Free Environmental Programs

All programs are FREE! Registration is required. E-mail npocchiare@brookhavenny.gov to make your reservation. Please provide your name, phone number, and number of people planning to attend with ages of children. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Registrants will be notified if cancelation due to inclement weather. View Flyer

Horseshoe Crab Walks - June 12

Cedar Beach Nature Center 2 pm

West Meadow Beach 10 am

Ancestors of modern day horseshoe crabs plied the Earth’s shallow seas over 400 million years ago. Come learn about these fascinating “living fossils” as we examine a live specimen and hike down the shoreline to their spawning areas.

Nature Walks - June 5 and July 3

West Meadow Beach - 10 am

Cedar Beach Nature Center - 2 pm

Please join us as we explore the unique ecology of the beach and salt marsh. We will learn about the different and overlapping ecosystems of flora and fauna, and the habitats that comprise this beautiful place. Please wear closed, comfortable shoes and bring binoculars if you have them.

Birding by the Beach - July 10

West Meadow Beach- 10 am

Cedar Beach- 2 pm

With their varied marine environments of shoreline, maritime shrubs, and salt marsh these peninsulas provide year-round homes, breeding opportunities and migratory stopover habitat for a host of bird species. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes to join us on our quest to observe many of our fine feathered friends.

Junior Environmental Stewards - Ages 11+

Be a Beach Steward for the day. The stewards will discover nature and the unique habitats of the beach and salt marsh as we engage in conservation projects, data collection, and species monitoring.

Diamondback Terrapin Turtle Watch - June 19 (Junior Steward Program)

West Meadow Beach - 10 am

Cedar Beach Nature Center - 2 pm

The Stewards will help track nesting diamondback terrapin turtles and collect data as part of an ongoing research program.

Junior Environmental Stewards ages 11+

Cedar Beach - 2pm

Osprey and Plover Walks- June 26 and July 31

West Meadow Beach - 9 am

This unique area provides breeding habitat for two important avian species, the Osprey, a species of Special Concern in New York, and the New York State Endangered Piping Plover. Take a guided walk along the beach to observe these awesome birds while learning about their natural history, including past and present conservation efforts.Bring binoculars and wear closed comfortable shoes.

Water Quality Sampling - July 17 (Junior Steward Program)

West Meadow Beach - 10 am

Cedar Beach Nature Center - 2 pm

The stewards will engage in water sampling of the salt marsh. The various tests will introduce the stewards to accurate data collection and analysis towards a conclusion regarding water quality. The program is brought to you in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Long Island Sound study.

Growing Up Wild- Ages 3-6

Cedar Beach June 26 - 12:30 pm and 2 pm

Cedar Beach June 31 - 12:30 and 2 pm

Parents and grandparents are invited to explore nature with their little ones. Each class will focus on a different nature topic and may include a story time, live animals and a related craft or activity.

Full Moon Walk

West Meadow Beach-July 23, 8 to 10 pm

Cedar Beach- July 22, 8 to 10 pm

Join this fun family walk as we learn about common moon phases and phrases, how the moon drives patterns on earth, and it's large role in cultures throughout civilization.