New York

Events at Mashomack Preserve

 MASHOMACK PRESERVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Programs require pre-registration. Unless specifically noted, enjoy our programs for a free will donation. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-4219 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

While our programs may be of interest to all ages, please note the recommended audience. Some programs may require a waiver form.


May

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Come for a self-guided half-mile walk and read a story as you go! While out exploring, Liam discovers a hidden garden and decides to take care of it. Will he be able to transform a gray city into a green world?

Visitor Center Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, May 5, 1-2 PM
Adults and Youth ages 16 & up

The Mashomack Visitor Center relies on volunteers to help us staff our information center and small museum. If you like talking with people and sharing local nature knowledge we could use your help! Come to this session to find out more, or call 631-749-4219 to talk to Tom Damiani. Training provided.

“May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 6, 7-9 AM
Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Get in on the best birding of the year!  Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. We’ll identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars. Reservations & information: 631-749-4219 or MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.

Birds and Breakfast - Rise and Shine!
Saturday, May 12, 6-9 AM
Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Our annual early morning birdwatch and breakfast is an eye and ear-opener. Led by an expert birder, we will break into teams for a friendly competition to ID the most birds. The morning will culminate over a delicious breakfast in the Manor House. This special event is $35 for guided walk and breakfast. Limited number of Friday night accommodations in the Manor House available for TNC members $135/person for room, walk, and breakfast. Bring binoculars. Reservations & information: 631-749-4219 or MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.

“May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 20, 7-9 AM
Adults and Children ages 12 & up
See May 6 description. Reservations & information: 631-749-4219 or MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.

“May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 27, 7-9 AM
Adults and Children ages 12 & up

See May 6 description. Reservations & information: 631-749-4219 or MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.

Membership Open House and Hauling a Seine
Sunday, May 27, 4-7 PM
All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Please join us on the lawn of the 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. You may also celebrate the East End’s traditional seafaring heritage by helping to pull in a 300’ haul seine (fishing net). Striped bass, bluefish, porgies, and several species of crab may be caught. Reservations & information: 631-749-4219 or MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.

June

Mashomack Book in the Woods
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of Over in the Forest: Come Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! Learn the ways of forest animals, count the babies and search for hidden animals. Come and pounce like a fox, leap like a squirrel or scratch like a turkey.

Blue Trail Truck Tour
Adults and Children ages 12 & up
Saturday, June 9 | 6:30-8:30 PM
The 10-mile Blue Trail leads you through an oak forest, 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.

Summer Solstice Solitary Stroll – self guided
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Thursday, June 21 | Trails open dawn to dusk
Greet the dawn of summer with an early morning walk to hear the birdsong, or a late day ramble to enjoy the last light of day. Perfect for photographers looking for great light!

Birding by Ear along the Laspia Family Trail
Adults and Children ages 12 & up
Saturday, June 23 | 8-10 AM
The Laspia Family Trail along the shores of Sanctuary Pond is a hidden and great place to do some birding. Use both your ears and eyes to find and identify birds. Come learn the secrets of remembering the songs and calls of the birds in our area. Bring binoculars.

Summer Environmental Ed
Children ages 8-12
Monday –Thursday | June 25-28 9 AM-2 PM
NEW DATES! NEW HOURS! Hiking, muddling in a marsh, a canoe trip, and creating nature art are all part of Mashomack’s popular summer program. Increasing awareness of the natural world while having fun is the goal! For kids entering grades 3-7 in the fall. $250 per child. Scholarships available.

July

Mashomack Book in the Woods
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! Loggerhead turtles are found in the waters around Long Island. Read about the adventures one tiny turtle faces during its lifetime.

Young Naturalists: Muddling in the Marsh
Children ages 4 & up
Friday, July 6 | 10:30-noon
Come discover the many wonders of the salt marsh and learn why it is called the nursery of the sea. We’ll use seine and crab nets to find some unique marine creatures, and have fun! Come ready to get wet! Ages 4 and up.

Summer Environmental Ed
Children ages 8-12
Monday -Thursday, July 9-12| 9 AM-2 PM
See June 25-28 description

Family Fun: Fireflies in the Fields
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, July 14 | 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.

Nature’s Music: Session 1
Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children
Wednesday, July 18 | 9:30-10:15 AM
This summer spend four magical Wednesday mornings making music with your young child at Mashomack. Professional musician and certified Musikgarten teacher Marlene Markard of Markard Music will lead this joyous 4-session program. Sing, move, play instruments, and play musical games about and inspired by nature. Ages 16 months-4 years. Tuition and materials: $195.

Register

Young Naturalists: Snug as a Bug
Children ages 4 & up
Friday, July 20 | 10:30-noon
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.

Summer Kayak Trip
Adults and Children ages 12 & up
Saturday, July 21 | 9-noon
Warm weather means abundant marine life and an excellent chance to appreciate the productivity of Mashomack’s tidal creeks. Take this 3-hour paddle to explore the peaceful coastal waters surrounding the Preserve and learn about our marine preservation initiatives. $45/boat includes all necessary equipment.

Library in the Wild– Libraries Rock!
Children ages 3 & up
Tuesday, July 24 | 10-10:45 AM
Join Shelter Island’s children’s librarian Anthony Zutter at Mashomack! We will read a book and do a craft while enjoying the outdoors.

Nature’s Music: Session 2
Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children
Wednesday, July 25 | 9:30-10:15 AM
See July 18 description

Young Naturalists: Predator Olympics
Children ages 4 & up
Friday, July 27 | 10:30-noon
Can you flap your arms as fast as a bat? Or jump as far as a cougar? Come learn about predators, their place within the food web, and test your abilities against theirs. Come ready to be active! Ages 4 and up.

ANNUAL BENEFIT CELEBRATION—Stir It Up!

Saturday, July 28 | 6 PM

August

Mashomack Book in the Woods
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! An acorn drops from a great oak. Animals nibble at it, a fire nearly burns it, but it survives!

Nature’s Music: Session 3
Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children
Wednesday, August 1 | 9:30-10:15 AM
See July 18 description

Young Naturalists: Muddling in the Marsh
Children ages 4 & up
Friday, August 3 | 10:30-noon
Come discover the many wonders of the salt marsh and learn why it is called the nursery of the sea. We’ll use nets to find some unique marine creatures, and have fun! Come ready to get wet! Ages 4 and up.

Nature Photography

Adults and Children ages 12 & up
Saturday, August 4 | 5:30-7 PM
Mashomack volunteer Jim Colligan’s beautiful photos often grace the Shelter Island Reporter and our newsletter. 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.

Nature’s Music: Session 4
Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children
Wednesday, August 8 | 9:30-10:15 AM
See July 18 description

Young Naturalists: Traditional Native American Crafts

Children ages 4 & up
Friday, August 10 | 10:30-noon
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: Sculpture from Nature at the Andy Warhol Preserve
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, August 11 | 1-3 PM
Come to Montauk and visit the normally off-limits woods and beach of The Nature Conservancy’s Andy Warhol Preserve! Artist Grace Markman will lead us in building sculptures from found materials as we gather our inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean. Ages 7 and up.

Summer Environmental Ed
Children ages 8-12
Monday -Thursday, August 13-16 | 9 AM-2 PM
See June 25-28 description

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, August 18 | 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! We might find striped bass, bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder, and several species of crab. This demonstration of a traditional East End fishing method is appropriate for the whole family.

Library in the Wild – Libraries Rock!
Children ages 3 & up
Tuesday, August 21 | 10-10:45 AM
Join Shelter Island’s children’s librarian Anthony Zutter at Mashomack! We will read a book and do a craft while enjoying the outdoors.

Young Naturalists: Going Batty!
Children ages 4 & up
Friday, August 24 | 10:30-noon
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.

Green Expo at the SI American Legion Hall
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, August 25 | 11 AM-2 PM
Come visit the Mashomack table at the Shelter Island Green Expo on the grounds of the American Legion Hall. Hands-on displays will help show how to preserve our aquifer and bays and protect the Island for future generations.

Young Naturalists: Feathers for Lunch

Children ages 4 & up
Friday, August 31 | 10:30-noon
Even young children can recognize familiar birds, and enjoy learning about their feathered friends. We’ll read “Feathers for Lunch” and play a fun game to see if we can survive as birds! Ages 4 and up.

September

Mashomack Book in the Woods
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! Where can you find the wild? It can be in the city, or out in the country. Come explore and find out what wild is.

Beach Clean Up Day
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, September 15 | 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.

Welcome to Autumn
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, September 22 | 6-7 PM
Come to the shores of Bass Creek to watch the nearly full moon rise and the sun set. We will say goodbye to summer with a fire, drumming and a simple equinox ceremony.

Mashomack Point Paddle
Adults and Children ages 12 & up
Saturday, September 29 | 9-noon
Mashomack Point has a beautiful winding salt marsh, which is a joy to explore by selfpowered boats. We will use both canoes and kayaks to investigate this waterway of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. $45/boat includes all necessary equipment. Rain/wind date Sunday, Sept 30, 9 AM.

October

Mashomack Book in the Woods
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! Possum wants to celebrate the full harvest moon, but his friends are all busy preparing for winter. Will anyone come to his party?

Feed the Birds!
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, October 6 | 9:30-10:30 AM
Would you like to know how to attract and identify birds in your backyard? Learn the best bird feeding techniques and identifying tips while watching live birds at Mashomack’s lively bird window.

Fall Foliage Truck Tour
Adults and Children ages 12 & up
Saturday, October 20, 10-11:30 AM
With shortening days, the red maples and tupelos turn hues of red, while sassafras don shades of yellow. Come for a truck tour of Mashomack’s fields, forests and along the edges of our ponds and marshes to see what colors nature has to offer.

Family Fun: Nature’s Halloween Trail
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Saturday, October 27, 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.

November

Mashomack Book in the Woods
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberson are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! A little girl “rescues” a strange beast from the woods, but for some reason, the little beast is not happy. There are definitely two sides to this story.

Owl Prowl
Adults and Children ages 12 & up
Saturday, November 10 | 4:30-6 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. Join Tom Damiani on this search for nocturnal creatures. Bring binoculars and a flashlight.

Birds of Prey: A Live Animal Presentation
All ages, adults expected to accompany children
Friday, November 23 | 1-2 PM
A day-after-Thanksgiving treat for the whole family! Raptors have amazing adaptations that allow them to be incredible hunters. A Quogue Wildlife Refuge naturalist will entertain and amaze you with facts about our hawk and owl friends. Close up views guaranteed! Rain or shine.
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