APRIL 25, 2014 Earth Day Arbor Day Trees of Sandy Hook Walk
Join our staff and naturalists for our Arbor Day tree walk. We will explore Sandy Hook’s unique ecosystem as well as the flora, and fauna along the way. Every day here is an adventure, so bring your binoculars and cameras, you never know what exciting things you’ll see out on the Hook! This walk is great for families. Meet at building 18 at 2:00 p.m. Call to reserve and get directions.
Free: donations are encouraged.
APRIL 19, 2014 Surf Fishing Clinic at Sandy Hook
Join Society staff for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. We will cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and “reading” a beach. All skill levels will be accommodated. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Children under 18 years of age are welcome with a supervising adult. Space is limited, so call ahead for reservations and directions. Meet at 8 a.m. at Society headquarters and bring your own lunch.
$20 per Family/Individual Member
$55 per Non-Member Family/Individual
April 22, 2014 Cooking with Marilyn
The American Littoral Society thanks Marilyn Schlossbach for her commitment to the environment and her recognition of our organization on this Earth Day event
Learn about sustainable seafood with acclaimed Jersey Shore restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach at a special Earth Day cooking demonstration. Aptly titled "Sustainable Fish, Fowl, Oysters & Veggies," the class will kick-off at 6 p.m. at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park on Tuesday, April 22, and feature tips and techniques for choosing and preparing the best sustainable ingredients of the Spring season as well as a six-course dinner with paired wines and cocktails. A portion of proceeds from the demonstration will benefit the evening's charity beneficiary, American Littoral Society.
Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For further information or to reserve a
ticket to the cooking demonstration and dinner, please call 732-455-3275. Cost: $65
MAY 13, 17, 20, 2014 Coastal Naturalist Series
Explore the beach, bay, marsh, and maritime forest. Learn to recognize plants and animals found in coastal habitats. Series includes coastal botany, birding for beginners (binoculars provided), and estuarine fish and invertebrate identification. Ideal for nature enthusiasts and educators. Participants will receive a copy of our coastal field guide. Class meets at 18 Hartshorne Drive, Sandy Hook. 3 SESSIONS
Tues, May 13 & 20 5:30-8 pm and Sat, May 17, 8:30-11 am
Call to reserve
MAY 14, 2014 Horseshoe Crab Walk
(Plum Island, Sandy Hook)
Get up close and personal with a living fossil. Take an evening walk along Plum Island to look for spawning horseshoe crabs. Learn about an animal that has survived virtually unchanged for 400 million years. Wear foot gear that can get wet. Great for families. 6:00 p.m. Call to reserve and get directions. Free - Call to reserve
JUNE 20 Pine Barrens Paddle Trip
Join the American Littoral Society guides for a canoe trip down the tea colored waters of the Wading River where we will explore the world renowned Pine Barrens. Discover the diversity of the Pine Barrens as your guides point out the native flora and fauna that can only be found in this unique habitat. We will meet in Chatsworth, NJ at 9:30 am. Cost: $50 per member, $60 per non-member. Call for more information and to reserve.
JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Walk
Celebrate the first day of summer and the longest day of the year with a stroll on the Hook. Society naturalists will discuss the fauna and flora that inhabits the coast as well as Sandy Hook history. A special tour inside a gun battery may be included. Meet at 6:00 pm at Guardian Park. Cost: Free, Call to reserve.
JUNE 28 Fluke Tagging Trip
Join Jeff Dement, the Society's fish tagging director for a day of fishing out of Atlantic Highlands on the Mi-Jo II, from 7am-2pm. Great for experienced taggers and novices. Call for more information, space is limited.
JULY 8, 29 & August 12, 26 Sunset Seining
Discover the diverse wildlife inhabiting our coast. After a short talk on the Society’s front porch, you will head over to Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook bay for a seining adventure. Participants are invited to help pull our 40 foot seine net through the bay, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and other critters caught. Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Meet at 6:00 p.m. on the porch of Building 18. Cost: $5 per person, free for member families. Call to reserve.
JULY 19 Fossil Hunt
Wade through the Big Brook in Middletown and sift for ancient shark’s teeth, squid guards, and fossilized mollusks. Be prepared to get wet and muddy, but the prizes are well worth it. We’ll bring the necessary gear, great for families. Meet at 10:30 at Big Brook. $5 per person, free for member families. Call to reserve.
AUGUST 13 Kids Surf Fishing Clinic
Join Society staff for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. We will cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and “reading” a beach. All skill levels will be accommodated. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided. Kids ages 10 and up can participate and should bring a lunch . 10:00 – 1:30. Cost: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers.
AUGUST 30 Shore Birds and Wild Edibles
Join Littoral Society naturalists for a hike down a sandy path to one of the least visited beaches at Sandy Hook. Along the way we will identify some of the Hook’s edible plants that were an important food source for the early settlers and Native Americans that once inhabited this area. Once we reach the tip of Sandy Hook, we will have the chance to observe shore birds feeding along the mud flats. Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, and lots of sunscreen! Meet at 9:00 am, Parking Lot M. Cost: $5 per person, free for members. Call to reserve.