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19th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival-June 5, 2016


This year's festival theme is "From Pinelands to Tidelands."

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 from its woods to its water. 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, and so much more . 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 5, 2016 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 Watershed Ambassador will feature our interactive storm flood model,  the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will update its successful Blitz throughout the watershed, our Native Plant sale (with thelittleplantcompany) 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 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, camping, birding, kite-flying...and so much more.

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 Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, the Acoustic Musicians Guild, the Top Hats, or a special children’s performance by YOSI and Johnny at 11 a.m.

·         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, 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 732-914-8109. 


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 Gala

in support of the Barnegat Bay Festival



The Citta Foundation 

Athwal Eye Associates  


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: The vans cannot accommodate wheelchairs, but handicapped parking is available on the parking lot at the festival grounds. The festival grounds are handicapped accessible. 


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 732-914-8109.  


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.

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 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 -- Enjoy the Summer Sounds of The ShoreSyde Duo

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

 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 ShoreSyde Duo

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.

Alaska Wilderness League: Find out about the public lands of our 49th state through educational activities focusing on the Arctic Ocean; Also explore how we all can celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th. Learn more about this world-wide effort to protect all our oceans, which in turn protects all our water resources like the Barnegat Bay. Kids can make a special kite representing birds that travel between the Arctic and New Jersey.

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. Look for the horseshoe crab lesson & craft!

Americorps Watershed Ambassadors: Find out more about this environmental community service program. Meet our Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador, Lindsey Sigmund, and check out the interactive Storm Flood Model and look at live macro invertebrates (water insects) under a microscope!

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 Master Naturalists and find out first hand what it takes to become one and what volunteer projects are underway. Kids can look through special lenses to examine botanical specimens.

Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program: Check out a display of the 2016 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.

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

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: Check out the rescue truck and scuba gear.

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 "Children's Hooked on Fishing" games.

Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority: Interact hands-on with the Enviroscape model to learn the movement of water through the Metedeconk 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 touch table and craft activity as well. 

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 about the Cooper Environmental Center!

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. First Come-First Served.

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 bookmark craft for the kids to go along with their book.

Visit Citizens' Climate Lobby 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. Kids: Check out the solar powered toys!

Clean Ocean Action: Discover how you can be the solution to ocean pollution at this exhibit. Find out all the ways you can help by volunteering! Don't forget World Oceans Day is June 8th. Learn how to "Kick your Plastics Habit"! and check out lots of tips and information to share with others.

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. 

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..

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 Beach State Park:  one of our most treasured natural resources on the Jersey Shore. Find out more about the barrier island and its shells, wildlife and much more! Kids will get to make a fun craft!

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

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 about fish that live in 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.

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.

JCNERR/WeCrab Marine Debris: Find out what's happening with removal of marine debris (old crab pots/fishing line) from the bay and how to prevent it from happening in the first place. Learn how to properly rig a commercial style crab pot

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 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. Special discounted admission to the museum for festival-attendees the day of the event.

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. 

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 trhough educational programs and hands-on learning in a camp setting.

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 Friends of Clearwater: Find out more about this grassroots volunteer organization that stresses the importance of clean, clear water and urges citizens to be responsible custodians of our waterways. 

NJ Sea Grant Consortium:  Check out their new game...take a selfie with the Horseshoe Crab.

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: Find out the latest statistics from this year's Barnegat Bay Blitz which takes place June 3rd 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.

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 Boaters Directory

NJ Water Association: Check out this active groundwater model that shows how pollution travels through our aquifers. Learn more about how to keep our drinking water safe. 

Ocean County Artist's Guild: Find out more about this historical art league located right in Island Heights. Check out current exhibits and summer art programs. Kids will have a hands-on art activity!

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 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 craft..

Ocean County Master Composters: See first hand how to build a “compost pile” and find out how you can compost at home. Free giveaway made of recycled content!

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.

Pollination Station: Learn more about Monarch butterflies, pollinators, NJ wildlife and their unique roles in our ecosystem. Kids: meet some live wildlife ambassadors.

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. Also learn how to identify ticks!

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.

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.

Starbucks: Refresh for a good cause! Stop by for Alex's Lemonade ...and "Grounds for the Ground" Find out more about using coffee grounds to improve your compost pile. Take a scoop home!

The Living Earth Oases Project: Learn how to protect the Monarch Butterfly and our other pollinators. 

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

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.

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.


A & A Dips offers more than a dozen varities of party dips as well as bruschetta mix.

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

Briz Art and Music repurposes found items into nautical mixed media art, note cards and signs.

Carolina  Artisan features hand crafted silver jewelry.

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

Costco will feature its environmentally safe products offered in its wholesale store.

Cucci-Coo Crafts upcycles flip-flops into wreaths and recycled plastic into suncatchers.

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

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

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

Down to Earth features a variety of face and body products that are cruelty free/vegan and Green America Business Certified. All packaging is 100% recyclable and BPA free.

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

Earth Groomers, Incis Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)-accredited and specializes in Organic Lawn Care.

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

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

Jacky's Jams & Jellies features gourmet pepper jams...and jellies-14 flavors!

JCK Special Tees is a local family run business that will be selling embroidered organic boat totes, dry bags, appliqued sweatshirts, Barnegat Bay and Island Heights t-shirts & tank tops. Grab one of this year's new special Festival Tees or Tanks!

Jersey Girl Barefoot Sandal is the place to go for foot jewelry-anklets, barefoot sandals, but also earrings, bracelets, necklaces-the Jersey Girl line!

J.F.K. Crafts features handmade aprons, crochet pocket books babies and ponchos.

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

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.

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 weathervanes.

Scentsy Fragrance is a safe wickless alternative to candles. Additional products include diffusers, on-the-go fragrances, laundry and cleaning solutions.

Shell Lady brings all things shell to the festival-mixed with sea glass and driftwood for unique items.

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

SUEZ (formerly United Water) 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 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.

Viridian Energy /Make a Green Impact is a renewable energy business and offers green energy choices for electric and gas. Solar installation information also available.

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.


Sweet Jersey Kettle Korn 

Sierra Club offers Teriyaki Steak Sandwiches & amazing Hot Dogs

Down the Shore Ice Cream

1 Potato Two offers one of a kind SPUDWICHES

Harrison's Gourmet Coffee will have hot/iced coffees, hot/iced tea, biscotti, gift baskets and more

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 Scottish Foods brings a bit of Scotland to the Festival. Try the Fish & Chips, delicious meat pies among other fare

The Seafood Shack provides delicious seafood specialties: lobster rolls, crab cake sandwiches,New England clam chowder, and lobster bisque.  

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

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

Island Heights Corner Deli offers some delicious summer soups!


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 you will be directed to the festival grounds where hanicapped 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


Yosi & Johnny Present "Meet Eugene" Concert

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.


(Tent Near Native Plant Sale)

 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