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Gateway National Recreation Area
Highlands, NJ, 07732
United States

(732) 291-2368

A fully-licensed nonprofit child care and preschool located in the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.



The Junior Ranger program teaches young children about the habitats and history of Sandy Hook through fun, hands-on activities. The program is being offered from 10 AM to 11 AM weekly on Wednesdays from June 20 to August 29. Children will learn through hikes, walks, and demonstrations. Parents are required to accompany their children for the entire program. Space is limited, call (732) 872-5970 to make reservations.


SUMMER 2019 Schedule

June 19: Victory Garden Planting, History House
June 26: Splishy, Splashy, Squishy: Let’s go seining! Horseshoe Cove 
July 3: Yoga, Guardian Park

July 10: Crustacean of the Day, Guardian Park

July 17: Painting Natures Landscape, Guardian Park

July 24: Birds of a Feather, Guardian Park

July 31: Let’s Bee Friends, Guardian Park

August 7: Sensory Nature Walk, Guardian Park
August 14: What does a Park Ranger do? Guardian Park

August 21: The Changing Seasons at Sandy Hook, Guardian Park

August 28: End of the Summer Party, Guardian Park


In partnership with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service, we host a Junior Marine Biologist program that is intended to introduce our students to natural sciences and teach them the importance of our marine ecosystem. Activities include science-based arts and crafts, touch tanks, tours, videos and hands-on demonstrations. The Junior Marine Biologist Program runs monthly.  All SHCCC students aged 2 and older are invited to participate.

2019 SCHEDULE Coming soon

July- TBD

August- TBD


Monmouth County Parks System is bringing their special programs to SHCCC. Children will learn information on the life cycle, habitat and habits of animals with an emphasis on the role each has in nature during live animal presentations. Park Naturalists will visit the Center and teach the children about the natural world through stories, rhymes, games, songs and crafts.


7/22- Live Animal Presentation

8/2- Nature Story Hour- Dinosaurs

8/8- Live Animal Presentation

8/27- Nature Story Hour- Froggy Friends