The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is located within the historic Fort Hancock area of Sandy Hook – Gateway National Recreation Area (via Ocean Avenue).


22 Magruder Rd.
Highlands, NJ 07732


From Garden State Parkway Heading South:

Garden State Parkway South to Exit 117. Take Route 36 East, following signs for Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreational Area, for approximately twelve (12) miles.

From Garden State Parkway Heading North:

Garden State Parkway North to Exit 105. Take Route 36 (Joline Ave.) to Ocean Boulevard intersection Turn left at traffic light to follow Route 36 (Ocean Boulevard); go approximately eight (8) miles. Follow signs for Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Once in the Park:

Drive straight ahead on main road approximately four (4) miles to historic Fort Hancock. At the Nike Missile Monument (Guardian Park) bear right onto Magruder Road. Go one-tenth (0.1) mile and turn left into the entrance of NJSGC’s parking lot (BEFORE the NOAA,/James. J. Howard Marine Lab).

Memorial Day through Labor Day:

The National Park Service operates a fee plaza at the entrance to Sandy Hook, collecting beach fees between Memorial Day and Labor Day. NJSGC visitors do not need to pay. Inform the Ranger that you are attending an NJSGC activity. During summer, please plan extra time (up to 30 minutes) to pass through the fee plaza.

Map and Directions:

Individual Visitors and Field Trip Groups