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Posted on: July 3, 2018

2018 Summer Nature Programs at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai

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Farmingville, NY – Councilwoman Jane Bonner has announced the 2018 schedule of Summer Nature Programs at the Town’s Marine Environmental Stewardship Center at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. All programs are free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, e-mail Environmental Educator Nicole Pocchaire at Please leave your name, phone number, and the number of people attending. Groups will meet at the Marine Environmental Stewardship Center. Please park in the Cedar Beach main lot and walk to the center. Use the trail starting by the basketball courts. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Programs will not run in inclement weather.

Councilwoman Bonner said, “Cedar Beach is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Brookhaven Town. It’s a wonderful place to get up close and personal with nature and the best way to do it is to participate in our Summer Nature programs. I encourage everyone to take advantage of all the Town has to offer this summer and throughout the year.”

The Marine Environmental Stewardship Center is located at Cedar Beach behind the basketball courts and is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is also open during September and October, Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and November through April by appointment only by calling 631-751-6714. Visitors can enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk, outdoor touch tanks and indoor aquariums containing native marine life and indoor interactive touch screens that help make learning about fun. The 2018 schedule of Summer Nature Programs are:

•Junior Beach Steward
July 21 and August 18 at 2:00 pm
Ages 11 and older
This program will give participants an opportunity for hands-on discovery of the unique beach and marsh ecosystems. Not only will we hike, explore, and try to solve nature's mysteries, but we will engage in conservation efforts like species monitoring, clean-ups and plantings.

•Growing Up Wild
July 7 and August 4 at 2:00 pm
Ages 3 to 5
Parents and grandparents are invited to explore nature with their little ones. Each class will focus on a different nature topic and will include a story time, live animals and a related craft or activity

•Full Moon Walk
August 24 at 7:00 pm
All ages
Watch the sun set and the full moon rise on this fun family walk. Learn common moon phases and phrases, how moon cycles impact nature and which nocturnal animals call the beach home. Flashlights and insect repellent recommended.

•Nature Walks
July 14 and August 11 at 2:00 pm
All ages
Join us for a guided walk along the beach and trail to experience our unique ecosystems and varying habitats. Binoculars and comfortable shoes recommended.

•Birding by the Beach
July 28 at 2:00 pm
All ages
Join us on our quest to observe many of our fine feathered friends. Binoculars, field guides and comfortable shoes recommended.

Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor
One Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595

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