Founding event partners, New Jersey Natural Gas and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, are pleased to once again present this popular family focused annual event. 

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) – the principal subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, serves over half a million customers in Monmouth, Ocean, Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties. NJNG is dedicated to the success of the communities we proudly serve. By partnering with passionate, like-minded organizations with a focus on economic growth, education, health, safety and the environment, we believe in the power of teamwork to create stronger communities. Our Conserve to Preserve® tools and resources help residents, businesses and municipalities – in other words, all of us – work collectively to make wise energy decisions to help build a sustainable future.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) – an affiliation of colleges, universities, and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of the Garden State’s marine and coastal environment. NJSGC meets its mission through innovative research, education, and extension programs.

Asbury Park Press (APP) – a daily newspaper in Monmouth and Ocean counties which has the third largest circulation in the state, with a history of winning national awards for its public service and investigative reporting.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – an agency that enriches life through science. NOAA’s reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.

National Park Service (Gateway National Recreation Area) – a large, diverse urban park with 27,000 acres spanning Sandy Hook, Jamaica Bay (NY), and Staten Island. It offers green spaces, beaches, wildlife, and outdoor recreation, all alongside historic structures and cultural landscapes. It is the fourth most visited National Park Service unit with more than 9.2 million annual visitors which can be reached by car, ferry, bus or train.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) – a national leader with a balanced approach and commitment guided by science. Celebrating its 53th birthday in 2023, the DEP makes NJ a stronger and fairer state by protecting our environment and public health. With hard work, exceptional knowledge and expertise, the DEP’s men and women have made the agency an unfailing guardian of NJ’s precious natural and historic resources.

New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry (Island Beach State Park, IBSP) – shaped by storm and tides, IBSP is a narrow barrier island stretching 10 miles between the restless Atlantic Ocean and the historic Barnegat Bay. Island Beach is one of NJ’s last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem that once existed along much of the coast and is also one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast. Over 3,000 acres and 10 miles of coastal dunes remain almost untouched since Henry Hudson first described New Jersey’s coast from the ship, the Half Moon, in 1609.