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.

Please call if you have a question about the suitability of a program for a particular participant. Some programs may require a waiver form.

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 Crab Moon by Ruth Horowitz are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woodsUnder the full moon on a June night, Daniel’s mother wakes him up to see the extraordinary sight of horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach, just as they have every spring for millions of years.

Registration begins for Summer Children’s Environmental Education Program

Children ages 8-12

Thursday, June 1 | 9 AM

Mark your calendars! The popular Children’s Environmental Education Programwill be held from 9 AM-noon on July 10-14 and August 14-18. Register by phone at 631-749-4219 for either session. Fills very quickly, CALL AT NINE on June 1 to ensure your child’s place!

After School Nature: Eggstravanganza!

Children ages 4 & up

Wednesday, June 7 | 3-4:30 PM

Come for a nature egg hunt! Birds are feathering their nests, turtles are starting to prowl, and nature is bursting out all over. Healthy snack provided. Ages 4 & up. 

Blue Trail Truck Tour

Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Saturday, June 10 | 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.

Mashomack 10K Walk

Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Saturday, June 17 | 9-noon

While there is no running at Mashomack, the beautiful 6-miles/10K Green Trail passes through oak-hickory forest, has views of rolling meadows and leads you right by the newly renovated Manor House. Bluebirds, osprey and even bald eagles are possible sightings on this guided walk. Bring water and a snack.

Summer Solstice Solitary Stroll (self guided)

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Wednesday, June 21 | 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

Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Sunday, June 25 | 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.

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 The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods!So many things are going on in an oak tree- chipmunks, ants, leaves are all here! Great illustrations and simple rhyming text make this great read-along.

Summer Kayak Trip

Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Saturday, July 1 | 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 includes all necessary equipment.   

Young Naturalists: Weather or Not

Children ages 4 & up

Friday, July 7 | 10:30-noon AM 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: Full Moon Walk

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, July 8 | 7:30-9 PM

Being in the woods at night can be a magical experience.  We will listen for katydids, watch for foraging bats or roaming raccoons, smell the difference between the woods and the wetlands and feel the power of the great outdoors. Bring flashlights (although we'll try not to use them). 

Environmental Education Program

Children ages 8-12

Monday-Friday, July 10-14

Hiking, muddling in a marsh, a boat 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. Fee is $150.

Nick’s Night Bugs

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Sunday, July 16 | 7:30-9 PM

Moths, beetles and flies are all night active insects which might be drawn to a black light. Nick Hamblet is an amateur naturalist whose interest in birds and bugs has made him a local expert. Join Nick for a short talk and walk to listen to listen to night callers and return to some very cool creepy-crawly fun!

Nature’s Music: Parent-child music and nature immersion program - Session 1

Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children

Wednesday, July 19 | 9:30-10:15 AM

This summer spend four magical Wednesday mornings making music with your toddler 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. Don’t miss this unique experience to connect with music and nature!

Young Naturalists:  Muddling in the Marsh

Children ages 4 & up

Friday, July 21 | 10:30-noon AM or 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 nets to find some unique marine creatures, and have fun! Come ready to get wet! Ages 4 and up.

Nature’s Music - Session 2

Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children

Wednesday, July 26 | 9:30-10:15 AM

See July 19 description.

Young Naturalists: Mammal Mia!

Children ages 4 & up

Friday, July 28 | 10:30-noon AM 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.

ANNUAL BENEFIT CELEBRATION

Mashomack in Bloom: A World Where People and Nature Thrive

Adults

Saturday, July 29 

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 Creature Features by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods!Ever wonder why pandas have black eyes? You will love the great, funny explanations as 25 animals explain why they look the way they do.

Nature’s Music - Session 3

Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children

Wednesday, August 2 | 9:30-10:15 AM

See July 19 description.

Young Naturalists: Creature Feature

Children ages 4 & up

Friday, August 4 | 10:30-noon AM or 1-2:30 PM

How would you survive if you had to live underwater? Or could only eat insects? Or didn’t have hands? We’ll go for a short hike to look for some fantastic creatures, then come back and make our own!  

Summertime and the Living is Easy…

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, August 5 | 9:30-11 AM

Step away from the busy beach scene into the quiet of the summer woods. Soft shade, fern glades, and interspersed wetlands hold a large variety of life. Come for a 1.5 mile walk and take time to stop and watch the chipmunks!

Nature’s Music - Session 4

Ages 16 months-4 years, adults expected to accompany children

Wednesday, August 9 | 9:30-10:15 AM

See July 19 description.

Young Naturalists: Pond Life Explorations

Children ages 4 & up

Friday, August 11 | 10:30-noon AM 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 if we can find some frogs, turtles and whirligig beetles! Be prepared to get your feet wet! Ages 4 and up. 

Lemonade Talk and Twilight Walk

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, August 12 | 7:30-8:30 PM

Come sip lemonade in the cool of the Manor House porch, then take a short walk along the shores of Bass Creek as the sun sets. We will listen for and learn about katydids, crickets and other crepuscular creatures as dusk settles over the preserve.

Environmental Education Program

Children ages 8-12

Monday-Friday, Aug 14-18

See July 10-14 description.

Field of Dreams

Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Sunday, August 20 | 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. 

Young Naturalists: Journey of a Butterfly

Children ages 4 & up

Friday, August 25 | 10:30-noon AM 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 lifecycle 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.

Green Expo at the SI American Legion Hall

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, August 26 | 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.

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 Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! Miss Maple loves to collect seeds, then keep them safe until they are ready to sprout on their own. Come see where the seeds end up! 

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, September 2 | 6:30-8:00 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! 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. 

Beach Clean Up Day

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, September 16 | 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: Fall Flurry

Children ages 4 & up

Wednesday, September 20 | 3-4:30 PM

With acorns, hickories and fall berries all ready for the eating, chipmunks, squirrels and other creatures are in a tizzy gathering food for the upcoming winter. Come search for critters, find and collect some nuts, and enjoy an acorn themed snack! Ages 4 & up. 

Mashomack Point Paddle

Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Saturday, September 30 | 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, Oct 1, 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 Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! How do you know that autumn is on its way? Trees and birds will give you clues! Come say goodbye to summer.

Owl Prowl

Adults and Children ages 12 & up

Sunday, October 15 | 5:30-7 PM

Owls are most vocal and active at sundown. Come learn about this 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.

After School Nature: Colors of Nature

Children ages 4 & up

Wednesday, October 18 | 3-4:30 PM

Sassafras are turning yellow while sour gum has beautiful deep red leaves. Come and discover the season’s colors while going on a color scavenger hunt, collecting leaves, making a special leaf placemat to bring home. We’ll enjoy some Jello jigglers leaf snacks too - yum! Ages 4 & up. 

Family Fun: Nature’s Halloween Trail

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, October 28 | 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 When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! "Where oh where do the leaves all go/when winter comes and the cold winds blow?" Come find out what flowers, fish and others go too!
 

If I Could Turn Back Time Full Moon Walk

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, November 4 | 7-8:30 PM

Come take a night hike along the normally off-limits Major’s Harbor shoreline and adjoining forest.  An unfamiliar trail, the full moon rising in the east and the partly bare trees will make for an unusual time at

Mashomack. Bring flashlights (although we'll try not to use them). 

Creatures of the Night: A Live Animal Presentation

All ages, adults expected to accompany children

Saturday, November 25 | 1-2 PM

 

A Thanksgiving weekend treat for the whole family! A Quogue Wildlife Refuge naturalist will entertain and amaze you with facts about the very cool adaptations that reptiles, owls and opossums have to thrive in the night.  Close up views guaranteed! Rain or shine.

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