Happy Birthday AJ Meerwald! 90 years and going strong!

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

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!


"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

  • in Education

    Bayshore Center at Bivalve Appoints New Director

    Press Release May 7, 2018 Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Appoints New Director The Board of Directors for the Bayshore Center at Bivalve (BCB) has appointed Brian Keenan as its new Executive Director. Keenan has been serving as the organization’s interim director for the last year as the organization has worked on its...
  • in Education

    New Jersey’s Tall Ship has a New Captain

    The Bayshore Center at Bivalve the nonprofit owner and operator of the AJ Meerwald announced that the historic 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner and New Jersey’s Official Tall Ship has a new captain. “We are delighted Captain Johann Steinke will be joining us for our 2018 sailing season” said Mark Showers, Board President of the...


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