Farmingville, NY - Earth Day was April 22 this year, but in the Town of Brookhaven, every day is Earth Day. Regular environmental events and programs are scheduled throughout the spring and summer for nature lovers of all ages at West Meadow Beach in Setauket and Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. If you have a school class, scouting organization or other community group interested in participating in environmental education, please contact the Town of Brookhaven Division of Environmental Protection at 631-451-6455.
The first photo shows birdwatchers at Cedar Beach.
In the second photo, Liam Schibi, a Boy Scout from Troop 204, installed 8 monofilament receptacles at Mt. Sinai Harbor and Cedar Beach as part of his Eagle Scout project. These collection points will help to keep fishing line from contaminating waterways and posing hazardous conditions to marine life. They will also serve as awareness to visitors that we would like to conserve our precious shorelines.
The third photo shows 2nd grade students at Lynwood Avenue Elementary School on a recycling mission. It was the focus of their Project Learning and they are determined to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and raise awareness about recycling in their community.
The fourth photo (Cedar Beach) and fifth photo (West Meadow Beach) show nesting ospreys during a recent bird watching event.
The Mount Sinai Marine Environmental Stewardship Center (MESC) is located in Mount Sinai, within the Town's Beach / Marina complex at Cedar Beach. The mission of the MESC is to provide residents with a place to enjoy and experience the natural environment and to gain an understanding in the role that we play in its protection and conservation. The MESC has living displays that include aquariums and an outdoor touch tank; interactive interior displays using touch screen monitors, and a submarine room where touch screen computers provide an animated view of aquatic life in the Long Island Sound. A 700-foot long boardwalk allows you to take a walk within the dune system and interpretative signs along the way introduce you to the plants that make this a critical habitat. Groups may request a tour by calling 631-451-6639.
West Meadow Beach Spring Environmental Programs include Junior Junior Beach Stewards (ages 11 and up), Growing Up Wild Nature Exploration (ages 3 to 5) and programs for all ages such as Full Moon Walks, Horseshoe Crab Walks, Ospreys and Plover Walks, Birding by the Beach, Nature Walks, and more. Visit our Environmental Programs page for more information about Environmental and Nature programs at Cedar Beach and West Meadow Beach.
Division of Public Information - Office of the Supervisor
One Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738