Nature Center of Cape May
About Us

Our Mission Statement

The Nature Center's mission focuses in providing quality environmental education experiences, encouraging stewardship of the harbor area and other natural areas, and promoting volunteerism as a rewarding means of community involvement and service.

The Nature Center of Cape May was founded in 1992, with the twin goals of creating a responsible stewardship program for open space surrounding Cape May Harbor and providing environmental education for people of all ages. The Center's focus on "hands-on" activities reflects a philosophy of personal responsibility for education.

Adopted by the New Jersey Audubon Society in 1995, the Nature Center of Cape May is one of nine staffed nature centers throughout the state. The environmental education campus, located on the shores of beautiful Cape May Harbor in Cape May, includes the Trucksess Welcome Center, a three-story observation tower, indoor observation lounge, three classrooms, exhibit aquaria, a small gift shop, and multiple themed display gardens. The harbor and adjacent area provide natural classrooms that are used in the center's programs. In addition, the nature center is close to a diversity of habitats, which are easily incorporated into its programs.

The nature center offers a full schedule of natural history programs for the general public throughout the year. A wide variety of group educational programs are available as well, either at the Nature Center of Cape May or at alternate sites such as outdoor habitats, schools, or clubs. Click on the links below for more information.
Our Staff
Name & E-MailTitle
Gretchen WhitmanSanctuary Director
Christine HansenNature Store Associate/Administrative Assistant
Brendan SchafferTeacher Naturalist

Associate Naturalists:
Fred Beyer, Paige Cunningham, Evelyn Lovitz, Margeaux Maerz, Hal Miller, Pat Sutton, Betty Jean Webersinn and Phil Zimmerman.

Support Personnel:
Mark Allen, Public Relations Volunteer
Meg Miller, Administrative Assistant Volunteer
Evelyn Lovitz, E-newsletter Volunteer

A big “Thank you!” to ALL our volunteers!