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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.



In partnership with the National Park Service we host a Junior Ranger program that gives our students the opportunity to explore and learn about Sandy Hook, and how they can help protect our national parks today and into the future. The Junior Ranger Program runs weekly from June to August; all SHCCC students aged 3 and older are invited to participate.


SUMMER 2016 Schedule

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

Week 2  Firefighting for “Little Squirts".

Week 3  Surf, Sand, and Shells: Beach Habitats and Sandcasting.

Week 4  Animal Tracking: Investigate Animal Signs and Animal Tracks.

Week 5  Creepy Crawlies & Waterbabies: Swimming Insects.

Week 6  Cool Animal Adaptations.

Week 7  Terrapin vs. Turtle.

Week 8  Explore a Lighthouse, Then Build Your Own Lighthouse.


In partnership with NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), 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 bi-weekly from November to April; all SHCCC students aged 2 and older are invited to participate.


Session  1 -January: All About Sharks

Session 2 -February:  Horseshoe Crabs

Session 3 -March:  Flounder

Session 4 -April: Recreational Fishing

Session 5 -May: Local Fish

Session 6 -June:   Research Vessels