SAIL on the AJ Meerwald

NJ's Tall Ship

Learning about sea life aboard the AJ Meerwald

EXPERIENCE history, culture, environment

on and off the water

Community singing on the Bayshore Center docks

SHARE with family, friends, and the community

The Bayshore is the center of it all

Fresh oysters from the Delaware Bay

CELEBRATE the oyster, natural beauty, maritime history

Natural bayshore riches surround us!


Our mission is to inspire people to take care of the history, the culture and the environment of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation & example.

Please join us on our voyage of discovery!

On Campus

Land-based things to do and see and experience

The Gallery hosts monthly curated exhibits of work by regional artists. Opening receptions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month. Exhibits run for four weeks and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Step back in time to the 1920’s and visit the thriving oyster industry of Maurice River Cove. Exhibits engage visitors in the living history of the Delaware Bay through hands-on, interactive and inquiry-based exhibits.

The Oyster Cracker Café shares the bounty of the Bay and local farms - offering daily soups, pies and seafood specialties fixed to order. Its proceeds & gratuities support BCB’s education programs.

Bivalve's salt marsh provides a vital habitat for plants and animals, including migrating birds and spawning species. Enjoy 5 miles of walkways, spectacular birding, observation platforms, and the best sunsets ever!

The museum store offers an array of apparel and gifts featuring the AJ MEERWALD, bivalves, Delaware Bay and distinctive items handmade by regional crafters and artists. All proceeds support BCB and its programs.

Seasonal Bivalve Fishermen & Farmers Weekly Market - each Wednesday 3 pm – 7 pm, rain or shine! Local Seafood, Fruits, Veggies, Honey, and Eggs,Oysters, Soups, Music, Local Crafts and more ....


"I had the coolest time on the boat. Hope my Mom and Dad let me camp on the AJ Meerwald again next summer."

Johnny H.

AJ Meerwald Camper
"I enjoyed the raising of the sails, identifying sea life, and [the] group lessons - all of it was great. The moments of silence were inspirational, too."

Ellie Gappo

Teacher, Kindle School

Chris Daggett

President and CEO, G.R. Dodge Foundation
"We value your commitment to inspiring community connections and stewardship of the unique natural and cultural resources of the Bayshore through your land-based and shipboard programming."

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News and Notes from the Bayshore Center at Bivalve Founder

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    Spring 2017 at the Bayshore - Daffodils

    Spring on the Bayshore

    The MEERWALD’s up the River, the oysterboats are back in the Nantuxent Creek and new buds, green sprouts, happy bulbs and amorous birds seem to have overtaken the gray landscape of the winter Bayshore. The Bayshore Center is also experiencing a period of new growth.  After 30 years – yes 30! – we have received...


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