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. Registrants will be notified if cancelation due to inclement weather. View Flyer

Gee Golly Geology

March 26
West Meadow Beach - 10 AM
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center - 2 PM

We start our nature program series from the ground up. Join us for a geology lesson and guided walk of the peninsula. On this walking tour we will explore and observe the ever-changing topography that provides the foundation for distinct ecosystems and habitats of the beach and salt marsh.  

Return to Nature Walks

April 2
West Meadow Beach 10 AM
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 10 a.m. and 1p.m.

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.  

Arbor Day Walk

April 30
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 2 p.m.

Come join us as we take a closer look at the trees that shape the landscape and support the ecosystem on this beautiful north shore peninsula.  Bring binoculars to better see the birds and animals that live in or visit these trees.  

Birding by the Beach

April 9
West Meadow Beach - 10 AM
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 2 PM

Long Island is a popular stop over and nesting area for many avian species. Join us as we observe and identify the birds that spend time on our coast. Please wear closed comfortable shoes, bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

International Migratory Bird Day

May 14
West Meadow Beach - 10 AM
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 2 PM

Long Island is a popular stop over and nesting area for many avian species. Join us as we observe and identify the birds that spend time on our coast. Please wear closed comfortable shoes, bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

Every Day is Earth Day

April 23
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 10 AM and 2 PM

Families are invited to celebrate Earth Day with their little ones.  During the class we will discuss what kids can do to help save the planet, followed by some Earth Day fun, and a sneak peak of our Center.  For kids ages 3-10

Growing Up Wild

May 21
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 10 AM and 2 PM

Parents and grandparents are invited to explore nature with their little ones.  Each class will feature a nature topic, include a story telling, and may feature some live marine animals. For kids ages 3-6

Junior Environmental Stewards- Ages 11+

Animal Tracks- March 19
Cedar Beach Nature Center, 10 a.m.

Today’s goal will be to restore the animal tracks on the Nature Trail.  This amazing educational component will teach visitors for years to come about the animals they can find here, and how to identify their tracks.  

Native Plants- April 16
West Meadow Beach 10AM 
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 2 PM

During this lesson and activity, the stewards will learn about plants that are native to Long Island, how to care for them, and why planting native and encouraging our pollinators is so important.

Micro-Plastic & Data Collection- May 7
West Meadow Beach 10AM 
Cedar Beach- meet at Nature Center 2 PM

Our stewards will concentrate on finding and cataloguing tiny pieces of plastic hiding in the sands and seaweed of the beach. These microplastics are detrimental to all life in the water and on the shore.  Not only are the stewards helping to remove these troubling plastics, but the data collected will go towards helping us understand more about the plastic bits that are plaguing our seas and shorelines.