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Summer Events at Mashomack Preserve

MASHOMACK PRESERVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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 mashomackpreserve@tnc.org

June 

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods for June
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert 

Children’s Summer Environmental Education Program
Registration begins for Monday, June 2, at 9 AM
Mark your calendars! The popular Children’s Summer Environmental Education Program will be held from 9 AM-noon on July 14-18 and August 11-15. Register by phone for either session. Fills very quickly, CALL AT NINE on June 2 to ensure your child’s place. 

Blue Trail Truck Tour
Saturday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 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. Learn about how The Nature Conservancy is working to maintain this special place. This special tour by truck allows everyone a chance to experience the far reaches of the Preserve. 
Note: This program is open to adults and children ages 12 and up.

After School Nature: Turtles!!
Wednesday, June 18, 3-4:30 PM
How would you like to carry your house on your back? Turtles are amazing creatures – we’ll take a short hike to find some, create shells of our own, and make a turtle snack! Ages 4 & up. 

First Day of Summer Kayaking
Saturday, June 21, from 9 AM-noon
Get a peek at Mashomack’s beaches as the gentle greens of early summer grace her shoreline. Quiet approaches by kayak may allow looks at incubating osprey, emerging marine life and other natural phenomenon. $45 includes all necessary equipment. Space limited, prompt reservations essential. 
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Birding by Ear
Sunday, June 29, 8-9:30 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 program is open to adults and children ages 12 and up.

July 

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods for July
The Salamander Room by Anne Maze 

Young Naturalists: Muddling in the Marsh
Friday, July 4, 10:30 AM-noon or 1-2:30 PM
If salt marshes are so important why do they smell like rotten eggs? Come discover the many wonders of the salt marsh and learn why it is called the nursery of the sea. We’ll use clam rakes and seine and crab nets to find some unique marine creatures, and have fun! Come ready to get wet! Ages 4 and up. 

Beach Nesting Bird Bonanza
Saturday, July 5, 9-10:30 AM
Long Island’s shores are nesting grounds for many birds. Piping plovers and terns both enjoy the beach. We’ll head to the beach to find some of our feathered friends, learn a bit about their behaviors and how to protect these rare species. Bring binoculars.
Note: This program is open to adults and children ages 12 and up.

Family Fun: Fireflies in the Fields
Saturday, July 5, 8-9 PM
Remember the thrill of catching and examining lightning bugs as a child? Come learn about the amazing adaptations of these insects and their role in nature, relive your summer memories or experience this childhood ritual for the first time. All ages welcome on this short, relaxing walk.
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Young Naturalists: Catch the Buzz about Bees!
Friday, July 11, 10:30-noon or 1-2:30 PM
Honey bees are awesome! Come learn about these important pollinators, meet a real beekeeper, see an actual hive from a safe distance, taste some honey and make sculptures from bee’s wax. Ages 4 and up. 

Environmental Education Program
Monday-Friday, July 14-18
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 2. Fee is $135. 

The Fruits of the Season
Saturday, July 19, 9-10:30 AM
Blueberries, huckleberries, blackberries and raspberries – all of these tasty fruits can be found at Mashomack. This one and a half-mile walk through the woodlands and wetlands of the Red Trail will let us explore what’s ripe so far, and discover who might be eating them.  
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Young Naturalists: The Salamander Room
Friday, July 25, 10:30 AM-noon or 1-2:30 PM
Mashomack’s forest is home to lots of many animals and plants. We will take a short hike to read The Salamander Room book and learn what animals need to survive. Then we’ll explore the woods, looking under logs for bugs, slugs and other life, returning to make a terrarium to share at the Visitor Center. Ages 4 and up.   

Annual Benefit Dinner Dance: Where They Go By Water
Saturday, July 26, 5:30 PM

 

August 

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods for August
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle 

Young Naturalists: Pond Life Explorations
Friday, August 1, 10:30 AM-noon or 1-2:30 PM
Fresh water is extremely important for life on an island surrounded by salt water. We’ll use nets and make viewing boxes to explore the waters of Sanctuary Pond, and see what we find! Be prepared to get your feet wet! Ages 4 and up. 

Summertime and the Living is Easy…
Saturday, August 2, 9:30-11 AM
Come for a 1.5 mile walk among the soft shad, fern glades and interspersed wetlands that hold a large variety of life. 
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Young Naturalists: Mammal Mia!
Friday, August 8, 10:30 AM-noon or 1-2:30 PM
Many animals that we know and love are mammals, just like us. Come learn what makes mammals tick, do a fun fur matching activity and make some plaster of Paris tracks to take home. Ages 4 and up. 

Sunset/Moonrise Paddle
Saturday, August 9, 7- 8:30 PM
A restful evening kayaking session will explore the marshes and coastlines of Mashomack, ending as the sun sets and the nearly full moon rises. We’ll visit the Log Cabin Creek aquaculture project and paddle Bass Creek as evening shadows fall. $30 includes all necessary equipment. 
Note: This program is open to adults and children ages 12 and up.

Environmental Education Program
Monday-Friday, August 11-15
See July 14 description. 

Nature Photography
Saturday, August 16, 5-7:30 PM
Mashomack Trustee Jim Colligan takes beautiful photos. Come with him during a normally off-limits time and learn the tricks of using light and shot selection to take amazing photos in nature. 
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Young Naturalists: Journey of a Butterfly
Friday, August 22, 10:30 AM-noon or 1-2:30 PM
The beautiful orange and black monarch butterflies are heading to Mexico for the winter. Come join artist Grace Markman and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, read the book Waiting for Wings, and make fun child-sized wings for each child to bring home. Ages 4 and up. 

Field of Dreams
Saturday, August 23, 9:30-11:30 AM
Mashomack’s meadows are gorgeous in their late summer splendor. Come explore the edges of the forest where wildlife gather, see blooming flowers and perhaps catch the spectacle of masses of tree swallows gathering for their flight south.
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Young Naturalists: Weather or Not
Friday, August 29, 10:30 AM-noon or 1-2:30 PM
Weather is all around us. Rainy, sunny, windy, or cloudy we all notice what is happening each day. Come read Bartholomew and the Oobleck then help act out a rainstorm, make an instrument to measure the wind, and make Oobleck of your own to take home. Ages 4 and up. 

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine
Saturday, August 30, 6:30-8 PM
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. 
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

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