GIVING TUESDAY For 90 more years on the Meerwald!

The Meerwald turns 90 in 2018, let's make it our strongest year yet!

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!

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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

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!

TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS

"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."

Bayshore Blog

News and Notes from the Bayshore Center at Bivalve

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    Interim Director’s Letter

    Dear Friends of BCB; I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have this opportunity to work at the Bayshore Center.  I am sure you all know what a wonderful place it is.  As a newcomer looking at it with a fresh eye I can assure you it is not only wonderful but also...
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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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