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.

 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 contact Catherine at 609-296-8868 or click here to register online.

For information on the Lunch ‘n Learn Series, please call us at 609-296-8868 .


Blacksmithing – Clam Knife

Instructor: Stephen Nuttall
Date/Time: Saturday, June 22, 2019 10am – 4pm
Fee: $155 members/ $170 nonmembers, additional $10 materials fee

Aw, shucks! Come to the Tuckerton Seaport to forge your very own clam knife! Blacksmith Stephen Nuttall will teach you basic blacksmithing techniques and safety, leaving you with a handcrafted and functional clam knife!

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.


Woven Wheat Heart

Instructor: Christine Metzler
Date/Time: Saturday, July 13, 2019 1pm – 3pm
Fee: $28 members/ $30 nonmembers

Create a woven heart perfect for any home design or Christmas tree! New Jersey was once considered the bread basket of the American colonies with the best flouring mills in the 18th century.  Because of the Industrial Revolution and changes made in harvesting methods, the art of wheat weaving was almost completely lost. Join us as folk artist Christine Metzler helps us rediscover this once common art form in the traditional English style!

To register, please call 609-296-8868.

Hand-woven Backpack Class

Instructor: Mary May
Date/Time: Friday, August 2, 2019 10am – 4pm
Fee: $45 members/ $50 nonmembers, plus $65 materials fee

New! Craft your own unique woven backpack! This “trap basket” was traditionally used to collect pinecones in New Jersey. Weave your own and it can be used as a backpack, decoration, or a functional laundry basket. The basket includes a handle and for a small upcharge, you may decide to add straps or a runner. Experience is welcome but not necessary.

Course fee: Member – $45/Non-Member: $50

Additional Materials Fee: $65.00

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Whimsical Woven Flowers

Instructor: Mary May
Date/Time: Friday, August 9, 2019 10am – 1pm
Fee: $32 members/ $37 nonmembers (materials included)

Join folk artist Mary May for this festive, fun to make, and beginner friendly Flower craft made with Basket material. With an array of Summer or Fall colors to choose from, these woven flowers are sure to bring cheer and whimsy to your décor! Choose from Large (8 inches) or Small (6 inches) flowers. All stems are approximately 22 inches.

Course fee: Member – $32/Non-Member: $35 (materials included)

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Fall Sunflower Decor

Instructor: Mallorie Evans
Date/Time: Saturday, September 21, 2019 12 noon – 2pm
Fee: $25 members/ $30 nonmembers, materials included

Join paper artist Mallorie Evans as she teaches the basics of simple yet elegant DIY home décor! Create your very own Sunflower décor for the Fall season.

All materials included:  cardstock paper, flower templates, glue, floral wire

Please call 609-296-8868 to register.

Carving Class – Barrow’s Goldeneye Decoy

Instructor: Jode Hillman
Date/Time: Sunday, October 13 and 20, 2019 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.

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.


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