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The Nature Center of Cape May
1600 Delaware Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 898-8848
E-mail: nccm@njaudubon.org

Located on the Cape May Harbor, come visit us today! 

In addition to our many programs, the Trucksess Welcome Center features a gallery with exhibits from local artists, a nature store, a second story viewing deck and a third story viewing tower.  We even have loaner binoculars that you can use while on the deck!



FREE ADMISSION TO THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:

  • Observation deck and tower provide a panoramic view of the harbor and surrounding area.

  • The upstairs lounge provides an indoor harbor observation area and a place to relax, play games with friends, or read alone.

  • Birding from the deck on the second story of the welcome center provides the best viewing advantage for spotting birds in the harbor and around the meadow.

  • Aquaria with local marine life, natural history artifacts, and our busy songbird feeding station (seasonal).

  • Monthly exhibits in the Trucksess Welcome Center, featuring special art and natural history displays.

  • NJA Nature Store, with the best in nature gifts, field guides, clothing, and children's discovery items.

  • Children's hands-on activities allow them to occupy their time while exploring nature.

  • Children's Garden, full of fun, exploration, and sensory experiences.

  • Wildlife habitat meadows feature a Monarch milkweed and wildflower garden, a songbird grassland meadow, and a new nature trail and bridge crossing a meandering stream.

  • Theme gardens include butterfly, hummingbird, seaside, drought-tolerant, shade, and songbird gardens.

  • Beachcomb the harbor during low tide and search for shells and other interesting treasures.

  • Picnic tables for an enjoyable lunch overlooking scenic Cape May Harbor.

  • Spectacular sunsets and magical twilight. Watch the changing colors of the sky from the Cape May Harbor waterfront.


PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Most programs require preregistration with payment. You may register by phone at 609.898.8848 with a credit card. We reserve the right to cancel programs, and refunds are available only if we cancel the event. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. Become a member of NJ Audubon and receive discounts in the gift shop and on many programs.

(An asterisk [*] denotes that the program takes place at a location other than the NCCM).


NATURE CENTER GIFT SHOP

Your visit to the Nature Center is not complete without a stop in our gift shop located within the Trucksess Welcome Center.  Our store offers a variety of nature inspired merchandise relevant to our region.  We carry books and apparel for adults and children, educational toys, and gifts.  In addition, the store is stocked with a wide array of birdfeeders and bird seed.  You are welcome to come in and browse.  We’re sure you will find something for everyone in your family.  Members receive a 10% discount on their purchases.



B-EARTH-DAY PARTIES
AT THE NATURE CENTER OF CAPE MAY
Looking for something different for an upcoming birthday celebration?

What about a nature theme? Seashore, birds, reptiles, gardens, and more! Celebrate your child’s next birthday party with us.
An outdoor experience (weather permitting) allows for even more hands-on fun!

Each program includes a one-hour nature program with an NJ Audubon naturalist engaging the children with age-appropriate games and activities and one hour of free time and room use for your cake, ice cream, and gift-giving. Call for our detailed brochure or check us out online at www.njaudubon.org.

The fee of $75 for NJ Audubon members and $100 for nonmembers covers up to ten children. Additional participants are $5 per child.  Additional time can be added to the two-hour program for $50 per half-hour. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your date. Parties must be booked two weeks in advance.

To book a Birthday Party, call 609.898.8848
Check out our Nature Store for a great selection of birthday presents and party favors!