Folklife doesn’t happen somewhere else — it happens right here in South Jersey!  Come explore the lives of traditional craftspeople, local musicians, and the many rich stories of Folklife in the Pinelands and on the Barnegat Bay.  You never know, you might even run into the Jersey Devil!

The Jersey Shore Folklife Center documents, supports, and presents the diverse communities and traditions of the Jersey Shore and the Pinelands.  The center offers classes, tours, school programs, artist demonstrations, and changing exhibits.  Stop by anytime during museum hours to check out the new and expanded Folklife center at Marshelder Gun Club.

Lunch and Learn – 2019

The 2019 Lunch and Learn series starts on Wednesday, September 11.  Click here or click on the image at the left for the full schedule.  Lunch for the 12:30 sessions can be purchased by calling The Union Market at 609-879-5799.


Upcoming Classes – 2019

Payment in full is required at time of registration. No refunds will be given. If you cancel in writing at least 48 hours prior to the first day of class, a credit will be issued for a Tuckerton Seaport purchase within one year. The Tuckerton Seaport reserves the right to make changes to instructors, programs, session dates and times.

For more class info or to sign up, go to the admission desk in the Visitor Center or call us at 609-296-8868.


Wine Basket Class

Instructor: Mary May
Date/Time: Saturday November 16, 2019 10am – 2pm
Fee: $25 members/ $30 nonmembers, plus additional $15 materials fee

What’s better than wine? Wine in a basket! This wine tote has remained a popular favorite. Choose from a single bottle wine basket or a double bottle wine carrying basket each with a new twill accent weave and an oak swing handle. Great for yourself or as a holiday gift!

Total cost for registration includes a materials fee and a class fee. Why two fees? The material fee covers the use of everything you need to complete your basket: tools, molds (if needed), reed, handle, etc. The class fee supports the local artisan and the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum (a non-profit 501c3). Pay the class fee to the Seaport and the material fee directly to the instructor.

Course fee Member: $25/Non-Member: $30

Additional Materials Fee: $15.00

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Santa Wood Carving Class

Instructor: Mark Bair
Date/Time: Saturday, November 30, 2019 10am – 4pm
Fee: $85 members/ $95 nonmembers

Ho! Ho! Holiday Carving Class! Join carver Mark Bair for this one day Santa Carving class – all levels welcome! Students will learn how to transform a simple basswood into an heirloom Santa Claus. Carving safety and techniques, tool sharpening, as well as painting and finishing techniques will also be studied.

Fee (includes instruction, materials, and use of tools): $85 for Seaport Members; $95 for Non-members

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Paper Poinsettia Wreath

Instructor: Mallorie Evans
Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 2019 12 noon – 2pm
Fee: $35 members/ $40 nonmembers, materials included

Capturing the essence of the holiday season, this DIY wreath allows you to tap into your crafty side! Hang the finished wreath on your front door or in your home to add a classic dose of winter to your home décor!

All supplies, including cardstock, foam wreath, burlap, templates and glue are included.

To register, please call 609-296-8868.

Felted Santa Claus

Instructor: Niki Giberson
Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 2019 10am – 12pm
Fee: $30 members/ $35 nonmembers, materials included

Stop by the Seaport and make the perfect Christmas gift or decoration! Instructor Niki Giberson will walk you through the process of needle felting wool to create your very own festive Santa Claus! All supplies and tools are provided. All skill levels welcome.

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.


Upcoming Classes – 2020


Felted Snowmen

Instructor: Niki Giberson
Date/Time: Saturday, January 25, 2020 10am – 12pm
Fee: $30 members/ $35 nonmembers, materials included

Get out this winter and build a snowman at the Tuckerton Seaport! Folk Artist Niki Giberson will walk you through the process of needle felting wool to build these snowmen. All supplies and tools are provided. All skill levels welcome.

To register, please call 609-296-8868.

Carving Class – Barrow’s Goldeneye Decoy

Instructor: Jode Hillman
Date/Time: Sunday, February 16 and 23, 2020 10am – 5pm
Fee: $190 members/ $200 nonmembers


Join Master Carver Jode Hillman for an intensive TWO DAY class in which students will learn the methods and techniques needed to carve and paint Barrow’s Goldeneye decoy. Students may choose a hen or drake to carve and paint; painting will be done in oils.  Prior carving experience is required.

Course fee Member: $190/Non-Member: $200

Reserve your space by calling the Tuckerton Seaport at 609-296-8868.


To see some of the previous classes held at the Seaport, click here.