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Events at Mashomack Preserve


79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Note: All programs require 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

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods Series
Self-guided, come anytime | Mashomack Preserve

Learn Your Trees!
Saturday, July 18 |10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Tired of having people say “The bird is at the top of that oak” and never finding it because you don’t know one tree from another? Identifying trees may seem complicated, but come learn to use a simple key which will help you distinguish many of the common trees here on Shelter Island. This mini-workshop will include discussion and a hands-on chance to test your new knowledge.

Young Naturalist Club: Snug as a Bug
Friday, July 24 | 10:30 AM -noon or 1-2:30 PM

What kinds of bugs live under a log? Who lives in those bumps on that leaf? Come participate in a bug search, learn a finger play about caterpillars, then return to the Visitor Center to make a butterfly kite. Ages 4 & up.

Saturday, July 25

Young Naturalists/Family Fun: Blue Moon Walk
Friday, July 31 | 8-9:30 PM- special evening program!

Being in the woods at night can be a magical experience. We will listen for katydids, watch for foraging bats or roaming raccoons, smell the difference between the woods and the wetlands and feel the power of the great outdoors. Come learn if the moon is really blue tonight! Bring flashlights (although we'll try not to use them).

Hummingbird Hunt
Saturday, August 1 | 10-11:30 AM

Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. They can flap their wings up to 80 times per second and fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down! These tiny birds also survive amazing migrations. Come learn a bit about their biology and behaviors, then have a chance to observe and photograph them at our Visitor Center feeders.

Young Naturalists: Traditional Native American Crafts
Friday, August 7 | 10:30 AM -noon or 1-2:30 PM

Can you imagine living 300 years ago? Join artist Grace Markman as we explore the culture of the Manhanset Native Americans who lived on Shelter Island through native crafts, including pot making. Ages 4 and up.

Family Fun: Creek Nightlife
Saturday, August 8 | 8-9 PM

Bring your wading shoes! Using handheld lights we will explore the shallows of a tidal creek at night. Eels, crabs and schools of minnow which hide in the depths or under algae during the day may be seen. Bring a flashlight.

Environmental Education Program
Monday-Friday, August 10-14

Hiking, muddling in a marsh, a canoe trip, and nature art are all part of Mashomack's popular summer program. Increasing awareness of the natural world while having fun is the goal of this weeklong program. Held 9 AM to noon. For children entering grades 3 – 7 in the fall. Reservations taken starting June 1. Fee is $135.

Young Naturalists: Feathers for Lunch
Friday, August 21 | 10:30 AM -noon or 1-2:30 PM

Even young children can recognize familiar birds, and enjoy learning about their feathered friends. We’ll start by reading “Feathers for Lunch,” the story of a cat being outwitted by birds. Then, we’ll play a fun game to see if we can survive as birds! Ages 4 and up.

Bring on the Bats!
Saturday, August 22 | 7-9 PM

Join Mike Fishman, environmental scientist and bat expert for an entertaining presentation about the bats of NY, his research on LI and the challenges these amazing mammals face. We’ll also head out into the fields to try and find some with Mike’s bat detector, which amplifies their echolocation calls so that we can hear them!

Young Naturalists: Going Batty!
Friday, August 28 | 10:30 AM -noon or 1-2:30 PM

Are bats really blind? Will they get caught in your hair? Come learn about nature’s incredible bug zappers while playing games, making a craft and learning the real truth about vampire bats. Ages 4 and up.

Scallops, Clams and Oysters- Helping to Save the Bays
Saturday, August 29 | 9-10:30 AM

Did you know that Mashomack has raised 3.5 million shellfish in its creeks over the past ten years? Come take a hands-on look at the role Mashomack plays in the reintroduction of shellfish into the Peconic Bay system. View live clams, oysters and scallops and find how their filtering abilities help stabilize the whole marine foodweb.


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