New York

Events at Mashomack Preserve


79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Note: Unless specifically noted, enjoy our programs for a free will donation. 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

Memorial Day Membership Party
Sunday, May 29 | 4 - 6 PM

Please join us on the lawn of 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.

Blue Trail Truck Tour
Saturday, June 11 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

The 10-mile Blue Trail leads you through oak forest, and meadows, and beside vernal and coastal ponds. 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.

After School Nature: Living Log
Wednesday, June 15 | 3 - 4:30 PM

Come explore the woods, roll over some logs and see what creepy crawlies we can find! Healthy snacks provided. Ages 4 & up.

Nearly Summer Kayak Trip
Saturday, June 18 | 9 AM - 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. $45 includes all necessary equipment.

Summer Solstice Welcoming
Monday, June 20 | 8 - 9 PM

The first day of summer corresponds to a full moon this year. Come to the shores of Bass Creek to watch the sun set and the moon rise. We will celebrate the longest day of the year with a fire, drumming and a simple summer welcoming ceremony.

Birding by Ear
Saturday, June 20 | 8 - 10 AM

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.

Young Naturalists: Mudding in the Marsh
Friday, July 1 | 10:30 AM - Noon, 1 - 2:30 PM

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.

Family Fun: Fireflies in the Fields
Saturday, July 2 | 8 - 9 PM

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.

Medicinal Plants with Sarah Shepherd
Sunday, July 3 | 1 - 4 PM

Trees are leafing, birds are flying, nature is bursting forth! Many things are changing as spring warms up, and we will learn about frogs and butterflies and their life cycles. We’ll take a short hike, do a fun craft and make a fun snack too! Ages 4 & up.

Young Naturalists: Osprey Observations
Friday, July 8 | 10:30 AM - Noon, 1 - 2:30 PM
Come learn about the fish hawk through hands-on artifacts, a fish catching exercise, a short talk and a fun game. Hopefully we'll have a chance to watch an active nest too! Ages 4 & up.

One Good Tern Deserves a Plover
Saturday, July 9 | 10 AM - Noon
Join Tom Damiani for a walk on Shelter Island’s Shell Beach. This is a historically significant nesting spot for the federally protected least terns and piping plovers. We will look for nesting birds and perhaps see some young while learning about some of the threats that these birds face.

Children's Environmental Education Program
Monday - Friday, July 11 - 15 | 9 AM - Noon

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. For children entering grades 3 – 7 in the fall. Reservations taken starting June 1. Cost – $135 per child.

Sunset \ Moonrise Paddle
Saturday, July 16 | 7 - 8:30 PM

A restful evening kayaking session will explore the marshes and coastlines of Mashomack, ending as the sun sets and the 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. 

Young Naturalists: What If You Had Animal Teeth?
Friday, July 22 | 10:30 AM - Noon, 1 - 2:30 PM

Imagine if your front teeth fell out and were replaced by a beaver's! Come examine some animal skulls, learn about how teeth help do amazing things, make a craft and play a fun game. Ages 4 & up.

Young Naturalists: Be Nice to Spiders
Friday, July 29 | 10:30 AM - Noon, 1 - 2:30 PM

Through a spider scavenger hunt, spider web relay and the makings of a climbing critter to take home, children ages 4 & up will learn to appreciate the skills and beautify of our eight legged friends.

Young Naturalists: The Giving Tree
Friday, August 5 | 10:30 AM - Noon, 1 - 2:30 PM

How many gifts do trees give us? We'll read the famous Silverstein book, then head out on a walk to meet some woody friends and get to know them better. Ages 4 & up.

Hummingbird Hunt
Saturday, August 6 | 10 AM - Noon

Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. Come learn a bit about their biology and behaviors, then have a chance to observe and photograph them at our Visitor Center feeders.

Children's Environmental Education Program
Monday - Friday, August 8 - 12 | 9 AM - Noon

See July's event description

Michael DiGiorgio: A Personal History of a Bird Artist
Saturday, August 13 | 2 - 3 PM

Michael DiGiorgio is a nationally recognized artist published in top birding magazines. Having painted since the age of 5 and committed to plein air painting, Mike will demonstrate how he captures field sketches of birds, and creates plates for field guides. A must for artists and bird lovers alike!

Young Naturalists: I Am an Artist
Friday, August 10 | 10:30 AM - Noon, 1 - 2:30 PM

Nature provides a wonderful studio for creative kids. We'll start by reading the book "I Am an Artist" then Grace Markman, NYC artist, will lead us on a short hike for a chance to do some observational drawing. All materials supplied.

Nature Photography
Saturday, August 20 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Jim Colligan’s beautiful photos often grace the Shelter Island Reporter and our newsletter. Come learn the tricks of using light and shot selection to take amazing photos in nature.

Young Naturalists: Bluebird, Bluebird in and out My Window
Friday, August 26 | 10:30 AM - Noon, 1 - 2:30 PM

Do you know what the New York state bird is? The bluebird! Come play a fun game, learn about how they nest, where they leave and make a fun craft. Ages 4 & up.

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine
Saturday, September 3 | 6:30 - 8:30 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! This demonstration of a traditional East End fishing method is appropriate for the whole family. A marshmallow roast will follow the haul.

Beach Clean-Up Day
Saturday, September 17 | 9 - 11 AM

You can make a difference! Join in the annual international coastal cleanup effort, which clears and categorizes the various marine debris found on our beaches. All ages welcome. Community service hours available.

After School Nature: Feeling Fishy
Wednesday, September 21 | 3 - 4:30 PM

What makes a fish a fish? We'll observe some live fish, learn about scales and tails, make fish prints and have a healthy snack. Ages 4 & up.

Mashomack Point Paddle
Saturday, October 1 | 9 AM - Noon

Mashomack Point has a beautiful winding salt marsh, which is a joy to explore by self-powered boats. We will use both canoes and kayaks to investigate this waterway of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. Kayaks $45; canoes $30, Includes all equipment. Rain/wind date Sunday, Oct 2, 9 AM.

After School Nature: Prowling for Owls
Wednesday, October 12 | 3 - 4:30 PM
Have you ever seen an owl? Come to Mashomack and learn about their "wise ways", dissect an owl pellet and have a hoot making a healthy snack. Ages 4 & up.

Owl Moon
Sunday, October 16 | 5:30 - 7 PM

Owls are most vocal and active at sundown. Come learn about this storied bird under a full moon and have a chance to hear and possibly see screech owls. Join Tom Damiani on this search for nocturnal creatures. Bring binoculars and a flashlight.

Family Fun: Nature's Halloween Trail
Saturday, October 29 | 5 - 6:30 PM

Who will be in the woods this year? Mashomack’s band of costumed characters changes every year. Arrive anytime 5-6:30 PM, allowing about 30 minutes to complete the trail. All ages welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight. Light refreshments following walk. Rain or shine.

Orienteering with Compass and Map
Saturday, November 12 | 10 - 11:30 AM

Orienteering is a fun activity that will challenge your ability to read maps and follow directions. We'll start with basic topographical map reading and compass skills then head into the woods to test our abilities. All equipment provided.

Reptiles: A Life Animal Presentation
Saturday, November 26 | 1 - 2 PM

A Thanksgiving weekend treat for the whole family! Lizards and turtles and snakes, oh my! A Quogue Wildlife Refuge naturalist will entertain and amaze you with facts about the very cool adaptations that reptiles have to survive in the world. Close up views guaranteed! Rain or shine.


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