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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 2018 Schedule

Week 1  Splishy, Splashy, Squishy: Let's go seining!  

Week 2  Junior Yoga

Week 3 Crustacean of the Day

Week 4 Painting in the Park

Week 5  Fill the Bill

Week 6  What is the Buzz about Bees?

Week 7  Sensory Nature Walk

Week 8  Endangered Species

Week 9 Creepy Crawlies

Week 10 Splishy, Splashy, Squishy: Let's go seining!


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.


Session  1 -May: Local Fish

Session 2 -June: All About Crabs

Session 3 -July: Fishing

Session 4 -August: Research Vessels

Session 5 -September: Sea Turtles

Session 6 -October: Whales

Session 7 -November: Horseshoe Crabs

Session 8 - December: Sharks

*Programs may change depending on what is in the lab*


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.


July 9- Live Animal Presentation

July 20- Nature Presentation- "Funny Freckled Frogs"  

July 30- Live Animal Presentation

August 21- Live Animal Presentation

August 30- Dinosaur Bones & Tales