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The Wetlands Institute
Stone Harbor NJ



The Wetlands Institute is located in Stone Harbor, NJ. It's filled with live exhibits and static displays of the surrounding Wetlands along the Jersey Shore.



Decks at different levels offer fantastic vistas of the surrounding area.



There's plenty to do for kids of all ages!




Try your skill at "fishing!"



We were fascinated with this intelligent creature!



Who doesn't love a seahorse???




The sprial staircase, accessible from the gift shop (which has hundreds of books and gifts for young and old alike), offers a beautiful vista of the coastal wetlands and beyond.



Diamondback Terrapin Conservation
Since 1989, the Wetlands Institute, in cooperation with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has conducted a diamondback terrapin conservation project. Each summer, college and university students come from all over the United States to assist these creatures that are so desperately in need of our help. International Student Researchers from Asia began joining the program in the year 2000. All of these researchers are joined in their efforts by a small group of dedicated local volunteers.

Coastal development has led to considerable habitat destruction, especially of traditional nesting sites of the Diamondback Terrapin on barrier beach islands. Along the Atlantic coast of New Jersey, the search for alternative nesting sites on highway embankments has resulted in large numbers of roadkills every nesting season.

Adopt a Terrapin!

(photo courtesy of The Wetlands Institute)

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424
Phone: (609) 368-1211

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The Pine Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history, nature, boating and fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be preserved. Keep in mind that the local lawyer or doctor won't look any different than his neighbors. Thousand dollar suits aren't what impresses people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains, and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently. Treat our Pine Barrens as you would would want a visitor to treat your own home town.

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