Land Based Programs

Each of our educational programs are designed to accommodate your needs and can be combined with our sailing programs.  In addition to our Bayshore Center programs we provide community and school based programs.  In most cases our programs are handicap accessible. Call (856)785-2060 or email to sign up for your program! Additional information available at for a printable brochure click here

Shipping Sheds (1 hour)[Bivalve only]:
Participants learn about the historic significance of the shipping sheds and, through the use of original artifacts and exhibits, appreciate the history of the Bayshore Region. Includes three educational stations: Oyster Processing, Shucking House, and Tool Time.

Wetlands Walk (2 hours)[Bivalve only]:
This guided tour provides an excellent opportunity for participants to be exposed to the beauty and importance of our wetlands and birds. Bivalve’s salt marsh provides a vital habitat for plants and animals, including migrating birds, spawning species, and their newly-hatched young. They also prevent flooding and provide storm drainage, improve water quality, and minimize erosion of upland areas. Participants will learn the impact of human activity on the wetlands, and help make a positive one by picking up trash and recyclables during the walk.

Bivalve Discovery Tour (3 hours)[Bivalve only]:
Combination of Shipping Sheds and Wetlands Walk. Students are taken on a guided tour of our historic oyster shipping sheds. They can try their hand at some of the historic tools that were used by oyster fishermen and shipwrights during the peak of the oyster industry. After learning about the oyster industry, students take a guided tour of our beautiful wetlands and learn about the wildlife and ecology of the area.

Sail + Bivalve Discovery Tour (6 hours of programming)[Bivalve only]:
We offer a special discounted rate to groups who book both the Educational Sail and the Bivalve Discovery Tour. There is time in between programs for participants to eat lunch on our covered docks.

Sailing 101 (2 hours)[Bivalve only]:
The Sailing 101 program is a fun and educational two-hour program that teaches its participants the history of the AJ Meerwald with a focus on its unique design. Participates will be introduced to maritime navigational equipment, learn how to plot way points on a chart, and learn the basics of sailing knots and coils. Together, the group will raise one of the ship’s sails while singing a sea shanty!

All About Oysters (2 hours)[Bivalve only]:
Learn how oysters are harvested and their importance to the Delaware Bay, as well as the history of the AJ Meerwald and the shipping sheds. Bayshore Center educators will provide a guided tour of our shipping sheds with a focus on packing and shipping oysters. Participants will then try their hand at an important facet of the oyster industry: shell bagging! Shell bagging is a fun way to help prevent erosion and rebuild beaches, and it provides habitat to creatures living under the sea.

Life in the Delaware Bay (3 hours)[Bivalve only]:
Learn about the living things that are supported by the Delaware Bay and its estuaries. Participants will use a trawl net to catch plankton, and use a microscope to examine them. Participants will also get to examine an oyster and several other Delaware Bay critters up close. Bayshore Center educators will lead participants in a Wetlands/Birding Walk, where local wildlife and their habitats will be explored.

History of Bivalve (2 hours)[Bivalve only]:
Learn the history of one of New Jersey’s “lost towns”, its past and future, who lived there, and what happened to them. Take a tour of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve’s museum and shipping sheds. Participants will use tools from the past for a firsthand experience of life in Bivalve. They will also learn the stories of those who lived in Bivalve and tell a story of their own!