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 [email protected] 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 StewardJuly 21 and August 18 at 2:00 pmAges 11 and olderThis 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 WildJuly 7 and August 4 at 2:00 pmAges 3 to 5Parents 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 WalkAugust 24 at 7:00 pmAll agesWatch 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 WalksJuly 14 and August 11 at 2:00 pmAll agesJoin 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 BeachJuly 28 at 2:00 pmAll agesJoin us on our quest to observe many of our fine feathered friends. Binoculars, field guides and comfortable shoes recommended.
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