The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo) is the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island.
SoFo is a family-friendly natural history museum of exploration and discovery for children and adults of all ages. Visitors are accompanied by the museum’s expert nature educators as they experience two floors of scientifically accurate galleries featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes; a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks; and terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, all of which engage the senses and bring the outdoors in.
The magic continues outside with SoFo’s Butterfly Garden, Native Wildflower Garden, Educational Pond, Purple Martin Gourds nesting sites and more. Visitors can take nature walks through the 40 acre Vineyard Field Preserve bordering the museum, and explore the six-mile trail system of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which features an expanse of interconnected ponds, woods and wetlands abounding with rare plants, animals, and ecological communities.
SoFo is highly regarded for its outstanding on and off-site educational programs led by the museum’s knowledgeable nature educators. Each year, over 250 programs for children and adults offer direct observation and hands-on experiences relating to the rich natural heritage of the area.
Please join us as we strive to raise environmental awareness by providing the tools for all of us to become caring and responsible stewards of our planet.