Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731

Free Weekend Activities

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.

The Environmental Center is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Environmental Center is open on Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.

Paper Snowflakes  
Saturday & Sunday, December 20 & 21 (self-directed)    
Help us make a blizzard by creating a snowflake to add to our storm.

Stars of the Winter Sky   
Saturday & Sunday, December 27 & 28 (self-directed)  
Grab a winter sky chart and see which constellation you can find from your backyard.  

Wildlife in Winter   
Saturday & Sunday, January 3 & 4 (self-directed)  
Discover how animals handle with winter's cold.  

Penguin Pals Craft   
Saturday & Sunday, January 10 & 11 (self-directed)  
Create a crafty penguin from recycled materials.  

Make a Blizzard   
Saturday & Sunday, January 17 & 18 (self-directed)  
Make a cut-out paper snowflake and add it to our blizzard.

Eagles at the Manasquan Reservoir    
Saturday & Sunday, January 24 & 25 at 12:30 p.m.  
Find out what's going on with the eagles at the site.

Vernal Wetlands    
Saturday & Sunday, January 31 & February 1 at 1 p.m.   
Learn about these special wetlands.  

Map of the Manasquan Reservoir


  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.