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Cheesequake State Park Interpretive Center

Cheesequake State Park is located in a transitional area between two ecosystems, providing groups with a diverse setting to learn about the natural environment. 300 Gordon Rd., Matawan, NJ 07747. 732-566-3208. Cost: Fee/Free.... More Info

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Dingmans Falls

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Old Mine Rd. and N. I-80, Millbrook, NJ 07832. Education Coordinator: 570-426-2429. Trails include a waterfall walk that addresses water quality, geology, forest eco-systems, invasive species and the National Park Service mission. Free.

Duke Farms

1112 Dukes Pkwy. W, Hillsborough Twp., NJ 08844. 908-252-7126. Learn about stewardship and sustainability at Duke Farms. Groups will use Eco-Kits containing a field guide, binoculars, and a compass to search for habitats, take ecology hikes, and enjoy scavenger hunts. Fee.

Forest Resource Education Center

95 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527. 732-928-0987. Groups can hike themed nature trails or attend the Forest Products program: see the sawing of logs into lumber, and make maple syrup at the sugar shack. Free/Fee.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

247 Southern Blvd., Chatham, NJ 07928. 973-635-6629. Offers a mixture of marshes, meadows, drywoods and brush-covered swamps supporting a wide variety of plant and animal life. (Also see Maple Sugaring.) Free/Suggested Donation.

Huber Woods Environmental Center

25 Brown’s Dock Rd., Locust, NJ 07760. 732-872-2670. 366 acres of forests and meadows with over 8 miles of trails and an Environmental Center that features hands-on science and Native American activities. Fee/Free.

Meadowlands Environment Center

One DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. 201-460-8300. Focuses on the New Jersey Meadowlands marsh ecosystem. Fee/Free.

Merrill Creek Reservoir

34 Merrill Creek Rd., Washington, NJ 07882. 908-454-1213. Offers naturalist-led environmental education activities on a 650-acre reservoir surrounded by an environmental preserve, woods and fields. Free.

New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium

22 Magruder Rd., Fort Hancock, NJ 07732. 732-872-1300. The study of marine and environmental science. Free.

Poricy Park Nature Center and Murray Farm House

Poricy Park, 345 Oak Hill Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748. 732-842-5966. Offers 250 acres with trails, tours, nature and historical programs, fossil hunts, and picnic areas. Fee/Free.

Warren E. Fox Nature Center

109 State Hwy. 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. 609-645-5960. Offers a display of trees and their leaves, stuffed animals, Native American artifacts and local live animals. Free.

Wharton State Forest Annie M. Carter Nature Center

31 Batsto Rd., Batsto Village, Hammonton, NJ 08037. 609-567-4559. Offers over 110,000 acres of Pinelands ecosystem, nature hikes, slide/video programs, hands-on activities, and live animal displays. Free.