History. Culture. Environment. The Bayshore Center at Bivalve was founded in 1988 to “motivate people to take care of the history, the culture and the environment of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation and example.” First we restored the 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner AJ MEERWALD as a sailing classroom. Next we created the Bivalve Center – BCB’s Maurice Riverfront home where the restored 1904 Bivalve Shipping Sheds and Wharves serve as a maritime center of national significance, homeport to the MEERWALD and the Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center. Now we are an established educational institute, in our 27th year, with programs on the schooner, at the Bivalve campus and in the community – Commercial Township, Cumberland County and throughout South Jersey’s Bayshore region.

Join us as we celebrate and preserve the Bay and its people!

What’s New

Go Sail

Get Involved

 Run for the Schooner

April 4th

run for the schooner

Next Second Friday

Bay Day Keep on Shucking photo with no date

Vendor Applications

Food Vendor 2015

Craft Vendor 2015

Demonstrating Craft Vendor 2015

Non Profit Vendor/Exhibitor 2015

Business Vendor 2015




Now Booking Education Sails, Programs & Tours for 2015

Learn more about our shipboard, museum, and wetlands education programs.

The Meerwald is undergoing winter maintenance in preparation for the sailing season which starts in April.

Mark your calendars for
Spring Volunteer Training

Become a shipboard volunteer and learn the ropes or become a museum docent and share the history.

Now Hiring

Crew positions available starting in 2015.

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