The weather’s warming up, and kids can’t wait to get outside. Local wildlife preserves are the perfect spots to burn energy, learn about plants and animals and explore the natural world.
Activity Key: Birding Hiking Fishing
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, Cape May
A favorite among birders, the refuge is a major nesting and feeding area for shorebirds. See even more species on four trails that wind through a cedar swamp, forests and the beach.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Galloway
With opportunities for freshwater and saltwater fishing, as well as ample trails, wildlife viewing and educational programming, there are plenty of ways to immerse your brood in nature here.
Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton
In addition to three miles of trails, visitors with little ones in tow can check out the children’s garden, frog pond and a monarch waystation.
Watershed Institute, Pennington
From wetlands to streams to the 4-acre Wargo Pond — where fishing is permitted — the reserve boasts a vibrant community of critters and plants. Lace up your boots and trek along the perimeter during family hikes and kid-specific programming.
Supawna National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsville
A loop around the refuge leads to two trails that connect to the river and ponds. Along the way, wander through a tidal marsh and hardwood forest, where you’ll hear spring peepers and Southern leopard frogs.
Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor
Explore coastal wetlands via hands-on programming, including activities related to geology, migration and science experiments, plus back-bay boating, kayaking, animal interactions and beach and dune walks.