The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium advances knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through research, education, and extension.

Providing for research that results in sound scientific data used to promote wise decision-making about New Jersey’s coastal and marine resources is at the heart of NJSGC’s mission.

The Education Program at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium holds a wide variety of programs directed towards advancing greater understanding and stewardship of our state’s marine and coastal resources.

The primary goal of Extension is to provide useful information to people employed or interested in fields related to marine resources from fishermen, coastal engineers, maritime industry personnel, resource managers, and decision makers to the general public.

The Communications Department provides comprehensive services to the Consortium and its project partners by using all possible means and mediums including, print, computer/web-based technology, video, radio, and broadcast television.

News & Events

Get Ready for Ocean Fun Days 2019!

November 7th, 2018

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas, has announced the official dates for Ocean Fun Days 2019:


May 18, 2019 at Island Beach State Park

May 19, 2019 at N.J. Sea Grant Consortium on Sandy Hook


Both locations 11 a.m. – 3 p.m rain or shine
Free admission and free parking!

Please visit NJSGC’s Ocean Fun Days homepage for more information!

Hurricane Sandy – Six Years Later

November 6th, 2018

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29th, 2012. Take a look back with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and learn what we’re doing as an organization to help promote hurricane safety and storm preparedness.

Hurricane Sandy Six Years Later

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with NJSGC this November!

October 2nd, 2018

Throughout November, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium offers both full and half-day outdoor programs focused on the historic coastal lifestyle of New Jersey’s natives, the Lenape people.  “Lenape and the Jersey Shore” and “Native Ways” are both suitable for students in Grades 2nd -6th.

These “hands-on” programs involve students in problem solving and teamwork through an exploration of Sandy Hook’s marine environment from the perspective of the native people who once lived there. By focusing on coastal community life, students will gain insight into the Lenape lifestyle, organization, and traditions.

Through discussion and instruction your NJSGC Instructor will cover the following key concepts during your Lenape and The Jersey Shore program:

  • History of the Lenape People
  • Geographic orientation
  • Language and lore
  • Food and tools
  • Gender roles

Students will participate in some or all of the following activities:

  • Traditional fishing techniques (boots, nets and buckets supplied by NJSGC)
  • Plant and animal identification
  • Food preparation (mortar and pestle demonstration and activity)
  • Fire by friction activity
  • Cord braiding necklace craft
  • Clam shell drilling activity
  • Hunting techniques
  • Fishing using a weir
  • Hoop and spear game
  • Firewood game

Please contact NJSGC’s Education Associate Melanie Tarling at 732-872-1300 x13 for more information!

Coastal Resilience – Hurricane Florence UPDATES

September 13th, 2018

Although current forecasts predict that Hurricane Florence will not directly or severely impact the Garden State, it’s always safer to remain alert and aware while having an emergency plan in place. New Jersey may still see flooding, rip currents, and beach erosion. Please stay informed and aware. At NJSGC, we’re here to help.


Where to Swim at the Jersey Shore in September (Lifeguard Update)

September 6th, 2018

Summer is almost over, but with less beach traffic and warmer ocean temperatures, most locals consider September an ideal time to still enjoy the Jersey Shore.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium would like to remind everyone to always remain safe and alert during these last few weeks of summer. Rip currents are still a huge danger, and it is never safe to swim without lifeguard supervision. NJSGC’s Rip Current Awareness Program was established to better inform the general public about water hazards and beach safety. As always – “When in doubt, don’t go out!”

Because the season is officially over, several beaches no longer provide daily lifeguard patrols. But thankfully, many still do! Please be advised that every town and city has a different set of rules and regulations. Dates and locations are extremely limited. Find more helpful tips below:

Island Beach State Park (Seaside Park, Ocean County)

Manasquan (Monmouth County)

Ocean City (Cape May County)

Southern Ocean County (including Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, and Surf City)

Wildwood Beaches (Cape May County)

NJSGC will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. Please contact our Communications Specialist Danica Bellini if you happen to know of any guarded beaches, especially in the Monmouth County area. Thank you, and have a great locals’ summer!

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