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New Jersey Plant and Wildlife Habitat Guide

Popular New Jersey plant and wildlife habitat refuges,sanctuaries, observatories and education centers.

Planr and WildlifeNJ is a relatively small state with a diverse environment of beach, coastal, river and wetland ecosystems and with it's vast network interconnected bays, rivers, estuaries and wetlands, this natural treasure is ideal for conservationists to preserve and for wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy.


Photo courtesy: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge




Northern NJ Plant and Wildlife Habitat Resources


Great Swamp National
Wildlife Refuge

Great Swamp National Refuge

241 Pleasant Plains Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(973) 425-1222

Their mission is to conserve its natural resources for the America public while protecting threatened and endangered species for future generations. The refuge consists of 7,768 acres of varied habitats, and the refuge has become an important resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants can be found on the refuge.
There are a wide variety of visitor activities available at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, environmental education and hunting.


Meadowlands Environment Center

Meadowlands Environment Center

Richard W. DeKorte Park
One DeKorte Park Plaza
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
The Environment Center is geared toward educating students and the public about the Meadowlands ecosystem and how to protect it for future generations. The offer public programs for all ages as well as for older adults. disabilities

The environmentally themed programs are geared to help people better understand the issues that impact the Meadowlands District's unique urban ecosystem, specific types of wildlife and the greater environment. Live animal demonstrations and presentations on the Meadowlands' history and wetlands underscore the importance of environmental conservation to the public and instill an appreciation of nature in children at a young age. 


New Jersey
Audubon Society

Nj Audubon Society

9 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
(908) 204-8998
New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats. They support eight wild life and bird sanctuaries through the state.



Pequest Trout Hatchery Education Center

Pequest Trout Hatchery

605 Pequest Rd.
Oxford, NJ 07863
The center offers visitors a look at how more than 600,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout are raised each year for stocking the public waters of New Jersey. Visitors can explore the Exhibit Hall to learn about the hatchery and New Jersey's wildlife. Children will find the interactive displays fun as well as educational. A self-guided tour allows visitors to see where the trout are actually raised. The exhibit hall contains live fish as well as a display of mounted New Jersey wildlife specimens. The entire facility is barrier-free.

Teaneck Creek Conservatory

Teaneck Creek Conservatory

20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 836-2403
Their mission is dedicated to the reclamation and protection of the environmental, cultural, and historical legacy of the Teaneck Creek watershed They have 1.3 miles of groomed trails, an Outdoor Classroom, and ecological art exhibits



Central NJ Plant and Wildlife Habitat Resources


Johnson Education

Johnson Education Center

One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
serves as a venue for lectures, panel discussions and professional workshops designed to raise awareness about the importance of protecting land and our environment, and the local, regional and even global benefits of doing so



Triple C Ranch &
Nature Center


206 Tyler Road
The 40-acre Triple C Ranch & Nature Center is located in the heart of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, approximately 1,250 acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands, upland forest and meadows. The Nature Center supports environmental education with an emphasis on learning through enjoyment ensuring environmental values, ecology, and conservation.


Southern NJ Plant and Wildlife Habitat Resources

Cape May Bird Observatory

Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 East Lake Drive
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Their mission is to understand and instill appreciation of the needs of resident and migrating birds so that human ambitions do not undermine them. With two locations in Cape May County, they offer Spring & Fall weekend events, walks, boat trips, and birding workshops for bird enthusiasts


Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

24 Kimbles Beach Road
Cape May Court House, NJ
The refuge is currently at 11,000 acres and is made up of three units; the Delaware Bay Division, the Great Cedar Swamp Division, and the Two Mile Beach Unit, and there are plans to expand the Refuge to 21,200 acre. Cape May Peninsula's geography is ideally suited to act as a funnel for songbirds, raptors and woodcock as they make their way south to Cape May Point during their fall migration. With the Delaware Bay to cross, and 12 miles of water to fly over, the migrating birds rest and feed at the Refuge until the winds change to allow them to cross the Bay

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Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Marine Mammal Stranding Center

3625 Brigantine Blvd.
Brigantine, NJ

Located on the barrier island of Brigantine, bordering on coastal New Jersey’s largest wildlife refuge, their mission is dedicated to responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey’s waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild. The stranding center is open year round to visitors. During the summer they offer a summer camp, tours, beach walks, and talks..


Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

3rd Ave & 114th Street
Stone Harbor, NJ
A 21.5 acre Sanctuary with hundreds of species of Colonial wading birds and song birds on view. Four trails into the sanctuary allow visitors to explore an old growth maritime forest, walk over an ancient dune system, see birds nesting and feeding, toads signing, crabs and small fish plying the salt water tributaries.


Palmyra Cove Nature Park

Palmyra Cove Nature Park

1300 Route 73N
Palmyra, NJ
Their mission is to preserve natural habitat and provide environmental education and passive recreational opportunities for all to visit. The Park is an ideal place for environmental education. The Environmental Discovery Center houses interactive displays that offer opportunities to learn about the wide array of plants, birds, and other wildlife to be found in the Park. Also, the EDC has displays and information on the historical importance of Palmyra Cove and the neighboring Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Environmental Education Programs are available to any grade level and work in conjunction with the school's curriculum to design lessons that correspond to specific sites in the Park.




Popcorn Park Refuge

Popcorn Park RefugeOne Humane Way at Lacey Rd
Forked River,  NJ
(609) 693-1900 
Their mission is to provide a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned , abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat.  This has recently been expanded to include exotic and domestic animals Both both classes and tours are offered by by appointment for many groups, be it school children, service organizations or others


Rancocas Nature Center

Rancocas Nature Center794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
(609) 261-2495
Located on a 210 acre piece of the Rancocas State Park, and features 3 miles of hiking trails through varied habitats including meadows, forest, and wetlands. The Nature Center has been has been providing environmental education for the surrounding community during that time, presenting programs both on and off-site for groups including schools, scouts, libraries, senior citizens, as well as the general public.

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