APRIL 17 Old Dune Trail Walk (CANCELLED)
Join us for a walk through the dune trail and maritime forest for a chance to see a diversity of wildlife. Binoculars and cameras are recommended for this trip to capture and see all the different flora and fauna the Hook has to offer.
Where: Building 18, Sandy Hook
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: Free, registration required.

APRIL 24 Arbor Day Tree Walk
Learn how to identify all the different trees and plants on Sandy Hook with staff naturalists. Binoculars and cameras are recommended for this walk to capture and see all the different flora and fauna the Hook has to offer.
Where: Building 18, Sandy Hook
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: Free, registration required.

MAY 8 Spring Migration Bird Walk
It's time for many of our wintering birds to fly back to their summer breeding grounds. Join us for an early morning bird walk throughout the Hook. This walk is great for all birding levels. Binoculars and cameras are recommended for this walk.
Where: Building 18, Sandy Hook
When: 8:30am
Cost: Free, registration required.

May 9 Surf Fishing Clinic
Join Jeff Dement, Tagging Director, for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. He'll cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and "reading" a beach. All skill levels are welcomed. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Children under 18 are welcome with a supervising adult. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided but please bring your lunch.
Where: Building 18, Sandy Hook
When: 8:00am
Cost: $20 Member Family/Individual $40 Non-Member Family/Individual
Space is limited. Please reserve by contacting Jeff at 732-291-0055 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MAY 15 & JUNE 2 Horseshoe Crab Walk
Get up close and personal with a living fossil. Take an evening walk at Plum Island on Sandy Hook to look for spawning horseshoe crabs. Learn about an animal that has survived virtually unchanged for 450 million years. Wear foot gear that can get wet. Registration is required, please call to reserve.
Where: Sandy Hook, Parking Lot B
When: 6:00pm
Cost: Free, registration required.

JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Walk
The longest day of the year. Meet us for a stroll on the Hook to look for different flora and fauna. You can also bring a picnic dinner and sit on our porch before the walk.
Where: Building 18 on Sandy Hook
When: 6:00pm
Cost: Free, registration required.

JUNE 19,22,24 Coastal Naturalist Series
Re-discover New Jersey's coast with professional naturalists. Class meets at Sandy Hook to 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.
Where: Building 18 on Sandy Hook
When: 9:30am
Cost: $99

JUNE 26 Pine Barrens Canoe Trip
Join our staff naturalists for a canoe trip down the tea colored waters of the Wading River where we will explore the world-renowned Pine Barrens. Discovery the biodiversity of the Pine Barrens as your guides point out the native flora and fauna that can only be found in this unique habitat. Pack a lunch and bring extra clothes in a dry bag in case your canoe flips over (which is unlikely). Canoes, kayaks, and life vests provided. Great for ages 5 and up.
Where: 3107 County Road 563 Chatsworth, NJ 08019
When: 9:30am
Cost: Members, $50.00, non-members, $60.00
Reserve your ticket today as space is limited! To pay by check write check out to 'American Littoral Society' and post to 18 Hartshorne Drive, Sandy Hook, NJ 07732. For questions contact: Stevie Thorsen, Education Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us.

JULY 11 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.
Where: Big Brook, 19 Laurelwood Dr. Colts Neck, NJ.
When: 9:30am
Cost: $5 per person, free for member families. Call to reserve.

JULY 23 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.
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: the porch of Building 18.
Cost: Free. Call to reserve.

JULY 25 Annual Fluke Tagging Trip
Bring your friends and family and come sail with us off the coast of New Jersey! Join Jeff Dement, the Society's Fish Tagging Director for a fun and educational day of fishing and become a citizen scientist by helping us tag fish safely and responsibly. Started in 1965, our Fish Tagging program is the world's largest all-volunteer fish tagging program and the data you collect is sent annually to the National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole. MA, to better inform fisheries scientists about the health and status of coastal fish species.
When: 7 AM - 2 PM Tickets: $75.00
Where: Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina, Mi-Jo II Boat, 2 Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Cost: The $75.00 ticket price includes hot coffee, boat, bait, tackle, fish tags and fresh fish for your fridge! Feel free to bring your own bait and tackle. Space is limited. For additional questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (732) 291-0055 x 106.

JULY 30 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.
When: 5:30pm
Where: Big Brook, 19 Laurelwood Dr. Colts Neck, NJ.
Cost: $5 per person, free for member families. Call to reserve.

AUGUST 6 & 20 Sunset Seining 6:00pm
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.
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: the porch of Building 18.
Cost: Free Call to reserve.

AUGUST 22 Shore Birds and Wild Edibles Walk
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!
When: 9:00 am
Where: Parking Lot M.
Cost: $5 per person, free for members. Call to reserve.

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

Tue Apr 21 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Ocean Frontiers II Movie Screening
Wed Apr 22 @12:00AM
Earth Day
Fri Apr 24 @ 2:00PM -
Arbor Day Tree Walk
Sun Apr 26 @11:00AM - 02:00PM
Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup
Sat May 02 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
NYC Audubon Spring Migration Workshop
Fri May 08 @ 8:30AM -
Spring Migration Bird Walk
Sat May 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Sandy Hook Surf Fishing Clinic
Fri May 15 @ 6:00PM -
Horseshoe Crab Walk
Sat May 23 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Walk
Sat May 30 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM
Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruise