Mashomack Nature Preserve

June Events

79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Note: All programs: need pre-registration, are free to members or $5 for non-members (unless noted). For more information, call our office (631)749-1001 or email us at

June StoryWalk®: Crab Moon by Ruth Horowitz
Under the full moon on a June night, Daniel’s mother wakes him up to see the extraordinary sight of horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach, just as they have every spring for millions of years. Come for a short self-guided half-mile hike and read a story as you go!
Note: This event is most appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

What is a StoryWalk®? A StoryWalk® invites you to read a page, walk a bit, then read the next. A great way to combine getting outdoors and reading! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Each of Mashomack’s StoryWalk®s will be in place along our Red Trail for the designated month.

Registration begins for Summer Children’s Environmental Education Program
Monday, June 3, 9 AM
Mark your calendars! The popular Children’s Environmental Education Program will be held from 9 AM-noon on July 8-12 and August 12-16. Register by phone for either session. Fills very quickly, CALL AT NINE on June 3 to ensure your child’s place!

Bluebirds and Blueberry Muffins
Sunday, June 9, 9- 10:30 AM
When was the last time you saw the brilliant blue of the New York state bird? Bring a portable chair and join Dr. Bill Zitek, head of Mashomack's Nestbox Project, in Mashomack’s meadows. We will set up a spotting scope to watch an active bluebird nest box as we relax, learn about this well-loved bird, and have a light breakfast. Bring binoculars.
Note: This event is most appropriate for adults or mature children 12 years +

After School Nature: Worms!
Wednesday, June 12, 3-4:30
What’s the difference between a worm and a caterpillar? We’ll read the Bob and Otto story together, then dig for worms. We’ll also do a wriggly art project and make a wormy snack!
Note: Ages 4 & up are welcome to attend without adult although adults are welcome to attend.

Nearly Summer Kayak Trip
Saturday, June 15, 9-noon
Get a peek at Mashomack’s beaches as the gentle greens of late spring grace her shoreline.  Quiet approaches by kayak may allow looks at incubating osprey, emerging marine life and other natural phenomenon. TNC members $35, non-members $45. Includes all necessary equipment.  Space limited, prompt reservations essential.
Note: This event is most appropriate for adults or mature children 12 years +

Birding by Ear
Saturday, June 29, 8-10 AM
If you heard “quick, three beers” “drink your tea” or “cheeseburger” are you imagining a stop at your local pub? Actually, using only a little imagination, you can hear birds make these sounds. Birding takes on a whole new dimension when you can use not only visual, but also audible clues to a bird’s identity. Come learn the secrets of remembering the songs and calls of the birds in our area. Bring binoculars.
Note: This event is most appropriate for adults or mature children 12 years +

Blue Trail Truck Tour
Saturday, June 29, 6:30-9 PM
Long days and long trails go together! The 10-mile Blue Trail leads you through oak forest, and meadows, and beside vernal and coastal ponds. View the intertwining habitats that make Mashomack a refuge for many species and learn about how The Nature Conservancy is working to maintain this special place. This far out hike is usually reserved for those hardy enough for a long walk, but this special tour by truck will allow even those with limited stamina to experience the far reaches of the preserve.
Note: This event is most appropriate for adults or mature children 12 years +

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