There are many ways that you can contribute time and talent to our work of caring for the coast. You can participate in surveys and inventories, work on restoration projects, volunteer in our education programs, write letters to lawmakers and the press about issues, contribute to our publications, help with communications (FaceBook, Twitter, website, etc.)

If you are a college student, we can arrange for internships during the school year in a variety of areas. If  you are a high school student, you can fulfill community service requirements, build your college resume, and help the environment.

If you’d like to volunteer for the coast, add you name to our volunteer email list and send us an email telling us a little bit about what you are interested in doing. Be sure to tell us when you are available (weekdays, evenings, weekends, summers), where you live, and any special skills you might have.

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Project PORTS

We need your help restoring Delaware Bay oyster populations!

Project P.O.R.T.S. - Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools - is an education and community-based oyster restoration program that helps revitalize Delaware Bay oyster populations and the important fish habitat their reefs provide. The oyster is a keystone species in the bay and improves water quality, provides food, and creates habitat for countless organisms.

Students throughout South Jersey make shell-filled mesh bags as part of Project PORTS. The shell bags serve as a settlement surface for young oysters (spat) when the bay's oyster population spawns in the summer. Later in the season, we transplant the spat-on-shell to a restoration site in the bay.

A few times per year we need your help deploying the shell bags into the bay!

Upcoming Dates:

6/19/2013 - Port Norris

6/22/2013 - Green Creek

Dates are list on our calendar as “Volunteer Workdays - PORTS”. For more information contact Shane Godshall at 856-825-2174 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

NOTE: Be prepared to get wet and muddy; all work requires closed-toed shoes, walking in water and lifting bags that weigh approximately 15 lbs. Participating children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a responsible adult.

Thank you for your interest in helping to restore oysters and the critical habitat they provide in Delaware Bay! 

Project PORTS is funded by: 

  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation 
  • NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership 
  • The National Partnership between NOAA's Community-based Restoration Program and Restore America's Estuaries 
  • DuPont Clear into the Future 
  • Conservation Resources Inc.
  • and the membership of the American Littoral Society

Each summer, we hire one or two college interns to work in our Education and Outreach program on Sandy Hook. We generally announce this in January on our web site and at various schools in the region.

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Upcoming Events (Red=NJ; Blue=NY; Green=FL)

Fri Apr 25 @ 2:00PM -
Earth Day Arbor Day Trees of Sandy Hook Walk
Sat Apr 26 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Beach Cleanup w/ Rotary Club
Sat Apr 26 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Adopt a Swamp pink training
Sat Apr 26 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
Earth Day in Jamaica Bay!
Thu May 01 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
NJ Native Plant Society, Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Sat May 10 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Maurice River Walking Trail Spring Botany Walk
Sat May 10 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Sterling Forest Warblers Day Trip with NYC Audubon
Sat May 10 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Ship to Shore with Sustainable Seafood Week NYC
Sun May 11 @10:30AM - 12:30PM
Springtime Hike at Breezy Point
Wed May 14 @ 6:00PM -
Horseshoe Crab Walk