Calendar

Sep
28
Sat
Nature Walk—SoFo To Mashashimuet Park: Adult/Teen
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am

Credit: Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

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

Join Frank on this approximately two-hour leisurely paced walk through the Long Pond Greenbelt from the South Fork Natural History Museum along the Widow Gavitts Trail, passing the beautiful coastal plain ponds of the Greenbelt, and ending at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. A walk through the Long Pond Greenbelt, which contains one of the highest concentrations of rare plants and animals in New York State, is a perfect way to spend an autumn morning. Be sure to bring water and a snack. Heavy rains cancel.

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

Sep
29
Sun
Peconic River Paddle—BYOK (Kayak, or Canoe): Adults/Children 10+
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Paddle Leader: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Education & Outreach Coordinator

Paddle along the shore of Peconic Lake, a riverside—or riparian—habitat on a section of the Peconic River that is rich with songbirds, wading birds, turtles, and early fall colors. Meet at NYS Department of Environmental Conservation launch site, South River Road, Calverton.

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

Oct
2
Wed
Museum Closed for Maintenance
Oct 2 all-day
Oct
5
Sat
Andy’s Annual Salamander Log Rolling: All Ages
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am

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

On this annual walk with Andy, aka “Mr. Salamander,” you’ll discover some unusual creatures that live in the leaf litter on the forest floor under the rotting logs. In particular, he’ll introduce you to two of our unusual native salamanders: the Blue-spotted, which can be found in its purebred form on Long Island, only in Montauk; and the other, the Four-toed, whose tail drops off when it is grasped at the tail by a predator. This walk is particularly popular with children.

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

Oct
6
Sun
Explore a Woodland Trail Like a Naturalist: Adults/Teens/Children 5+
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am

Walk Leader: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Education & Outreach Coordinator

Create your own scavenger hunt and become more aware of nature by listening, looking and noticing animals, plants and fungi.

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

Oct
12
Sat
Long Pond Greenbelt 21st Annual Free Family Celebration—Hike—Play—Explore: Discover the Long Pond Greenbelt! All Ages
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cosponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG), Peconic Land Trust, & South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)

Bring the children for a morning exploration at the 21st Annual Celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt! Enjoy guided trail walks, play games, make crafts, and participate in a wide variety of activities provided by local environmental and community organizations including: Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE), Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, Group for the East End, Hampton Library, Look to Save Animals, Peconic Land Trust, Quality Parks, South Fork Natural History Museum, Southampton Community Preservation Fund, Southampton Parks and Recreation, Southampton Trails Preservation Society/Horses on Trails, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

The Celebration will be held in Vineyard Field, behind the SOFO Museum at 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. For more information and to RSVP, please contact FLPG at 631-745-0689.

  • 10:00am – Go birding in Vineyard Field.
  • 11:00am – Meet the animals from Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
  • 12:00pm – Search for reptiles with Snakeman Chris Chapin.

Complimentary ice cream and refreshments for all. FREE.  Rain or Shine.

World Migratory Bird Day—Birding with Frank: Adults/Children 8+
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am

Photo Credit: Geoff Clarke

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

World Migratory Bird Day is an annual world-wide event, highlighting the need for, the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Celebrated on May 11th and October 12th, 2019, this year’s theme is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution”.  Join Frank on a guided bird walk in the field behind the museum, an essential part of the busy east coast flyway for many migrating bird species. This is a free program.

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

SOFO Cleans the Beach—Join us at Havens Beach, Sag Harbor: All Ages
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm

Cleanup Crew: SOFO Environmental Educators

Did you know it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down in the ocean? Every day thousands of tons of waste and trash are dumped into oceans worldwide. Not only does this waste harm—and sometimes kill—the marine life we know and love, it makes its way up the food chain into the food we eat, hurting humans as well. In just one hour, you can help make the beach a cleaner and safer place for everyone! Please join us in our efforts to keep our hometown beaches pollution-free! This is a free program.

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

Oct
13
Sun
Passerine Fall Migration Walk for Adults
Oct 13 @ 7:30 am

Photo Credit: William H. Majoros

Walk Leader: Joe Giunta, birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, trip leader for New York City Audubon and lecturer for many local chapters, and owner of Happy Warblers LLC, a birding and educational travel company

The first Canadian cold weather fronts come through our area at this time of year, bringing with them waves of migrating passerines (perching birds). Most of these birds migrate at night but, during the day, they alight to feed and rest. Join Joe, expert birder and delightful instructor, on this, one of his most popular walks.

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

Full Hunter’s Moon Hike with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt: All Ages
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt & South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)

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

Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. Leaves are falling from trees, deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally harvested in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that came out to eat the fallen grains. Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO), and afterward for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonlight. This is a free program.

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