Cranes in Mashomack's Estuary
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Mashomack Young Naturalists Events

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The Young Naturalist series at Mashomack Preserve is geared toward children ages 4 and up.


Muddling in the Marsh

Friday, July 5, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Why do salt marshes smell like rotten eggs? Discover the wonders of this habitat and why it’s called the nursery of the sea. With clam rakes and seine and crab nets, we’ll find marine creatures, and have fun. Come ready to get wet. Ages 4 and up.


Osprey Observations

Friday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Learn about the fish hawk through hands-on artifacts, a fish-catching exercise, a short talk, and a fun game. We’ll have a chance to watch an active nest too! Ages 4 and up.


The Giving Tree

Friday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

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


Be Nice to Spiders

Friday, August 2, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Through a spider scavenger hunt, spiderweb relay, and the making of a climbing critter to take home, children ages 4 and up will appreciate the skills and beauty.


Turtle Time!

Friday, August 16, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

How do turtles prepare for fall and winter? We’ll discover their surprising methods and discuss the variety of turtles and their habitat. Children will create their own unique shell with crayons and poster board to wear on their backs. Ages 4 & up.


What if You Had Animal Teeth?

Friday, August 30, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Imagine if your front teeth fell out and were replaced by a beaver’s! Examine animal skulls, learn about different types of teeth, make a craft and play a fun game. Ages 4 and up.


Call the Mashomack Visitor Center at 631-749-4219 for further information or e-mail us at