Mayor Martin Pagliughi of Avalon NJ officially opens the signed Dune & Beach Trail in Avalon's High Dunes. (more)

Protect Avalon's Dunes

Protect Avalon's Dunes, Inc. is pleased to have made a significant contribution to the creation of the High Dunes signed Dune & Beach Trail as described in a shared services agreement dated April 1, 2014-2015. In October 2013 PAD and the Borough of Avalon negotiated an agreement that led to the Cape May County Open Space Review Board and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approving a Borough improvements application, resulting in a grant of $488,555.00 for Avalon.


Unfortunately, the Borough has reneged on its commitment to PAD and the County of Cape May and now seeks to populate the dune and beach paths with more than the negotiated ten (10) signs. (more)

What we protect

Feast your eyes on some of the most inspiring dune walks you will find anywhere. Our community's high dunes provide a tranquil location and panoramic views of the ocean, beach, and spectacular sunrises as well. The high dunes stretch from 40th to 59th Streets, offering not only hurricane protection to island residents but also a home to hundreds of species of birds and animals. At least four threatened and endangered species of birds live in the regulated dunes. In the spring and fall these high dunes also serve as a critical habitat rest stop for migratory birds.


Avalon's dune profile begins at the seaward end of 35th Street. This dune lies at the seaward edge of a wide vegetated sand plain that grades into old dunes up to fifty feet above sea level between 40th Street and 55th Street. These old “high dunes” are covered with a climax forest of red cedar and cherry trees, worthy of protection from encroaching residential development.


A brief walk beneath the arching trees satisfies a dream life with the ocean ahead and the provincial behind. 

How we educate

Environmental education is vital to the future health and well being of our communities. PAD seeks to develop and utilize educational materials and opportunities that are fun, factual, proactive, and informative. Projects that promote education through research are fundamental to our understanding of coastal resources and the natural processes and human influences that act upon them.​ PAD encourages studies that further our understanding of the shoreline and projects that encourage visits to the dune walks through Avalon's high dunes.