New York

Fall 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

 Family Fun: Hauling a Seine
Saturday, September 5 | 6:15-8:00 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.

Beach Clean Up Day
Saturday, September 12 | 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. Help prevent sea turtles, seals and birds from being injured by trash while beautifying our coastline. All ages welcome. Community service hours available.

After School Nature- First Day of Autumn
Wednesday, September 23 | 3-4:30 PM

Fall is a special time. We will take a hike to explore the world of seeds- what kinds are there? How do they spread? We’ll make a journey stick as we explore, tucking nature tidbits onto a special walking and memory stick. We’ll even make some fun fall-themed snacks! Ages 4 and up.

Mashomack Point Paddle
Saturday, September 26 | 9-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, Sept 27, 9 AM. *rescheduled from October 3.

After School Nature: Hide and Seek Hibernation
Wednesday, October 14 | 3-4:30 PM

Critters are dashing about stashing nuts and other food for the winter. Come hunt for and meet some animals that hang out in holes, dens, and burrows! We’ll build a shelter, play some fun games and make a chipmunk snack. Ages 4 & up.

Owl Prowl
Saturday, October 17 | 6-7:30 PM

Owls are most vocal and active at sundown. Come learn about these storied birds and have a chance to hear and possibly see screech owls - what could be better for the Halloween time of year? Join Tom Damiani on this search for nocturnal creatures. Bring binoculars and a flashlight.

Family Fun: Nature’s Halloween Trail
Saturday, October 24 | 5-6:30 PM

Who will be in the woods this year? Mashomack’s band of costumed characters changes every year, and each has fun facts to share. Our theme is night creatures and “scary” natural phenomenon. 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.

Major’s Harbor Beach and Forest Walk
Saturday, November 7 |10-11:30 AM

The normally off-limits Major’s Harbor shoreline and adjoining forest are a great place to see autumn’s splendor. Goldenrod and other late fall flowers, nuts, some berries and foliage are all likely to be seen.

Birds of Prey: A Live Animal Presentation
Saturday, November 28 | 1-2 PM

A Thanksgiving weekend treat for the whole family! Are owls really wise? Can hawks really take chickens? What are birds of prey anyway? Come meet the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s live birds while answering these questions. Rain or shine.


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