Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

New Jersey

(609) 812-0649

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The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve is a great place to see and learn about a unique natural habitat hardly touched by humans. The reserve encompasses approximately 115,000 acres in southeastern New Jersey, including a great variety of terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic habitats within the Mullica River-Great Bay ecosystem. There are many opportunities to hike, bike, and take a nature walk.

An estuary is a coastal body of water that is partially enclosed with one or more rivers flowing into it. It is a unique habitat because it is a transitional zone between river and ocean environments, and typically heavily populated by humans and consequently heavily polluted. With little more than 1% of the Jacques Cousteau Reserve subjected to human development, this area is regarded as one of the least disturbed estuaries in the densely populated urban corridor of the Northeastern United States. Occurring within the unique New Jersey Pinelands forest ecosystem, on the coastal plain and the barrier islands of the coastal margin, the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary is of special ecological value. To learn more about this estuary's unique ecosystem and importance, visitors can explore the interactive exhibits and tours at the Tuckerton Seaport Museum.

Map of Jacques Cousteau Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve

Latitude, Longitude: 39.647997, -74.794922



  • Historic Sites

    The Tuckerton center serves as the hub for education and outreach programs associated with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Center is a state-of-the-art facility including a classroom equipped with video conferencing, internet capable computer workstations, a library of K-12 curriculum materials, and a 16-bed dormitory.

    Also available is the Cousteau Center at Bridgeton, housed at the historic David Sheppard House located at 31 West Commerce Street in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The facility was recently restored to serve as a 21st century coastal resource center housing a partner facility of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve managed by Rutgers University.

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Tuckerton Seaport Museum

The Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime village, is located along the Tuckerton Creek. This one-of-a-kind attraction, in the heart of historic Tuckerton NJ, brings the Jersey Shore's maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits and hands-on activities. Discover the Jersey Shore's unique maritime heritage and the interaction between culture and nature on the Barnegat Bay. Experience the rich traditions of the Jersey Shore and its Baymen through the Seaport's recreated and historic buildings, demonstrations, interpretive exhibits, events, festivals, live aquatic displays and more.

(609) 296-8868



The reserve is located eight miles southeast of exit 58, on Garden State Parkway, in Tuckerton, N.J.

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(609) 812-0649