Welcome to Strathmere!

Click the link below for a roadmap to all you need to know about village life, a history and wildlife preview, and information on how to join the SIA and meet your neighbors!

Strathmere Info Document

​​Be a part of the Strathmere Stories Video Archive, a collection of personal stories of you and your family’s experiences, memories and tales of what makes Strathmere the unique, beloved village we love. Would you like to share your story? It's easy!

Email: sia1912@comcast.net for details.

Beach Replenishment Update

The SIA is in the news!  On January 3, 2024, Craig Schenck from the Ocean City Sentinel featured the SIA and our many accomplishments throughout 2023, and our goals for 2024.  As always, the SIA would like to thank our members and hard-working volunteers!  

Interpretive Signs at Corson's Inlet State Park

in Recognition of the SIA's 70th Anniversary



Dark Skies

  • Our Pollinator Garden Committee is working hard in the off-season! On Saturday, January 13 at 10:00 AM, join us for a "Milkweed Planting Party" at the Schiavo Library.  We will be creating mini greenhouses from milk jugs for overwintering milkweed seeds.  They will then be ready for planting in the spring at designated locations.

  • Chris Baeckstom gave an informative presentation at the Schiavo Library on August 31 on the best ways to attract pollinators to your garden, where to purchase native plants, and listed multiple resources to guide you as you plant your own garden. Chris presented photos of established gardens around town that have successfully attracted bees and butterflies and the variety of native plants used. With the help of gardeners Chris Baeckstrom, David Cummings, Rose Rhine, and Marian Rossi, the Schiavo Library is the first of many community gardens planned and it is already thriving! You can find Chris Baeckstrom's slideshow below.

UPDATE as of January 11, 2023 - Great Lakes Dredge and Dock of Illinois is finishing up the beach replenishment project in Strathmere. Work began in Mid-December, starting at Tecumseh Avenue and working north toward the point, then headed south from Tecumseh.  Photos below are courtesy of Ted Kingston Photography, taken between December 23, 2023 and January 5, 2024.

Bulletin Board


We invite you to Join or Rejoin the SIA for the

2024 Calendar Year!

Strathmere Stories YouTube Channel

​​​​​At our July, 2022 meeting, Valerie Dall Acqua presented a power point on the detriments of light pollution and the benefits to humans and wildlife of darkening skies. This is one of the outcomes of our focus group initiatives and is being discussed at the Township level as well. To view the powerpoint, click on the box below.

   Just up the path at the Corson's Inlet State Park on Commonwealth Avenue, you'll come upon two interpretive signs about our rich birdlife. Did you know Strathmere is an important stop along  the Atlantic Flyway? During migration periods, birds stop to rest, nest and to refuel for their long flights.

   Strathmere hosts multiple Endangered or Threatened Species. When you see roped off areas on our beaches, please respect our wildlife and take a few moments to get to know our feathered friends.

SIA Recognized for Accomplishments

in the Ocean City Sentinel!

Enjoy a Strathmere Stories

Presentation of the

Unofficial History

of the Upper Township

Beach Patrol!

​   In case you missed our special Zoom meeting with Upper Township Beach Patrol Captain Bill Handley, here's a link to watch and listen to his unofficial history of the Beach Patrol, complete with stories and photos. Bill also talked about Strathmere's current guards and beachgoers' needs.

Have you renewed your SIA dues or interested in joining? We extend an invite to all Strathmere and Whale Beach homeowners, friends and visitors to join or to renew for the 2024 calendar year! Dues are $10/person. There are two easy steps to take:

1. Click on the sign-up form on the menu bar, top right. Please enter or update your contact info, particularly if you are a homeowner. 

2. Once you’ve updated, please either mail us a check or pay viaVenmo @Strathmere-1951. Checks payable to the SIA, PO Box 4, Strathmere, NJ 08248.  Please give us names & emails, especially on Venmo, so we can match you with our records. Dues are $10.00 per person, but we gratefully accept any donation you are able to give. We are a 501 (c) (3) corporation so anything above your dues is tax deductible.

​​Keep In Touch With

Upper Township News @ uppertownship.com

  • Upper Township Committee meetings are held twice a month.

     To have an agenda emailed to you, contact              clerk@uppertownship.com

  • For Planning and Zoning Boards, contact

​   planning@uppertownship.com


  • ​To view the Township Zoning Ordinance, view here: 

     ORDINANCE NO. 005-2020

  • ​Visit our Facebook Page!

SIA Officers: President Janice Connell, Vice President Juliette Schlucter, Secretary Rosemarie Whelan, Treasurer Terence Buckley, Members at Large Donna Diefenderfer and Chris Baeckstrom, and Communications Officer Jessica Kohles.

   The signs are a gift to Corson's Inlet in celebration of Linda Carter Bateman's milestone birthday and the SIA's 70th Anniversary. The Carter   Family's donation in Linda's name, along with financial support from the SIA, is designed to build appreciation for and understanding of our natural area.

   Strathmere's Deb Rivel provided photos and text with support from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry.

It Never Gets Old!

Enjoy Ken Weaver's Presentation on Early Strathmere History. You'll see what used to be here and what still is-only. a little different!