Calendar

Apr
28
Sat
Nature and Bird-Watching Cruise—Birding with Frank: Adults & Children 10+
Apr 28 @ 9:45 am – 1:00 pm

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

Let’s venture by boat into the remote areas of Shinnecock Bay onboard Stony Brook University/Southampton’s 45-ft. research vessel, Peconic, and marvel at the wealth of migratory birds, waterfowl, and seals that inhabit the region at this time of year. We’ll cruise along areas of the salt marsh and sand flats that are not visible by land, and hopefully witness the activities of a variety of wildlife. Bring binoculars and a light snack. There is a fee of $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers for this program. The program is for adults, but children ages 10 and older may attend. Advance reservations necessary.

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

Sounds of Spring—Who’s Calling in My Backyard? Family
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: Wolfgang Wander

Program Leader: Crystal Oakes, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

As daylight increases and the temperatures rise, animals get ready for another productive year—for many animals, that means securing a good territory with plenty of food and shelter to raise a family. How do animals know if a tree or a pond or a flower is already occupied? They sing! Join Crystal for a family-friendly game to guess which birds, amphibians, and insects will be singing in our backyards in the coming months to find the right place to raise their families. After the game, we’ll test our ears with a listening walk in Vineyard Field, behind the museum, to find out who is out and about.

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

Apr
29
Sun
Let’s Make Kites—The Four Forces of Flight: Children Ages 8 & Older
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am

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

The four forces of flight—lift, thrust, drag, and weight—affect kites in the same way they affect airplanes and anything else that flies. In this workshop with Melanie, we’ll learn about these forces and how they work with kites. We’ll build our own kite to see how a kite’s size and shape create lift and thrust that balance weight and drag so our kite will fly high and in control.

Wind is always a big help when flying a kite, but we can make our kite move enough even indoors to see how it will fly outside. Material fee: $5

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 in Vineyard Field: Adults & Children
Apr 29 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

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. This program is free.

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

May
2
Wed
MUSEUM CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE
May 2 all-day
May
3
Thu
Museum Closed for School Group Visit: 10-11am
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
May
5
Sat
Ninth Annual Peconic Family Fun Day: Free Children’s Carnival
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cosponsored by the Children’s Museum of the East End, Peconic Land Trust, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

Join us at the Children’s Museum for this free annual carnival of environmentally themed crafts, activities, and family fun! Enjoy games, arts and crafts stations, seed planting, and more! Visit SoFo’s station, where you’ll uncover the secrets of a freshwater pond as you look through magnifying glasses and microscopes to discover the tiny animal and plant life found there. Make your own fish print t-shirt, enjoy the fun sounds of the Bridgehampton School’s Marimba Band, and explore CMEE—fun for the whole family! Rain or shine.

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

COME DRAW WITH US! Nature Drawing for Beginner & Intermediate Levels: Adults & Teens
May 5 @ 10:30 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

Do you think you’d enjoy drawing, but can’t seem to find the perfect time to do it? Come draw with us. If you’ve drawn before, come hone your skills in a comfortable and relaxed place and, if drawing is new for you, this is an enjoyable way to get started in an encouraging setting. 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.

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

Photo Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society

Program Presenter: Kim Tetrault of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SPAT (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) Program

Join us for this talk 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.

May
6
Sun
The Evolution of Avian Flight! A Nature Game: Children Ages 8 & Older
May 6 @ 10:30 am

Game Creator: Eleni Nikolopoulos, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

Why does a bird fly? Have you ever thought about it? Join us for an interactive game where we will learn about animal adaptation and the possible pathways that avian flight evolved from. Starting before Archaeopteryx, a primitive ancestor of the modern bird, participants will have to figure out the driving forces that pushed the formerly ground- or tree-dwelling species into the air. Going over the two main theories of the evolution of avian flight, participants will not only learn about evolution in a fun way but also learn to truly appreciate modern flying species and the journey they have taken to get to where they are today!

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