Marshi Gras and More

by Press Release-Wetlands Institute | May 1, 2005
Marshi Gras and More Welcome the summer season with the Wetlands Institute’s first ever Marshi Gras, a day-long festival May 21 to celebrate life in the salt marsh, that’s way more fun than the traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras.

The day begins at 11am at the Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor and will include live music, a kids fair, live animals, food, fun, new exhibits and so much more. For members admission is $8 for adults; $4 for ages 12 and under; for nonmembers, it’s $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under.

Bands will include Asbestos, Mountain, Svitanya and Ty Smith. Check out the live animals, nature tours and kiddy carnival with games, raffles and crafts. Try your hand at kayaking with demonstrations by T.I. Kayaks and the chance to try out different styles and equipment.

When the lament from the kids is “I’m bored,” the response is easy. Check out the great programs, including summer nature classes from June to August at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor.

For kindergartners to 6th graders, the classes offer a fun, hands-on way to learn about natural surroundings at the Jersey Shore. Through discovery, science, games, trips and more, the classes explore a new theme each week, promoting a desire to preserve the earth’s abundant diversity of live. The one-week sessions begin June 20 delve into great topics that range from turtles to crabs, osprey to mammals and even spectacular sharks.

For kindergarten youngsters, classes are Monday to Friday, 9:30am to noon; for grades one to six, classes are Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2pm. Wednesday the kindergarteners meet at the beach. Older kids meet on the beach Tuesday and Thursday is field trip day.

All classes are offered for the grade level students will complete in June 2005. Tuition is $75 for members ($90 for nonmembers) per week for the kindergarten program and $135 for members ($150 nonmembers) weekly plus field trip costs for grades one to six. Adjustments are made for the week of July 4th when classes are only four days.

For pre-teens, there’s the Junior Naturalist Experience for 7th, 8th and 9th graders that focuses on the coastal environment, ecosystems, endangered species, the world of research and more during five one-week sessions Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm beginning July 11. Cost is $175 for members ($200 for nonmembers) and scholarship help is available. This year’s Junior Naturalist program is sponsored by a generous donation from the James and Barbara Summers Family Foundation that also helps fund scholarship possibilities. Call Sarah Toman at 609-368-1211 for information.

For details about Marshi Gras, classes and special events call the Wetlands Institute at (609) 368-1211 or stop by at 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Or, check out the programs online at

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