Nature Conservancy / Mashomack: June & July Events & Activities


June & July 2018 / Events and Activities at Mashomack Preserve            

Photo by Jim Colligan

All programs require pre-registration. Contact the Mashomack Preserve office at  631-749-4219 or email; for reservations, meeting place, further information or membership. Reservations currently being taken.


Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods – June

Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes

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

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

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

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

Monday-Thursday, June 25-28  9 AM-2 PM

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.


Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods – July

One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies

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

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

Monday-Thursday , July 9-12


See June 25-28 description


Family Fun: Fireflies in the Fields

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

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.


Young Naturalists : Snug as a Bug

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

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!

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

Wednesday, July 25, 9:30-10:15 AM

See July 18 description


Young Naturalists: Predator Olympics

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.



Stir It Up!

Saturday, July 28, 6 PM




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