Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) Visitor Center Exhibit Design
client: Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Rutgers University, New Jersey | location: Tuckerton, New Jersey | size: 2,400 sq ft | opened: 2002

Managed by the Institute of Coastal and Marine Sciences of Rutgers University, JCNERR (pronounced by us as “jazzner”) is the most pristine estuarine habitat in the NE region of the United States. Lehrman Cameron Studio developed the visitor center exhibition, allowing people to explore the fragile estuary without stepping foot in it. The exhibit is housed within the maritime history center of Tuckerton Seaport. It introduces the reserve’s ecosystems, stretching from the Pinelands to the Atlantic Ocean, and explains Rutgers University’s research programs. Further, it encourages visitors to intimately consider their actions and the effect of development on ecology. LCS was responsible for the interpretive plan and exhibit design, in collaboration with Partners in Design (graphic design), RBH Multimedia (videos), and TPN (fabrication).


My husband and I really enjoyed the Seaport exhibits! I’ve lived here all my life and never knew what a special area we have here. – Dee Morgan, resident