the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will tell us about its upcoming Blitz , a water-shed wide cleanup, our Native Plant sale will spotlight use of native plants for a Jersey-Friendly yard, and many organization exhibits will focus on climate-ready endeavors and sustainability. There will also be an emphasis on the agricultural bounties of our watershed. Find out more from the NJ Farm Bureau, meet the young people in 4H who will introduce you to some of their farm animals. Learn about llamas and alpacas who also make their home in our watershed. Discover the wonderful ways you can enjoy the recreational aspects of the bay: kayaking, swimming, fishing, crabbing, clamming, camping, birding, kite-flying...so much to do!

Other fun and free activities at the Barnegat Bay Festival:

·         Enjoy a canoe eco-tour (pre-registration required; for either 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. departures) or a pontoon boat ride on the Toms River (no reservations taken-pick up tickets at the BBP festival tent in the center of the field-limited # for each trip). 

·         Relax to The ShoreSyde Duo with the sounds of summer or the traditional music of the Jersey Shore Youth BandsGreater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, the Acoustic Musicians Guild, the Top Hats, or a special children’s performance by YOSI at 11 a.m.

·         Touch sea life in Jenkinson's Aquarium touch tank, learn about raptors,reptiles and endangered species with the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, make paper with seeds, try your hand at fish printing, or walk through the soil tunnel for an “underground” experience.

·         Visit the more than 40 eco-friendly arts & crafts and businesses 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-tours, please call Betsy Hyle, Special Events Coordinator at 732-255-0400 x2977. 


Special Thanks to this year's Festival Sponsors:


     for their support of our children's programs




For supplying coffee and pastries for our vendors and exhibitors




  for supplying the festival shuttle vans



Special Thanks to our sponsors of

the Barnegat Bay Foundation lawn party

in support of the Barnegat Bay Festival



The Citta Foundation 

the d'onofrio foundation 


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 near the Island Heights Fire Station and take the Shuttle Van to the Festival Grounds.  NOTE: Two vans cannot accommodate wheelchairs, but the small bus vehicle can take a wheelchair. As well handicapped parking is available on the parking lot at the festival grounds. The festival grounds are handicapped accessible. It's a field so may be a little bumpy.


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 8:30 a.m.for the first tour and 10:30 a.m. for the second. Each tour is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length.  Some paddling experience is preferable. Pre-registration is required.  To register call Betsy Hyle, Special Events Coordinator, at 732-255-0400 x.2977.  


Native Plant Sale 

Presented by thelittleplantcompany..., the Native Plant Sale will be all day at the Festival on Sunday. Check out our new Jersey-Friendly Yards website that is your guide to a beautiful, healthy, and eco-friendly yard. You will also be able to pick up the New Jersey Native Plant Guide.  Along with owner Kelly 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 are still recovering from 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.

Meet the NJ Farm Bureau: Learn about the role of the Farm Bureau and our rich agricultural history. Pick up information on fresh products & farmers' markets, as well a list of local farms and u-pick opportunities.

Ocean County 4H introduces you to its many opportunities for youth development and leadership. Meet some of the participants and their farm animals.

Stop by Second Wind Farms to learn about llamas and see a demonstration on carding llama fiber.

Meet an alpaca from Cedar Lane Alpacas. Find out why their yarn is warmer, stronger & softer than wool.

Check out the Scavenger Hunt througout the Festival at the BBP Field Technicians table in Tent B.

Dana Dazzles   Special Airbrush tattoos with a nature theme! 

Seining at the Beach (11 am & 2pm) offer a hands-on experience for all ages. Learn what lives in our bay.

Fish Printing captures the age-old craft of species as art...but we use the rubber kind.

Papermaking with Seeds: 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 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. under a tent near the Native Plant Sale.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge brings a selection of endangered species, 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.

For a special Festival price:

ZIP USA offers a chance to try your hand at zip lining. Perfect for the kids!

Capture the festival day with friends and family in pictures with Vintage Print Photo Booth. Have some fun with handmade & amusing props that celebrate our Barnegat Bay theme.


Throughout the day -- Enjoy the Summer Sounds of The ShoreSyde Duo

10:00 a.m. -- The ShoreSyde Duo

 11:00 a.m. -- Join Children's performers YOSI in concert

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

12:00 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. -- The Jersey Shore Youth Band

2:00 p.m. -- The Top Hats

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

Native Shrubs from the Island Heights Environmental Committee


Festival Exhibits and Vendors


Acoustic Musicians Guild: Learn more about acoustic Bluegrass music and traditional country folk music. 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 generations to come. 

Americorps Watershed Ambassadors: Find out more about this environmental community service program.  Check out the interactive Storm Flood Model. 

Barnegat Bay Foundation: this foundation of volunteers works to support projects aimed at protecting and restoring the Barnegat Bay through education and fundraising. The Foundation is the official co-sponsor of the Barnegat Bay Festival. 

Meet the Barnegat Bay Partnership Field Technician Staff. What do trees & fish have in common?  Find out before going on a scavenger hunt adventure arounf the festival grounds.

Meet our volunteer Master Naturalists: find out first hand what it takes to become one and what volunteer projects are underway. 

Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program: Check out a display of the 2017 recipients and their projects.

Barnegat Monthly Meeting: Learn more about the Quakers and how Earth-care is one of their major projects both locally and nationally.Ask about their environmental work on Capitol Hill.

Barlow’s Flower Farm: For the Kids: Get your hands dirty - plant a vegetable in a pot. Find them at the Native Plant Society table.

Meet members of Berkeley Township Underwater Search and Rescue Squad 86. Serving the area since 1976, they conduct surface water rescue, ice rescue and waterborne rescue training for emergency first responder organizations as well as salvage, recovery, cleanup, and marine mammal assistance in the Barnegat Bay and surrounding areas. Kids: try on scuba gear, see a CPR demonstration and give knot tying a try.

Boating Education and Rescue (B.E.A.R.): Using environmental and  boating safety related games, learn about the causes, effects, and solutions surrounding marine pollution as well as overall safe boating.Kids will enjoy the environmental games as well as a " Fish out the Litter" game.

Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority: Interact hands-on with the Watershed Marble model to demonstrate non-point source pollution. Hands-on activity for the kids! 

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. 

Clean Ocean Action: Be the solution to Ocean pollution...find out here what you can do to help. Ask about their Beach Sweeps!

Friends of Cattus Island is a non-profit organization of volunteers that works to support projects and programs at Cattus Island County Park. Stop by both tables to find out exciting news from the Cooper Environmental Center which is now open again!

Don’t Miss the Pontoon Rides sponsored by the Ocean County Park system-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. First Come-First Served.

Cedar Lane Alpacas is a small alpaca farm in central NJ. They breed and raise alpacas for sale. They shear their fleeces and retail the yarn, fiber, and hand knitted items from their herd at a small farm store. Come meet an alpaca and learn more about their beautiful and luxurious yarn for your crocheting and hand knitting projects. 

The Children's Home Society of NJ: Learn more about our Barnegat Bay through reading. Stop by for a book giveaway designed to encourage more time spent reading with our kids. 

The County Council for Young Children-Ocean County will be partnering with the Children's Home Society of NJ to coordinate a craft for the kids to go along with their book.

Visit Citizens' Climate Lobby-Brick and find out more about the carbon fee and dividend programs it promotes. Find out how you can help them fight climate change by writing to your members of Congress. 

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. 

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore: Join the scouts for a fun craft activity and find out more about how to participate in this great organization.Learn all about their current community project and how it relates to the Barnegat Bay.

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!

Friends of Island Beach State Park: How can you be a friend to this magnificent state park? Find out here! Special Osprey craft for the kids as well as a shell craft!

Island Heights Cultural & Heritage Association: Recycle the past by preserving and renovating old homes. Ask about the incredible Island Heights Garden Tours. Also a nature craft that celebrates the bay. 

Island Heights Environmental Committee: Meet members of our host borough’s Environmental Committee. Learn more about the brand new community garden situated right on the festival grounds as well as the unique bioswale project right there in the Festival parking lot. Get information on Tree City, USA and Adopt-a-Spot. Create and hang prayer flags from the community garden fence.

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 as they learn more about the Barnegat Bay.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium Touch Tank: Kids Young & Old Touch a variety of Bay species: look for sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs and more.  Create a special craft!

Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society:  This shore organization can provide advice and resources on the proper way to plant resilient Jersey Friendly lyards and landscapes. Kids:Stop by to plant veggies from Barlow Flower Farm...along with peas, radishes & others in funky junk! Also make paper ith seeds from 1:30-3:30pm.

John Drulle, MD Memorial Lyme Fund, Inc.: Record crop of ticks predicted this season! Learn more about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. This exhibit helps raise awareness and provides prevention education. 

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! Kids: make a turtle magnet and pick up a turtle tatoo.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center: Find out about sea animals which need help returning to the wild and take part in a marine debris game. 

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

Natural Resource Education Foundation of NJ (The Lighthouse Center): Experience Barnegat Bay through educational programs and hands-on learning in a camp setting.Find out about overnight retreat opportunities.

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 with special activities.

NJ Council of Diving Clubs: What does SCUBA stand for? The answer can be found 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 Sea Grant Consortium:  Check out the special "Marine Debris in the Ocean timeline" game!

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

NJ Department of Environmental Protection-Team Barnegat Bay: Sign up to be part of this year's Barnegat Bay Blitz, a watershed-wide cleanup which takes place June 7th  throughout NJ. 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.

NJ Farm Bureau:Learn about the role of the Farm Bureau and our rich agricultural history. Pick up information on fresh products & farmers' markets, as well a list of local farms and u-pick opportunities.

New Jersey Lighthouse Society: Celebrate the NJ Lighthouses! Pick up maps & brochures-merchandise for sale.

NJ Water Association: They fight for clean water in our state...working directly with drinking water and waste water treatment plants. Check out their ground source water model that shows how aquifers work.

Ocean County 4-H: Find out more about this learn-by-doing approach that enables youth to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world. Meet some 4-H members and the animals they raise.

Ocean Air Support Squadron, Inc.: Take a trip across the Barnegat Bay Watershed ifrom overhead. Hundreds of aerial pictures.Meet the Pilot/Photographer behind them!

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 Historical Society: Our cultural history is a very important part of the Barnegat Bay story. Local history books available along with area maps.

Ocean County Library: Meet the Island Heights Library Staff & Friends of the Library: have a go at making a special craft..

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

Ocean County Mosquito Commission: Watch for the Giant Mosquito hovering nearby; find out the ins and outs of mosquito control and how we can keep them from "bugging" us..

Ocean County Planning Department: 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. Put your hands in some SOIL. Walk through the SOIL TUNNEL! 

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 help others learn more about the Barnegat Bay and its watershed. Kids: Spin the environmental wheel!

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. 

Second Wind Farm: Llamas 101! Where did they come from? What are they used for? "The Litter Llamas" are ambassadors for our environment. See a demonstration on carding llama fiber...and there's a chance to purchase some fiber products.

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

Southern Ocean Birding Group: Learn about bird migration in NJ, look at maps of the best birding locations from the only birding group in Ocean County. Pick up a field guide and help their scholarship fund.

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

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum: The seaport brings some of its history to Island Heights by way of duck carving and beach apparatus drills. Stop by and watch the decoy carving demonstrations and kids can color a shorebird craft.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 7-11: Bring the kids here for a hands-on Discovery Box 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, Flotilla 16-01: Find out more about these important volunteer organizations. Learn about Boating safety and pick up a coloring book for the kids.

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 ( Endangered) and 2:30pm (Raptors and Reptiles) right at their booth near the BBP information tent.


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.

Bohemian Heart features handmade earrings and bracelets.

Carolyn's Crystal Creations showcase original design jewelry using but not limited to Swarovski crystal elements, brass, sterling silver and hand blown glass.

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

Clariza's Clay Pot Swings are a unique way to hang your plants for vertical gardening.

Dee's Doggie Deelights treats your pet to homemade dog biscuits.

Dorothy Donohue (AesDana Images) is the go-to for creative greeting cards with original photographs in flowers, travel & Shore. Some of her cards are on bamboo card stock.

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

Grammy & Me/Gifts from the Sea offers a variety of frames decorated with glass, sea glass, sticks & twigs and other materials from nature. 

Gull Cove Soaps features 100% handmade soaps, candles & body lotion.

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

JCK Special Tees is a local family run business that will be selling embroidered organic boat totes, dry bags, appliqued sweatshirts, 

J.F.K. Crafts features handmade aprons, crochet pocket books babies, character pouches, baby shoes and fashion dolls.

Karen's Colorful Corner features hand painted wine glasses, S & P shakers, pitchers, carafes & more.

Karen's Heart highlights tales of the Pine Barrens in books by award winning local author Karen F. Riley.

Katbird Jewelry features repurposed & found objects blended with handcrafted leather slipknot cords, pendants & charms & sea glass, bracelets, lariats & necklaces.

Katie Clayton (Fiber Artist) will bring hand dyed, hand spun wool woven on canvas & wood.

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.

Light Ideas features lighted, decorated wine bottles & handmade jewelry.

The Painted Flame brings 100% soy candles poured into a variety of interesting holders including paint cans, along with wax melts and burners.

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

Puruha Art brings traditional Native Indian art to the Festival.

Rollin' Thunder features copper cupolas and weathervances.

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

Skyline Solar offers residential Sunpower panels. They believe in saving customers money by going green.

SUEZ will be on hand to share information about its local water provision and service in Ocean County as well as its global water research and initiatives-as part of a world-wide environmental company. 

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.

The Bracelet Lady has just the thing for kids-name bracelets and ponytail pom poms.

The Tooth Fairy captures the beauty of shark's teeth (found along North Carolina beaches) in gold and silver jewelry.

Treasures byTonia brings us driftwood and pallets upcycled into home decor options.,

Urgent Care Now gets you ready for a healthy summer season. Stop by for important information on summer safety, sun exposure, tick bites, jellyfish stings, bug & mosquito bites. Find out about insect repellants & sun screens.

Vicbar Rock Art recycles slate roofing tiles...choose from a variety of images for hanging both indoors and out. 

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

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

Wild Birds Unlimited provides for all your backyard birding needs. Learn about outdoor feeding-nature gifts available.


Aloha Coffee: fresh ground Hawaiian coffee hot or iced along with hawwaiian inspired ice creams

Sweet Jersey Kettle Korn 

Sierra Club offers Teriyaki Steak Sandwiches & amazing Hot Dogs

OSS-OME-Bowls: acai bowls with fresh fruits; Smoothies & Juices 

Down the Shore Ice Cream; prepackaged ices cream & Italian Ice

1 Potato Two offers one of a kind SPUDWICHES

Local 130 Seafood sources local fish for poke bowls: raw fish salad marinated with sesame oil, soy sauce, seasonal vegetables & lime. Also being served-ceviche. 

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

It's A Wrap:  Shrimp just about every way: steamed, buffalo and wraps with The Shrimpman

Cajun Jax is spicing things up with grilled Gater Legs, Crawfish Boil, Cajun Chicken on a stick, Moink Balls (bacon wrapped meatballs), Hush Puppies and Cajun pretzel bites

The Blended Banana Company: a creamy delight made from 100% bananas.

Jonathan's Harbor is the place to get blackened scallop kabobs and mahi tacos

A & J Zeppoles offers the deep fried treat!

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



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 that you will receive on arrival. Watch for exhibitor/vendor signage directing you to the field.

For the General Public: Follow the festival parking signs:  We have arranged for free shuttle vans to take you from more accessible parking at the Island Heights soccer field (Volunteers will direct you to open spaces along the road and park-unfortunately we are no longer able to use the fire house parking lot).  The vans will be circulating all day and we would recommend parking in that area. The vans are not able to handle wheelchairs, but the small bus vehicle can. You will be directed to the festival grounds where handicapped parking is available. You are also free to try to find on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood following the directions above for exhibitors and vendors.  Please just be mindful of driveways and fire hydrants...and other NO Parking areas. The Wanamaker parking lot is reserved but handicapped parking is available there.

If you would like to park near 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.   Parking will be one block up on your left There will be Festival Parking signs and volunteers to direct you..

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

 Interactive Children's Programs with




at 11:00 a.m. on stage


Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

(tent near BBP Booth)

Program 1:  Raptors and Reptiles 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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

Program 2: Endangered 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

This program introduces species that are listed as threatened or endangered within the state and what that term actually means for their survival. You will also learn what threatens our wildlife and what you can do to keep that from happening.


(Jersey shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society tent)

 Papermaking with SEEDS: 1:30pm-3:30pm

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

(Near BBP information tent)

fish printing

throughout the day