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Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center – Ocean County, New Jersey – Parks & Playgrounds
3 Reasons my Family Loves Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center
- The 6,500 sq ft nature center offers hands on exhibits, a reptile and small animal area, observation area, and educational information about the pine barrens. There is a great deal of information for the adults to read, however the classroom area for the kids and all the hands on activities make this place a real treat. It would be a great place to go on a rainy or excessively hot day. The nature center is air conditioned in the summer, which is a huge plus on these 90 degree days we have had.
- The park is situated on over 400 acres, with a few nature trails. I spent two hours walking the trails and looking for wildlife that is typical to this area. It would be a great place for a nature scavenger hunt. After you are down with your hike, there is a large picnic area to grab a bite to eat before heading to the playground to get rid of that last little bit of energy
- They have various drop in programs throughout the year that require no registration that are geared toward families including, scavenger hunts, learning about gardening and even astronomy nights.
What Jakes Branch County Park offers
- Nature Center
- 6500 Sq Ft learning center
- Hands on activities include
- Leaf Rubbing
- Story area
- Dry erase board games
- Sand table to make animal tracks
- Insect Inspector
- Birdwatching area
- Diorama of animals in their natural habitat
- Fires safety room
- Educational Displays that will keep visitors of all ages reading to learn more
- Observation Deck with 360 degree views of the entire park (access to the deck is available via stairs or an elevator)
- Over 4 miles of nature trails for walking and hiking
- 2 playgrounds
- ages 1-4
- ages 4 & Up
- Climbing equipment
- Open play Field
- Picnic Grove
- Sports Fields
The Jakes Branch County Park is located at 1100 Double Trouble Road in Beachwood in Ocean County. The park is open daily from dusk til dawn. The nature center hours vary, call 732-281-2750 to check hours before heading out
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