Calendar

Feb
25
Sat
Let’s Create—We’ll Make a Snow Globe: Family
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am

Workshop Leader: Ruby Jackson, Artist and Educator

Transform a small, ordinary jar into an original, one-of-a kind snow globe. First, we’ll make a small centerpiece out of Sculpey clay to put on the lid of our snow globe. We’ll fire the clay piece and, while it’s “cooking”, decide what kind of “snow” we want to use. Add water, and maybe a secret ingredient, a dash of glitter, seal, and shake. It’s fun for the whole family and you’ll have a delightful snow globe to take home or give as a gift. Material Fee: $6

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

Photo Credit: Jessica Lucia

Another Chance to Search for Seals: Family/Children 6+
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm

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

With the cold of winter, many northern animal visitors come to the South Shore of Long Island to find food, among them Pinnipeds—or seals. The three most common species of seals that visit Long Island at this time of year are Harbor Seals, Gray Seals, and Harp Seals. Join Xylia on a walk toward the bay at Cupsogue Beach County Park, where at low tide you can expect to see some of these seals sunning themselves on the distant sandbar. It may be cold and windy, so please bundle up.

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

Eastern Tiger Salamander Search with Andy: All Ages
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Walk Leader: Andy Sabin, President, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Board of Directors

Andy will take us into the nighttime woods in search of the largest of our native salamanders, the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this salamander as it makes its way to the pond to mate and to lay its eggs. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

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

Photo Credit: Richard Lewin

Feb
26
Sun
Hands-on Science—Magic with Water & Ice: Children 3-6
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am

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

Join Melanie for some supercool, science magic tricks. Can you pick up an ice cube without touching it? Build an ice bridge? Make an egg float in water? Try these tricks for yourself and put your science knowledge to work to explain the secrets behind the magic.

Mar
1
Wed
Museum Closed for Maintenance
Mar 1 all-day
Mar
4
Sat
Science Fair Idea—Carbon Sink or Source: Family/Children 8+
Mar 4 @ 10:30 am

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

Carbon is responsible for life as we know it but, with more and more being released into the atmosphere, our climate and environments are changing. What is carbon, what kind of carbon are we talking about, what’s the big deal about carbon, and why does it get such a bad reputation when it is responsible for our existence? Join Ashley for an activity to learn about carbon, its many forms, and what a carbon sink and source is. You’ll gain an understanding of what it means to be a sink or source—and why they matter.

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

Blue-spotted Salamander Search: All Ages
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm

Walk Leader: SoFo Nature Educators

Montauk’s vernal ponds are some of the few places in the world where the Blue-spotted Salamander, in its purebred form, can be found. Join SoFo on this nighttime expedition as we search for this unique native species. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

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

Photo Credit: Richard Lewin

Mar
5
Sun
Jewelry Making with an Amphibian Theme: Family/Children 6+
Mar 5 @ 10:30 am

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

First, we’ll observe a few of the amphibians housed at SoFo and learn about their characteristics. Then we’ll find out about the world’s amphibian populations, the natural processes and human practices that put them in danger, and what we can do about this. After, we’ll make some beautiful jewelry to remind us of our amphibian friends and that we need to raise awareness and help them to survive. 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: Cliff / CC BY 2.0

Mar
11
Sat
Birding with Frank—Pond & Bay Waterfowl: Adults/Teens
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am

Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

Southampton’s Dune Road is the perfect place to see a variety of freshwater and saltwater birds that prefer the calmer waters of the South Fork ponds and bays—rather than the ocean’s fury—this time of year. Mergansers, grebes, Canvasbacks, and Gadwalls will be on our list to see, as well as many other species. Bring binoculars and a field guide to birds of the Eastern United States (if you have one). This program is for adults and teens; however children ages 10 and older may attend.

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

Photo Credit: Dick Daniels

Another Search for the Blue-spotted Salamander with Andy: All Ages
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm

Walk Leader: Andy Sabin, President, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Board of Directors

Here is another opportunity to join SoFo’s “Salamander Commander” Andy Sabin on an additional nighttime expedition as we search for this unique native salamander species. Montauk’s vernal ponds are some of the few places in the world where the Blue-spotted Salamander, in its purebred form, can be found. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

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

Photo Credit: Richard Lewin