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Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Back this year at TWO Locations!

(Indoor & outdoor event, rain or shine!)

Ticketed Location - RUMFS (see links below to register for a time slot)

Rutgers University Marine Field Station 
800 Great Bay Blvd
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
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Non-Ticketed Location - JC NERR (visit anytime!)

Jacques Cousteau NERR 
130 Great Bay Boulevard                                          Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087                                              Driving Directions


Location Details

Please bring your tickets for your registered time slot at RUMFS. You are welcome to stay as long as you would like, until 3pm. NOTE: All visitors must walk across the ~1/4 mile causeway to the building. Boats are not allowed to dock at the Field Station. 

Tickets are not required to visit the JC NERR. Come anytime you would like between 10am-3pm. 

Event will be happening rain or shine! 



Amy Plantarich 
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve-Rutgers University 

2023 Rutgers University Marine Field Station & Jacques Cousteau Reserve Open House 

Come explore the amazing marine science taking place in your backyard.

For over 50 years, researchers have been sampling and sensing the marine and estuarine environments of Little Egg Harbor and the Great Bay. These data “paint a picture” of a shifting and changing system, illustrating not only the impacts of a dynamic climate, but also the vital role these critical habitats play. Surrounded by salt marsh and poised at the mouth of an active ocean inlet, data collected here is used to inform coastal fisheries, communities and industries about the ways in which our marine environment is adapting. 

Celebrate the work of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) and the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) at our Open House event on Saturday, September 16th, from 10am-3pm! We will be hosting the event at TWO locations this year: RUMFS and the JC NERR!

Meet Rutgers and JC NERR scientists and explore the exciting research in the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary & beyond: with interactive booths, critter touch tank, history & ecology talks, guided Grassle Marsh trail walks, kids activities/games, and more! 

Visitation of the booths at RUMFS will be available by pre-registered time slots. To better accommodate the crowds and to improve your experience, we are asking participants to register for arrival times. (See the left column for more details.)

Choose your Open House time slot below to register for tickets to visit RUMFS:

*Please DO NOT reserve tickets for the same attendees for more than one time slot. For the WAITLIST, you may indicate as many time slots as you would like.*