Calendar

Apr
26
Wed
Birding with Benefits for Seniors─Two-Part Program: Adults
PART ONE
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm

Workshop Leader: Barbara Blaisdell, Veteran Teacher, Parent, Naturalist, Artist, Long-time East Ender, South Fork Natural History Museum Board Member, and now … Accomplished Birder!

Barbara became an avid birder as a senior and a retiree in 2002. She spent many hours in field and forest and began to realize additional wonderful benefits from birding that she was reaping along the way.

Join her for this two-part program where you will learn the elements of beginning birding as well as all the other perks you gain as a birder. The first session will include binocular use, how to “spot” a bird, and how to bird by ear. The second session will put these skills into play during a bird walk and will take place on April 28 at 8:00 am. Binoculars required.

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

Apr
27
Thu
Museum Closed for School Group Visit: 10am-1pm
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Apr
28
Fri
Birding with Benefits for Seniors─Two-Part Program: Adults
PART 2
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am

Workshop Leader: Barbara Blaisdell, Veteran Teacher, Parent, Naturalist, Artist, Long-time East Ender, South Fork Natural History Museum Board Member, and now … Accomplished Birder!

Barbara became an avid birder as a senior and a retiree in 2002. She spent many hours in field and forest and began to realize additional wonderful benefits from birding that she was reaping along the way.

Join her for this two-part program where you will learn the elements of beginning birding as well as all the other perks you gain as a birder. The first session will include binocular use, how to “spot” a bird, and how to bird by ear and will take place on April 26 at 1:00 pm. The second session will put these skills into play during a bird walk. Binoculars required.

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

Apr
29
Sat
Seed Scientists: Story & Hands-on Activity: Children Ages 3-5
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am

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

What is a seed and where does it come from? What will it grow up to become? Join Xylia as she reads A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards to discover the answer to these questions. We’ll explore a variety of different kinds of seeds—different in shape, size, and color—and see how much fun it is to watch a seed grow! You’ll even have your very own seed—to take home with you and to care for—and a seed journal—to draw the differences you see as the seed grows! Material fee: $3

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

Photo Credit: USDA

Meet SoFo’s Diamonds—Get Up Close with One of Long Island’s Favorite Salt Marsh Animals, the Diamondback Terrapin: Children Age 6+
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm

Program Leader: Eleni Nikolopoulos, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

Do you know the difference between a terrapin, a turtle, and a tortoise? Find out when you join Eleni for an up-close meet and greet with SoFo’s resident Diamondback Terrapins. We’ll learn all about them and their natural habitat and even learn some tips on what you can do to help our native turtles.

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

Apr
30
Sun
Sharpening Your Observational Skills While Learning to Draw SoFo’s Live Plants & Animals: Adults and Teens
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am

Workshop Leader: Muriel Appelbaum. Muriel is a working artist with an MFA in Studio Art from Pratt Institute in NYC. She mostly draws from nature—landscapes, people, and live animals. See her artwork at www.murielappelbaum.com

Muriel’s workshop not only helps you to learn to draw the plants and animals you find at SoFo but, perhaps even more importantly, helps you hone your observational skills—important for all of us, but especially important for the naturalist. In this drawing workshop, Muriel will show you how to look closely at your subject to help you get started drawing what you see. She’ll give you some strategies to use that make this sometimes-challenging effort easy, fun, and successful. We’ve seen the results, and it works! Bring a 9”x12”drawing pad with a hard back for support, and two drawing implements—for example, a very soft (dark) pencil (4B is good), conté crayon, or ballpoint pen.

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

May
3
Wed
Museum Closed for Maintenance
May 3 all-day
May
6
Sat
Eighth Annual Peconic Family Fun Day: Free Children’s Environmental Carnival
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Held at the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE), across the street from the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).

This family fun day presents exhibits, programs, and hands-on activities sponsored by Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE), Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, Amber Waves Farm, Group for the East End, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Southampton Animal Shelter, and other environmental organizations. In addition to all the wonderful activities at CMEE, SoFo will host two easy-paced nature walks at the South Fork Natural History Museum to see the blossoms, birds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, and myriad plant and animal life that call Vineyard Field, the field behind the museum, home:

10:30am: Nature Walk Leader: SoFo Nature Educator

11:15am: Nature Walk Leader: SoFo Nature Educator

History of the Oyster in New York—East Hampton Shellfish Enhancement & Education Directive Lecture: Adults and Teens
May 6 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a lecture by Kim Tetrault of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SPAT (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) Program describing the fascinating history of the oyster in New York. In the early 1900s, New York, specifically the East End of Long Island, was a major epicenter for growing, harvesting and marketing the Eastern Oyster. The Industry was fueled by aquaculture practices even in its infancy. Kim will illustrate his talk with photos depicting the oyster community at the turn of the century and the rise of a new industry that continues to the present.

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

Photo Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society

May
7
Sun
Sharpening Your Observational Skills While Learning to Draw SoFo’s Live Plants & Animals: Adults and Teens
May 7 @ 10:00 am

Workshop Leader: Muriel Appelbaum. Muriel is a working artist, with an MFA in Studio Art from Pratt Institute in NYC. She mostly draws from nature—landscapes, people, and live animals. See her artwork at www.murielappelbaum.com

Muriel’s workshop not only helps you to learn to draw the plants and animals you find at SoFo but, perhaps even more importantly, helps you to hone your observational skills; important for all of us, but especially important for the naturalist. In this drawing workshop Muriel will show you how to look closely at your subject to help you get started drawing what you see. She’ll give you some strategies to use that make this sometimes-challenging effort easy, fun, and successful. We’ve seen the results, and it works! Bring a 9”x12”drawing pad with a hard back for support, and two drawing implements—for example, a very soft (dark) pencil (4B is good), conté crayon, or ballpoint pen.

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