Harvest the Bay Festival at Island Beach State Park today

     Sedge Island off Island Beach State Park. (Photo: Jennifer Husar)

    Sedge Island off Island Beach State Park. (Photo: Jennifer Husar)

    The Harvest the Bay Festival returns to Island Beach State Park today. 

    In its third year, the festival “celebrates the ecology and its connection to the economic resources of the Barnegat Bay through fun, interactive activities for the whole family,” according to a Department of Environmental Protection release.

    “We are very eager to host Harvest the Bay again this year, especially after seeing how popular the event has become with our summer visitors,” said State Park Service Director Mark Texel. “This is a great chance for kids and families to participate in interactive events, while also learning about the importance of Barnegat Bay to our environment, and to our local communities.”

    Visitors will enjoy free clamming and seining tours led by park naturalists, who will also explain the role clams, crabs, and fish depend on a healthy the Barnegat Bay.

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    Naturalists will also teach proper techniques for harvesting the resources, and guests will enjoy locally caught seafood. 

    The festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ocean Bathing Area 1 pavilion. Free with park admission. 

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