Calendar

Jul
23
Tue
Build an Underwater Remote Operated Robot with OceansWide—Engineering Workshop: C9+
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Program Leaders: Engineers from OceansWide, Melanie Meade, SOFO Education and Outreach Coordinator

 Learn how remote-controlled underwater vehicles (ROVs) work and how these robot machines help scientists explore the oceans from our near-shore bays to the deepest abyss. Young marine engineers will construct a working model ROV and pilot their craft in a real-world exploration underwater in Sag Harbor. This enrichment experience is free, thanks to the support of an anonymous donor. Students should bring a bag lunch and sunscreen. Transportation to the beach in the afternoon and back to the museum by 4 pm will be provided. Limited space available. Maximum, 12 children.

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

Jul
24
Wed
Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meeting
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm

Coleaders: Elizabeth “Missy” Rasor and Beverley Murphy

SOFO is hosting the Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meetings of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association at 6:30 pm on the following days: Wednesday, July 24, August 28, and September 11 and 25.

These group gatherings will provide the following—support, education, resources, hope, referrals, advocacy, and science. The meeting is intended for those suffering from Tick-Borne Diseases, their families, and their friends, as well as those who are simply interested in finding out more about Tick-Borne Diseases. Interested participants should contact either Missy at (631) 413-1394 or Beverley at (917) 734-4092 prior to each meeting for changes or cancellations. 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.

Jul
27
Sat
All About Long Island’s White Shark Research: All Ages
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am

Photo Credit: Chris Paparo @fishguyphotos

Program Presenter: Chris Paparo, member of SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program

 Long Island’s coastal waters have an abundance of sharks, and we know very little about them all. In 2015, a small group of researchers were the first to deploy a satellite tag on a juvenile great white shark off Long Island’s south shore. Over the subsequent two summers, a partnership with OCEARCH enabled them to tag an additional 20 white sharks off Montauk. In this presentation, you will learn about the sharks and the continued work of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Shark Research and Education Program.

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

Art Hike for Tick Bite Safety & Awareness—Poster Contest Winner Announced!
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Credit: Tick Wise Education

Tick-Wise Education president, April Nill-Boitano, MSEd, and East End Tick & Mosquito Control president, Brian Kelly, are proud to host the Art Hike for Tick Awareness at SOFO, the South Fork Natural History Museum, a free, family-friendly event, open to the public.

Over the last few months, Tick-Wise Education has held a poster contest, Tick Bite Safety Awareness, for children. The contest, created by Boitano and Legislator Bridget Fleming, showcases all of the things Suffolk County children have learned this spring from the Tick-Wise Education Program.

The winning posters of the 2019 contest will be displayed on the beautiful back lawn of the museum—Vineyard Field — and after this event will be placed in the Suffolk Country Parks’ kiosks for the entire season to warn campers and hikers of the dangers of ticks.

The afternoon will feature an “art hike” through Vineyard Field, tick bite prevention strategies presented by local experts, and information on how to check for ticks and how to safely remove them.

At the event, the first place winner of the poster contest will be announced and prizes will be awarded.

This event will be held rain or shine.

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

SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm

Program Presenter: Frank Quevedo, South Fork Natural History Museum Executive Director

Join Frank for an in-depth talk and discussion about SOFO’s Shark Research and Education program. He will bring you up-to-date about the program’s activities as well as the research aspect of the program.

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

Jul
28
Sun
Birding with Frank at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center: Adults & Teens
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Credit: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

Program Presenter: Frank Quevedo, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Executive Director

Cosponsor: Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

The woods, fields, wetlands, and surface waters of the Long Pond Greenbelt provide nesting, foraging, and resting habitat for a rich diversity of avian life. More than 125 species of birds regularly use the Greenbelt for all or part of the year. Join us, as Frank presents a PowerPoint presentation on the various bird species found in this magnificent habitat. The talk will be followed by a leisurely walk from the nature center down to Crooked Pond, to observe some bird life. Bring your binoculars!

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

Salt Marsh Safari at Munn Point Preserve—Beach Walk: All Ages
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Program Presenter: Melanie Meade, SOFO Education and Outreach Coordinator

Pull a seine net in the water and dig in the sand to see what creatures live in a salt marsh. Discover how animals need to adapt to survive in this habitat and why it is so important to many kinds of fish and shellfish. Wear bathing suit/shorts and water shoes, bring sunscreen, a towel, water, and a light snack.

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

Summer Bugs of Vineyard Field: All Ages
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm

Photo Credit: Miles Todaro

Field Walk Leader: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator

 With habitats like grasses, trees, ponds, and fallen logs, Vineyard Field behind the museum is an excellent place to find a great diversity of bugs. Join Miles on this exploration of the field to learn all about the insects and other arthropods you can find in it at this time of year. Learn how to distinguish centipedes and millipedes, beetles and bugs, and countless other native creepy crawlies!

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

Aug
3
Sat
Dragonfly/Damselfly Walk & Identification: Adults/Children 8+
Aug 3 @ 10:30 am

Credit: Miles Todaro

Annette has been surveying dragonflies and damselflies since 2005 and was trained for the “New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey,” a project of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NY Natural Heritage Program. On this walk to a local pond, she will cover the basics of Odonate life cycle, habitat, and identification, while instructing you on observation skills and the proper technique of netting, for studying, then releasing, these amazing flying insects. Wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet.

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

Pond Life Exploration—Hands-on & Up Close: All Ages
Aug 3 @ 2:30 pm

Credit: Miles Todaro

Exploration Leader: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator

Ever wondered what lurks in the depths of the ponds of Vineyard Field? Come learn what life makes its home in our local ponds. We’ll be exploring the vernal pond right behind the museum and learning all about everything we can find living at the bottom of it.

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