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SANDY HOOK – Sandy Hook /Highlands History: Originally discovered by the famous Sea Captain Henry Hudson in the early 1600’s, Sandy Hook was a beautiful, 1,665 – acre barrier peninsula within view of the Manhattan skyline.

Now, this picturesque 2,044 acre barrier beach peninsula located on the northern tip of the New Jersey shore offers a variety of environmental, historical, and recreational resources.  Featuring seven miles of ocean beaches and sand dunes, salt and freshwater marshes, hiking and biking trails and 264 acres of maritime forest, Sandy Hook is rich in ecological diversity. Historic sites include the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the United States. Birding, hiking, wind surfing, fishing and exploring the park’s natural and cultural resources are available year round.

April 1 – October 31: The park is open from 5 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily, except by permit or as noted below. Through the summer of 2015, there is a $15 charge per day for beach parking from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Parking at Fort Hancock is always free.
November 1 – March 31: The park is open from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, except by permit. All navigable marine waters within the park boundary are open 24 hours.
Visitor centers and contact stations – open every day EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keepers Quarters / Visitor Center
Lighthouse Tours: Offered first come, first served, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children must be at least 48 inches tall to climb the tower. A video in the adjacent barn is always open.
Lighthouse Keepers Quarters/ Visitor Center: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Rangers are available to answer questions, discuss the natural and cultural resources of the park and sell Senior/Access passes. Interpretive exhibits and a gift shop are available. The visitor center phone number is 732- 872-5970.
Group Tours of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse: Reservations must be made prior to the group’s visit to the lighthouse. Reservations must be made three weeks in advance of the requested tour date. Maximum group size is 35 participants. Email us to make a reservation. Go to: http://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/sandy-hook-hours.htm
Can I bring my pet to Sandy Hook? – Pets and their owners may visit bayside beaches throughout the year. Pets can visit oceanside beaches from Labor Day through mid-March only. Pets are not permitted on oceanside beaches during the spring and summer because that is when the threatened piping plover builds nests in those locations. Pets must always be on a leash

BEACH INFO:
Fees & Passes: Entrance fees? No. Parking fees? Yes, in the summer. There are no entrance fees for Gateway National Recreation Area. But fees ARE charged for expanded amenities. That includes beach parking to access beach centers. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, an expanded amenity fee for beach parking is charged per vehicle Collection hours vary; Fees posted here are for 2015; they will change in 2016.

For most vehicles, beach parking is $15 per day or $75 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $30 per day or $150 per season. Hours of collection are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Does Gateway offer any Discounts or Free Beach Parking? – Yes. Access Pass (Golden Access) and Senior Pass (Golden Age Passport) holders receive a 50% discount. Please note that the America the Beautiful Pass holders do NOT receive a discount on expanded amenities fees such as beach parking.

As of May 19, 2012, Active Military Members who own an America the Beautiful Annual Pass will receive free beach parking at Gateway where parking fees are charged. Active duty military photo identification will be required at all times to verify ownership of the Annual Pass. Vehicle Hang Tag is to be displayed at all times. (Hang tag is issued with annual pass.)

CAMPING RATES AND DETAILS:
Effective immediately, rates are as follows for all NEW reservations: $30.00 a night; $210.00 a week; $15.00 a night with the Senior or Access Pass; $105.00 a week with the Senior or Access Pass.

Length of Stay: No day use, you must camp overnight. 14 nights is the maximum number of nights permitted. Size limits: Up to six people may camp at a single site. Larger families and groups will need to reserve multiple camp sites. Sites are large enough for one large tent or two small tents.

What to bring: Your own tents and sleeping bags. A pad underneath your sleeping bag may cushion you better for a better night’s sleep. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent as well.

What NOT to bring: Alcohol, pets, and charcoal grills are NOT allowed at tent camping sites. Glass containers are not allowed anywhere in the park.

Recreational Vehicles (RVs) at Floyd Bennett Field only: There are presently nine RV camp sites with another 11 planned for the near future. Water, sewer and electrical hookups are NOT available. Tents are not permitted in RV sites. Neither Fort Wadsworth nor Sandy Hook can accommodate RVs.

Showers: Showers are not available at Sandy Hook. At Fort Wadsworth, a cold-water shower is available to campers during the camping season.

Locations to obtain passes at Gateway: Visitors may obtain Access or Senior Passes at: You must instead visit one of national parks charging entrance fees or visit the USGS store online.
Please note: the America the Beautiful annual interagency pass is sold only at parks with entrance fees; Gateway does not charge an entrance fee, so this pass is NOT sold at any unit of Gateway. You must instead visit one of national parks charging entrance fees or visit the USGS store online.
Passes are available at: Sandy Hook Unit: Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, 732-872-5970. (Entrance station summers only.) and  Staten Island Unit: Great Kills Visitor Contact Station (Wednesday – Sunday), 718-987-6790; Miller Field Visitor Contact Station (Wednesday – Sunday), 718-351-6992.

How do I obtain an Interagency Pass?: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS SERIES: As of January 1, 2007 the old Golden Eagle and Golden Access Passes were replaced with a new series of interagency passes called the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. All Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes. The America the Beautiful Pass Series includes the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Volunteer Pass and the free annual pass for active military and their dependent families, introduced in 2012. Please visit the USGS Store website for more information or to purchase online.

Swimming – Sandy Hook has lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend to Labor day at oceanside beaches. The guarded beaches are South Beach Areas C, D, E, Gunnison and North Beach. The southern portion of Gunnison Beach is clothing optional. For your safety, please only swim at guarded beaches and follow lifeguard instructions. Swimming and alcohol don’t mix. To protect nesting shorebirds, pets are banned from ocean beaches from March 15 through Labor Day. Areas along the beach may be closed to park visitors as well. Open fires and metal detectors are prohibited. Rip currents are powerful currents of water flowing away from shore. Before you go to the beach, learn what you need to do to Break the Grip of the Rip!®

Multi Use Trails – The Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) is a five mile paved trail that starts at the park entrance and ends in Fort Hancock at the ferry dock in front of the Chapel. It is shared by hikers, bicyclists, and in-line skaters. Hikers can also enjoy the Old Dune Trail that begins at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center and South Beach Dune Trail that winds to the north end of the trail and continues to Atlantic Drive. Refer to the park map for more information.

Fishing – Fishing is permitted at all beaches except when lifeguards are on duty. An annual pass for nighttime fishing can be purchased at the Ranger Station or Visitor Center. Surf fishing is permitted at all beaches, except: at oceanside beaches when lifeguards are on duty, and;when sections of the beach are closed to protect nesting shore birds (typically March to September).When areas of the beach are closed due to safety concerns. Salt water fishing in New Jersey requires a permit from the state of New Jersey. Registration is free. The New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program is part of an improved data program to help protect long-term sustainability of recreational fishing. Annual passes for nighttime fishing can be purchased from the park. Unless otherwise stated below, payment is permitted by cash, credit, check or money order. Your Social Security number is required on all checks. Due to changes in staffing over the seasons, the times and places to buy annual fishing passes vary as well. For more information, please e-mail us. Fish Smart, Eat Smart is a guide for eating fish caught in New Jersey coastal waters from the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife. Please read this before eating what you catch.

Boating – Non-motorized car top boats can be launched from Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Landing on beach with a motorized boat is prohibited.

Windsurfing and Kite-boarding – Windsurfing and kite-boarding is best on the bay across from Beach Area C. For safety, please only swim at guarded beaches and wear life jackets when in boats.
Birding – Sandy Hook is a prime spot for birding. Good viewing locations include Plum Island, the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk, the Horseshoe Cove Salt marsh, North Pond or the fields at Fort Hancock. The NJ Audubon Society’s Sandy Hook Bird Observatory has the latest birding information. They are located on Officers’ Row in Building 20.

Camping: Overnight tent camping is available at Sandy Hook. Reservations are available at www.recreation.gov under “Camp Gateway.”

Picnics: The North Beach Observation Deck has tables and a view of New York Harbor. Guardian Park has picnic tables, shelters and grills. Grilling is only permitted at Guardian Park in Fort Hancock.

Food Trucks: Sandy Hook is embarking on a new path with mobile food trucks this summer. Throughout this year’s beach season different mobile food vendors will be offering an array of food to visitors. Vendors will be located in various parking lots throughout the beach during the summer season.

The Gateway Museum Collection:  The Gateway National Recreation Area museum collection contains a great variety of objects ranging from artillery shells to sea shells.  Aircraft to insects, this collection contains something of interest to everyone. The museum holdings relate to the history of the park and include significant archival and historical collections related to the military, aviation and recreational stories and sites throughout the park. These holdings also include an archeological and a natural history collection. Archival holdings include photographs, architectural drawings, manuals, maps, menus, newspapers and more. The history objects in the collection include a wide variety of items such as uniforms, insignia, cups, plaques and jewelry. Through the generosity of the Sandy Hook Foundation, the National Park Service has been able to purchase items and add them to the museum collection. Inquires about the Sandy Hook portion of the Gateway NRA Museum Collection can be made by calling 732-872-5953 or emailing mary_rasa@nps.gov.

Hangar B Closure: Due to ongoing issues with the roof, Hangar B will be closed to the public, and all public programs in the hangar are cancelled, until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sandy Hook Observation Deck Closure: The Sandy Hook Observation Deck is closed for safety repairs.

Gateway Photo Contest Edition: I found my park! –  Please go to www.nps.gov/gate to get the full contest rules. Tell your story by entering the contest. Contest submissions are during month of July. This summer guide has one of the richest and most varied selection of activities we have offered, A special focus this season is on introductory programs specifically designed for newbies.

History House: The History House at Sandy Hook remains closed due to construction.

Spermaceti Life Saving Station: The Spermecati Life Saving Station is currently closed. You can find the Sandy Hook Visitor Center at the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, located beside the Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Battery Potter: Open Saturdays and Sundays, 6/20- 8/30; 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Explore and tour Sandy Hook’s oldest disappearing gun battery, and the first concrete disappearing gun battery ever built in America, completed in 1895.

Mortar Battery: Saturdays and Sundays, 6/20- 8/30; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The 1894 Sandy Hook Mortar Battery was Among the first Endicott era (1890 – 1910) concrete gun batteries built on Sandy Hook, as part of New York Harbor defense against enemy attack from the sea.

Nike Missile Radar Site: Horseshoe Cove, Parking Lot L; 12 Noon – 4 p.m. 6/18, 6/26, 7/9, 7/17, 7/30, 8/7, 8/20, 8/28; Guided tours of the Integrated Fire Control (IFC) will allow you to see the inner workings of the facility where the supersonic nuclear armed Nike Hercules missiles were controlled and guided using Cold War era computers and radars. While taking a guided tour of this one-time TOP SECRET missile site, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the veterans who actually worked on the Cold War Era  Nike Air Defense System. FREE.

ONGOING EVENTS:

Canoe Program: Mondays – Fridays – June 13 – August 31; from 9:15 a.m. – 12 Noon; U.S. Life-Saving Station Parking Lot (across from Spermaceti Cove)Take a two-mile morning paddle to explore Sandy Hook bay from an ideal vantage point—the water itself. Angers guide you on a two and a half hour tour of the bayside waters and Skeleton Hill Island. Free, call 732-872-5970 to reserve.

Junior Jr. Ranger: June 22 – August 31; 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Children 3 to 6 years old.

Junior Ranger: June 23-August 25; 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. For kids ages 7 to 12 years old.

Thursdays & Fridays Canoe Cruise: U.S. Life-Saving Station Parking Lot (between Lot D and Lot E) June 16 – August 25; June 17 – August 26;  9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Take a two-mile morning paddle to explore Sandy Hook bay from an ideal vantage point—the water itself. Rangers guide you on a two and a half hour tour of the bayside waters and Skeleton Hill Island. Use www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to reserve.

Birding on the Bay: Spermaceti Cove Boardwalk (Sandy Hook Bay – between Lot D and Lot E)
June 17 – August 26; 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Visit a ranger at the end of the boardwalk and learn about the birds on the bay. A scope will be set up to view osprey, egrets, and songbirds.

Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 20 – August 26  Bayshore Waterfront Park. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. It will be a fun time for everyone as we find out what lives near the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. The program will not run during inclement weather. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult. FREE!

Crustacean of the Day: Beach Area E; – Tuesdays & Wednesdays June 21- August 30;June 22 – August 31; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Park rangers reveal fun facts and provide a hands-on crustacean pool to share with beachgoers of all ages. Drop in at Beach Area E to observe and handle creatures native to Sandy Hook Bay.

SPECIAL PARK & COOPERATOR PROGRAMS:

Ruffle Bar Excursion: 6/8. from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Floyd Bennett Field, Seaplane Ramp. Paddle around this large island in Jamaica Bay on this trip. Learn about the history of the island and the plants and animals that thrive here. FREE.

Stars of Sandy Hook: Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach Plaza; 6/11 from  8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. FREE. Bring binoculars and/or telescope if you have them.  Shared optics will be provided.
Keeping a Nature Journal-Expanding Your Connection Outside: 6/12 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. FREE. Looking for a better way to connect with nature? Keeping a nature journal is a great way to do so! Learn how to sharpen your observation skills and other tips for getting in tune with your natural surroundings. Please bring  your own notebook.

The Big Three: Battery Potter, Battery Granger and Mortar Battery: Sandy Hook – Battery Potter, Fort Hancock 6/12 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. FREE. Park at Battery Potter to meet with park staff to explore Potter, then walk to Battery Granger and lastly the Mortar Battery.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight and insect repellent.

Horseshoe Crab Twilight Walk: 6/17 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sandy Hook – New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Bldg. 22 Fort Hancock It’s the peak time horseshoe crabs arrive here for the breeding season. This is a Fee-based program. Advance registration required. Call  the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 732-872-1300 ext. 20.

Calling All Volunteers: 6/18 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Looking for something to do this summer? Need to get the kids out of the house for a few hours?  Want to lend a helping hand to your local National Park? come out to this informational session about all of the unique and exciting volunteer opportunities available at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Call 718-318-4340 for more information. FREE.

Full Moon Hike: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Experience the park after dark and learn more about the nocturnal residents at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. An indoor presentation will be followed by an evening hike. Overcast skies cancels. FREE. For more info call 718-318-4340

Get Your Head in the Clouds: 6/19 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Clouds are everywhere we go!  They bring us different types of weather, have inspired art and folklore and even help us stay climate change. Join us for weather related experiments and sharpen your meteorological skills with a weather walk around the refuge. FREE.

Summer Solstice Walk on Sandy Hook: 6/20 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Sandy Hook – Bldg. 18 Fort Hancock. American Littoral Society naturalists will identify coastal flora and fauna, as well as the history of Sandy Hook.  A special tour inside a gun battery may be included.  Call 732-291-0055 to reserve. ♥ 2 miles FREE.

Campfire on the Beach: 6/24/, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19 Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach. Participants are encouraged to bring beach blankets or chairs, snacks, bug spray, marshmallows, family and friends! FREE

Fort Hancock Bike Tour: Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot Fort Hancock. 6/26 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Bring a helmet and call 732-873-5970 to make reservations.  ♥ 3 miles FREE.

Marine Science Day Camp: 6/27, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22  from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sandy Hook – NJ Sea Grant Consortium Bldg. 22 Fort Hancock. The five weekday camp is held at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Building 22 and led by experienced NJSGC science educators for boys and girls grades 3 through 9.  For details including registration information visit www.njseagrant.org/education/marine-science-day-camp or call 732-972-1300 Ext.19. Fee.

Individual Sailing Instruction: Every Thursday Weekly from 6/30 to 8/25 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Gateway Marina, Brooklyn. Each class consists of three consecutive sessions where participants learn the basic skills of sailing.  Reservations are required; call (718)338-3799. Bus: Q35. FREE.

Birding for Beginners: Every Saturday and Sunday from 6/4/16 to 9/3/16 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Join us for an introduction to this fun hobby. Learn the basics of birding. Bring binoculars and a field guide or borrow them from wildlife refuge! A fun activity for all ages. FREE.

Campfire on the Beach: 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19 Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach. Participants are encouraged to bring beach blankets or chairs, snacks, bug spray, marshmallows, family and friends! FREE.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour: 7/9 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot Fort Hancock. Bring a bike helmet to wear.  Call 732-872-5970 for reservations.  ♥ 3 miles FREE.

Sunset Seining – American Littoral Society: 7/11, 8/10, 8/24, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Sandy Hook – Bldg. 18 Fort Hancock. 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 pull a 40 foot seine net through the bay, and learn about the fish and other critters caught in the net.  Wear comfortable clothing and water shoes.  Contact 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve.
$5 pp.; free for members.

Stars of Sandy Hook: Sandy Hook – Parking Lot E 7/16 from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Bring a telescope and/or binoculars if you have them and bug repellent.  Shared optics will be provided. FREE.

Battery Gunnison/New Peck Preserved: Sandy Hook – Lot G Beach Plaza, Every day from 7/20 – 7/23; 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to stop by to chat and learn more about restoration of the battery and the time period of July 1943 at Fort Hancock during this 4-day restoration and work period. FREE.

Night Hike – Full Buck Moon: Sandy Hook – Parking Lot B; 7/20 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. At this time of year is when bucks begin to grow new antlers.  This night hike features night seining which is always an interesting adventure.  Bring a flashlight, bug repellent and wear shoes you can get wet. Reservations required, call 732-872-5970.  ♥ 7/20-1 mile 8/18-1.5 mile. FREE.

Monmouth County Audubon Society Bird Walk: Sandy Hook – Lot M (end of K Lot) Fort Hancock. 7/21 & 8/18 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, and wear comfortable shoes.  ♥1 mile. FREE.

Going Bunkers: Battery Mills: Sandy Hook – Spermaceti Cove U.S. Life-Saving Station Lot (between Lot D & E) 7/24 & 8/14 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Explore and tour one of two of Fort Hancock’s long range and well-hidden gun batteries that went into use shortly after WWI through WWII.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight and insect repellent. FREE.

32nd Annual NPS All-Women Lifeguard Tournament: Sandy Hook – Parking Lot E Beach 7/27 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. They will be representing beach patrols from the East Coast and elsewhere.  These women are outstanding role models.  Seeing them in action will hopefully encourage other women to consider surf-lifeguard work in the future. FREE.

Holly Forest Night Prowl: Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach Plaza; 7/29 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Family fun for everyone! ♥ 1 mile.  FREE.

Birding for Beginners: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Every Saturday and Sunday from 6/4-9/3 from 11 a.m – 12 p.m. Join us for an introduction to this fun hobby. Learn the basics of birding. Bring binoculars and a field guide or borrow them from wildlife refuge! A fun activity for all ages. FREE.

National Lighthouse Day: Sandy Hook; 8/7; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday and climb the lighthouse with Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keeper Samuel P. Jewell.  Learn what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper during the 18th century.  Any children climbing must be at least 48 inches to go up the tower. FREE.

Coastal Explorers: Sandy Hook – American Littoral Society Headquarters Bldg. 18 Fort Hancock From 8/8 to 8/12; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the Littoral Society for a week of educational fun that includes seining, marine life identification, fishing, crabbing, birding, shelling, field journaling, plankton discovery, coastal botany, and understanding nature through art.  Contact ALS at 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve. FEE: $250.

Night Hike: Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach Plaza 8/13, 8/25 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. This night hike is the Ranger’s Choice Hike, so the question is:  “Are you feeling adventurous?”  Bring a flashlight, bug repellent and shoes you can get wet.  ♥ 1 mile. Call 732-872-5970 to make reservations. FREE.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour: Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot Fort Hancock 8/20 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bring a helmet. Call 732-872-5970 to reserve. ♥ 3 miles FREE.

Founders Day – 100th Birthday of the National Park Service: Sandy Hook – Visitor Center/Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters; 8/25 from  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Participate in various NPS themed games/activities trivia.  Cake and refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center. FREE.

Shore Birds and Wild Edibles – American Littoral Society: Sandy Hook – Parking Lot M (North K Lot) Fort Hancock  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.  We will have the chance to observe shore birds feeding along the mud flats.  Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes and lots of sunscreen.  $5 pp., free for member families

Founders Day Paddle Fest – Canoe Cruise: Sandy Hook – Life-Saving Station lot between Lot D & E 8/28 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rangers guide you on a two and a half hour tour of the bayside waters and Skeleton Hill Island. Go to www.recreation.gov to make your reservation. Call ALS at 732-291-0055 to reserve. 8/27; 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Fee.

Ranger’s Choice at Frank Charles Park: Frank Charles Memorial Park Every Thursday Weekly 6/2 to 9/1 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Join Park Rangers for a variety of activities, from seining in Jamaica Bay to a nature hike around the park. FREE.

Sandy Hook Foundation End of Summer Party back at the Beach! – Save The Date! Friday  September 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Iron Girl Sandy Hook Women’s Only Triathlon & 5K: Sunday, September 11, 2016; Gateway National Recreation Area – Women’s Only Triathlon; 1/3 mile swim/15 mile bike/3 mile run; Triathlon: 7:00 a.m. Bike-Run Only: 7:30 a.m. Women’s Only 5K Run/Walk Start: TBD. Iron Girl aspires to bring women of all ages together as a community by offering a supportive, energetic and empowering environment for females pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle. Amenities include: a post-race café, professional timing, personalized race bibs, new custom finishers medals specific to the event,  age group awards, performance shirts sized just for women, post-race giveaways and more. Register Now! www.irongirl.com

NY Beach Ferry: Spend a day relaxing on the beach, swimming, sun tanning, bird watching, fishing (check with local laws), or sightseeing in Sandy Hook and Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Ferries will depart from Pier 11,  www.newyorkbeachferry.com.

SeaStreak Ferry:  SeaStreak America, Inc. is a leader in revitalizing fast high-speed catamaran services in the New York metropolitan area. Visit their website at www.seastreak.com.
Big Mohawk Party Boat – The Big Mohawk NJ Party Boat, located in the Jersey Shore town of Belmar, Services also provided are Private Charters and Burials at Sea. www.njpartyboat.com

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