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Events at Mashomack Preserve

MASHOMACK PRESERVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Programs require pre-registration. Unless specifically noted, enjoy our programs for a free will donation. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-4219 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Please call if you have a question about the suitability of a program for a particular participant. Some programs may require a waiver form. 

JANUARY

New Year’s Day Walk
Sunday, January 1| 1-3 PM
Start that New Year’s resolution today! We’ll take a 3-mile walk through the woods and meadows of Mashomack and see how nature has adapted to the short cold days of winter. Ages 12 & up.

Facing the Freeze
Saturday, January 14 | 1-2:30 PM
Plants and animals each have their own way of surviving the winter season. Come discover who hibernates, who simply rests, and what clues of activity can be seen. Temperature permitting, we’ll test our skills at finding appropriate wintering lairs for the rare Mashomack gelatin creature. Family-friendly.

FEBRUARY

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of A Winter Walk by Lynne Barasch are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! What is the color of winter? Join Sophie and her mom as they find the many shades of our colder months. Family-friendly.

Free the Trees
Saturday, February 4 | 10 AM-noon
Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet, porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided. Ages 12 & up.

Free the Trees
Saturday, February 11 | 10 AM-noon
See Feb 4 description.

Walk When the Moon is Full
Saturday, February 11 | 7-8:30 PM
What’s out in the woods in the “dead of winter?” Come walk the Red Trail by the light of the full moon, enjoy the stars, and listen to nature’s nightlife all while experiencing the calmness of a winter night. Family-friendly.

Free the Trees
Saturday, February 18 | 10 AM-noon
See Feb 4 description.

Wintering Birds of the Fields, Woods and Creeks
Sunday, February 19 | 9-11 AM
Did you know that Central and South America aren’t the only destinations for birds that fly south? For some species, Mashomack is the perfect winter destination. Bring your binoculars and join Tom Damiani to see if we can find overwintering bluebirds, buffleheads, and other birds which take advantage of our relatively mild East End winters. We’ll start with a short indoor session to introduce you to likely sightings, then head out into the field. Ages 12 & up.

Free the Trees
Saturday, February 25 | 10 AM-noon
See Feb 4 description.

Mashomack Point: A Tour of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, February 25 | 1-4 PM
Dedicated to a farsighted and generous nature lover, Mashomack Point is opened for a guided walk just once a year. This mid-winter hike will allow us to explore this unique area's woodlands, kettles, and fields, culminating with a breathtaking view of Northwest Harbor. Dress warmly. Raindate, Sunday, February 26 | 9 AM-noon. Ages 12 & up.

MARCH

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of The Tale of Pale Male by Jeanette Winter are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! Hawks in New York City?! This is the true story of a red-tailed hawk which nested atop a high-rise apartment building in New York City and how people came together to fight for its right to remain in the neighborhood. Family-friendly.

Free the Trees
Saturday, March 4 | 10 AM-noon
Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet, porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided. Ages 12 & up.

Free the Trees
Saturday, March 11 | 10 AM-noon
See March 4 description.

Free the Trees
Saturday, March 18 | 10 AM-noon
See Feb 4 description.

Rare, Big and Odd Tree Tour
Saturday, March 18 | 1-3 PM
Mashomack's coastal oak forest is home to some unique trees. We'll combine a truck ride with hiking to explore different forest types and find some very tall tulip trees, a huge white oak, a healthy elm tree, and an American Chestnut as well as other remarkable specimens. A rare chance to explore the interior areas of Mashomack! Ages 12 & up.

Free the Trees
Saturday, March 25 | 10 AM-noon
See Feb 4 description.

Mashomack’s Nestbox Trail and the Eastern Bluebird
Thursday, March 30 | 5:30-7:30 PM
Ever see a live bluebird? How about eggs in a nest, or live baby birds? You can by becoming a Nestbox volunteer! Come learn about how Mashomack is bringing bluebirds back to the East End and how you can help the New York State bird. Find out more about the Preserve’s Nestbox Project and see if you would like to become involved- a guaranteed wonderful experience. Refreshments will be served. Ages 12 & up.

APRIL

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of Noisy Frog Sing-Along by John Himmelman are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! It can be noisy in the woods! Join in the chorus while listening for the “meep, meep” of spring peepers or other frogs. Family-friendly.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Saturday, April 8 | 10-11:30 AM
A spring hike can show you all kinds of clues that nature is getting ready for the burst of life in May. Come find what trees or bushes are starting to leaf out, which birds might be back, and whether we’ve got salamander and frog activity in our ponds. Wear waterproof boots. Family-friendly.

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22 | 10 AM-noon
Mark your calendars for a chance to celebrate and give back to the Earth! We will combine exploring a few special places of Mashomack with a hands-on project to help protect the land and waters around us. Family-friendly.

Birding for Beginners

Sunday, April 30 | 8-10 AM
Know the difference between cardinals and blue jays, but not much else? Like the outdoors and enjoy learning new things? Come learn the basics of birding- how to focus binoculars, use a bird guide and gather clues to identify birds. Mashomack's Tom Damiani will lead this walk designed for people who are looking for beginning tips, or who want to improve their current knowledge. Please bring binoculars. Ages 12 & up.

MAY

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! What do animals do in the rain? Learn how squirrels, birds and other critters stay dry- or not! Family-friendly.

“May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 7 | 7-9 AM
Get in on the best birding of the year! Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neotropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. We’ll identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars. Ages 12 & up.

Birds and Breakfast- Rise and Shine!
Sunday, May 14 | 6-9 AM
It’s back! Our annual early morning birdwatch and breakfast is an eye and ear-opener. We will break into teams, each led by an expert birder, to explore various habitats surrounding the Manor House. Each team will try to identify as many species as possible by both sight and song, with a complete list being compiled at the end of the morning. The friendly competition will culminate over a delicious breakfast in the Manor House. This special event is $20 for guided walk and breakfast. Limited number of overnight accommodations in the newly renovated Manor House available for TNC members ($75/person for room, walk, and breakfast). Bring binoculars. Ages 12 & up.

“May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 21 | 7-9 AM
See May 7 description.

After School Nature: Birds of Spring
Wednesday, May 24 | 3-4:30 PM
Do birds of a feather really flock together? Does the early bird really catch the worm? Come for a short hike to see our amazing avian friends, learn how to use binoculars and make a healthy snack. Ages 4 & up.

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine
Saturday, May 27 | 6:30-8 PM
As the weather warms, the waters are coming alive. Come help give a hand pulling in a 300’ haul seine and get a close up look at the creatures and plants that live under the sea! A haul can bring in striped bass, bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder, and several species of crab. This demonstration of a traditional East End fishing method is appropriate for both children and adults; bring the whole family! A marshmallow roast will follow the haul. Insect repellent suggested. Family-friendly.

“May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 28 | 7-9 AM
See May 7 description.

Membership Open House
Sunday, May 28 | 4-6 PM
Please join us on the lawn of the newly renovated Bass Creek Cottage at Mashomack with your family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the arrival of another summer. Come learn about our wildlife, nature programs, guided hikes, research projects, and how to become a member. Family-friendly.

Registration begins for Summer Children’s Environmental Education Program
Thursday, June 1 | 9 AM
Mark your calendars! The popular Children’s Environmental Education Program will be held from 9 AM-noon on July 10-14 and August 14-18. For children ages 8-12, or entering grades 3 through 7 Register by phone for either session. Fills very quickly. CALL AT NINE on June 1 to ensure your child’s place! 

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