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Special Events


Free Summer Family Programs
Thursdays starting July 12 until August 23
10am - 11 am
Call (732) 928-2360 to register
Limited group sizes

July 12
Be Dr. Dolittle
Discover habitats and animals around the FREC

July 19
River Critters
Wade in a shallow stream and discover tiny creatures

July 26
Give a Hoot
Learn more about owls found in our forests

August 2
Sensory Awareness Trail hike
Use your senses instead of your eyes to discover the wonders of the forest

August 9
Swamp Life Hike
Do you know what lives in the swamp? Learn about the fascinating plants and animals that call this place home.

August 16
Sounds from the Forest
Discover musical instruments made from the forest

August 23
Be a Wildlife Detective
Search for signs of animals existence around the FREC


Butterflies & Hummingbirds: Extraordinary Pollinators

Join us for a FREE lecture on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Forest Resource Education Center, 495 Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527. 

Pollinators are integral to our ecosystem, from the food we eat and the beautiful flowers that we grow.  In fact, the are key to the production of nearly 75 percent of crops and almost 80 percent of all flowering plants.

The FREC and the Ocean County Master Gardeners will offer a free lecture program to discuss how to increase the survival opportunities for pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.  Creating pollinator habitat includes choosing native flowers and host plants for insects.

Join us to discuss ways to make your garden a haven for these beautiful and useful creatures.

Registration is required.  To register or for more information: or (732) 928-2360.





The 24th Annual
Fall Forestry Festival
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
10am - 3pm



Backyard Forestry in 90 Minutes

Free Adult programs every second thursday of the month. to register visit




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