The Nature Conservancy / Mashomack Preserve: August & September Programs



August & September 2018 – Events and Activities at Mashomack Preserve

Monarch Butterfly  Photo by Jim Colligan


All programs require pre-registration. Call or email: 631-749-4219 for reservations, meeting place, further information or membership.


Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods – August

In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony

An acorn drops from a great oak. Animals nibble at it, a fire nearly burns it, but it survives!


Young Naturalists: Muddling in the Marsh

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

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.


Young Naturalists: Traditional Native American Crafts

Wednesday, August 8, 9:30-10:15 AM

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

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

Monday -Thursday, August 13-16


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.


Family Fun: Haul Seine

Saturday, August 18, 6:30-8 PM

Come help give a hand pulling a 300’ haul seine (fishing net) 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!

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!

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

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

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.


Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods – September
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd

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

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

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

Saturday, September 29, 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.

$45/boat includes all necessary equipment.

Rain/wind date Sunday, Sept 30, 9 AM. 


Mashomack Preserve
79 South Ferry Rd
PO Box 850
Shelter Island, NY 11964 



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