Calendar

Apr
1
Sat
Who Lives Under a Rock? Children Ages 3-6
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am

Program Leader: Ashley Federici, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

As the seasons change and weather grows warmer, animals and insects seek shelter in places that are damp and cool, like the space between rocks and the soil below. Join Ashley for her favorite pastime—playing in the dirt—as we look for and learn about earthworms, pill bugs, millipedes, and whatever else we can find!

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Photo Credit: Crystal Oakes

The Benefits of Planting Native—It Matters! Adults
Apr 1 @ 2:00 pm

Program Leader: Xylia Serafy, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator      

Whether you’re thinking of sprucing up your garden or creating a sustainable backyard habitat, native plants have a lot to offer. Local development over the last century—the construction of new homes, factories, and shopping centers—has changed the landscape, once replete with native plants and ecologically productive habitats for many organisms, into landscaped lawns and gardens full of exotic and ornamental plants. Although aesthetically pleasing, the introduction of alien plant species is known to sever food webs, out-compete native plant species, and degrade the habitat of our remaining natural areas. Join Xylia for a discussion on the importance of using native plants on your property and learn just how easy it is to turn your backyard into a biologically diverse sanctuary!

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Apr
5
Wed
Museum Closed for Maintenance
Apr 5 all-day
Apr
8
Sat
Book Club—New Members Welcome! The Moth Snowstorm: Nature & Joy: Adults
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am

Club Leader: Lisa Kiss

We welcome new members to SoFo’s once-a-month discussion group featuring books about nature, science, and environmental issues. Join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and stimulating conversation. Club member’s book-suggestions are always welcome.

This month we’ll be discussing The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy. Andrea Wulf, in The New York Times Book Review, says, “McCarthy takes his readers on an idiosyncratic and wonderful walk through his joy of nature. Like some of the greatest nature books, from Thoreau’s Walden to Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, it’s a personal book that describes McCarthy’s own journey while at the same time folding his experiences within a broader context. …The Moth Snowstorm is an inspiring book, and I salute McCarthy for his boldness. Rather than the dire, dry statistical projections often heralded to make the case for conservation, he turns boldly to joy — to imagination and emotion.”

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Private SoFo Tour of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge & Nature Center: Family
Apr 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tour Leader: Quogue Nature Educator

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a 300-acre non-profit nature preserve founded in 1934, and is home to diverse wildlife. Open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset, there are seven miles of trails to explore as well as diverse habitats, including forests and ponds as well as the ecologically rare Dwarf Pines in the Pine Barrens. The Refuge’s main trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

The Outdoor Wildlife Complex houses permanently injured wildlife that require human care to survive including a bald eagle, owls, falcons, foxes and other native New York animals.

Inside the Charles Banks Belt Nature Center you will find a warm and friendly environment where you can observe wildlife through huge windows that overlook Old Ice Pond. A variety of exhibits, turtles, snakes, a touch table, a children’s room, and a sitting area with a beautiful view of the pond can be enjoyed inside of the Nature Center. Prior to becoming a wildlife preserve, the Quogue Ice Company harvested ice on Old Ice Pond. On the grounds you can visit the Ice Harvesting Museum that has authentic, century-old tools.

The Refuge is a great place to take the family—there’s something there for every family member. Please expect to make a $5 per person contribution to the Refuge for this tour.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

The Ins & Outs of Stingrays—Stingray Dissection: Adults/Children Ages 8+
Apr 8 @ 10:30 am

Workshop Leader: Lila Glansberg, South Fork Natural History Museum, Nature Education Intern

Stingrays are some of the coolest fishes swimming in the ocean, and are very common in Long Island waters! Do stingrays have scales? How are they different from other fish? Do they have a sense of smell? Get up close and personal with stingrays at this fun and educational program. We will be looking at both the internal and external features of stingrays and learning all about what makes them unique. Material fee: $20.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Photo Credit: Barry Peters

Apr
9
Sun
Bursting Buds—Let’s Look Inside: Children Ages 3-5
Apr 9 @ 10:30 am

Workshop Leader: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

In the spring, when the trees wake up and start growing again, their buds burst open with new green leaves. Let’s take a walk and search for new buds on tree branches. How many different ones can we find? What will the new leaves look like? We’ll collect and open some buds to look inside for new leaves and make twig prints to take home. Material fee: $3

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Apr
10
Mon
Scents of Spring Nature Walk with Melanie
Apr 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

We’ll take a walk in the SoFo field to experience the scents of spring in nature—damp woods, wet earth, mud, budding trees, newly cut green grass, evergreen tree sap, and learn a new word—“petrichor”—the smell in the air after a rain storm.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Photo Credit: Famartin

Apr
11
Tue
Signs of Spring Nature Walk with Ashley
Apr 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Let’s take a nature walk to look and listen for the signs of spring. Can you guess how our eyes and ears let us know its spring?

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Full Pink Moon Hike: Adults and Children
Apr 11 @ 8:30 pm

Hike Leader: Jean Dodds, Secretary, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

Cosponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

The Pink Moon’s name comes from the herb Moss Pink, or Wild Ground Phlox, which is one of the earliest and most widespread flowers of spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full-Sprouting Grass-Moon, the Egg Moon, and, among coastal tribes, the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn. Join us on this one-hour, leisurely paced hike through open-field trails … with convivial conversation and refreshments afterward.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy