Calendar

May
1
Sun
SOFO’S Annual Balloons for Sharks Tournament
May 1 @ 12:00 am – Jun 30 @ 11:45 pm
Jul
2
Sat
Printing in the Sun with Artist Andrea Cote: This program is for children ages 6 and older with an adult. @ SOFO
Jul 2 @ 10:30 am

Printing in the Sun with Artist Andrea Cote: This program is for children ages 6 and older with an adult.

Workshop Leader: Andrea Cote, artist

One of the earliest forms of photography, cyanotypes use sunlight to make print magic! Through this fusion of art & science, we’ll explore various methods of creating imagery using natural elements, drawing and collage. In this one hour, mostly outdoor workshop, participants will experiment and collaborate to create beautiful blue works of art.

Material fee: $5.

There is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. There is also a material fee of $5. Members only pay material fee.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735.

Jul
3
Sun
Observing Ospreys – Watching the First Flight of a Young Osprey: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 8 and older. @ Sag Harbor
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am

Observing Ospreys – Watching the First Flight of a Young Osprey: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 8 and older.

Program Leader: Melanie Meade, SOFO Education & Outreach Coordinator

In early July, Osprey chicks are almost big enough to begin to fledge (when young birds first begin to fly). They start by exercising their wing muscles while still on their nest. Adult Osprey parent birds will perch in a nearby tree and whistle encouragement to the young birds until suddenly they fly off the nest under their own wing power. If we are lucky, we may see a first flight!

There is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735.

Make Your Own Fish Print T-Shirt & Learn About Local Fishes: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 5 and older with an adult companion @ SOFO
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am

Make Your Own Fish Print T-Shirt & Learn About Local Fishes: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 5 and older with an adult companion

Workshop Leaders: Sue and Al “Big Time” Daniels.

In this popular, delightful—and what has become annual—hands-on workshop, children and their adult companions will learn about the variety of fishes in our waters while making their own colorful fish-print T-shirts to take home and wear with pride. There is a materials fee of $12 per person for T-shirt and supplies. Please bring a smock or cover-up. Limited enrollment, please reserve now.

There is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. There is also a material fee of $12. Members only pay material fee.

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

Jul
6
Wed
SOFO Nature & Bird Watching Cruise on the R/V Peconic: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 10 and older. @ Southampton
Jul 6 @ 9:45 am – 1:00 pm

SOFO Nature & Birdwatching Cruise on the R/V Peconic: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 10 and older.

Program Leader: Naturalist from the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)

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 and waterfowl 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 $35 for SOFO members and $40 for nonmembers for this program. The program is for adults, but children ages 10 and older may attend.

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

Jul
9
Sat
SOFO Cleans the Beach─Help Needed: This program is for all ages. Cleanup Crew: South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educators @ Location TBD
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am

SOFO Cleans the BeachHelp Needed: This program is for all ages.

Cleanup Crew: South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educators

 

Did you know that 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. To register for this program, please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Painting Seashells. Learn how the shells protect the animals within: This program is for children ages 3 and older. @ SOFO
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am

Painting Seashells. Learn how the shells protect the animals within.: This program is for children ages 3 and older.

Workshop Leader: LeighAnn Montaglione, SOFO Environmental Educator

Learn the names of local seashells that you find washed up on the beach, their shapes, colors, functions, and their importance to our local ecosystem. Then we’ll paint our own clamshells to take home.

There is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735.

Jul
12
Tue
Sunset Nature Tour of North Sea Harbor by Kayak– Bring Your Own Kayak or Paddle Board or rent from East End Explorer: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 7 and older accompanied by an adult. @ Southampton
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm

Sunset Nature Tour of North Sea Harbor by Kayak– Bring Your Own Kayak or Paddle Board or rent from East End Explorer: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 7 and older accompanied by an adult.

Tour Leader: Eric from East End Explorer

On this sunset nature tour our paddle begins at the Conscience Point Historic Site in Southampton. We’ll launch vessels from the non-motorized ramp and paddle north around the point toward the Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery. There we’ll take a moment to paddle near the floating oyster cages and sorting/tumbling barge. We’ll briefly discuss some of the benefits of shellfish farming as well as the basics of the aquaculture process.

As we move further along, we’ll enter Conscience Point National Wildlife Preserve. While there we’ll paddle through tidal creeks into Serenity Pond, a beautiful tidal pond surrounded by nature preserve. We’ll then take five to ten minutes to practice a mindful meditation as we float in the pond. Following meditation, we’ll continue back down the tidal creeks en route to one of the harbors accessible shorelines. Along the way we’ll keep an eye out for some of the local fauna that frequent the area; white tail deer, turkeys, red fox, osprey, and an array of other wildlife which are often spotted hunting and foraging in the back tidal creeks.

Once we land on a suitable beach, there will be an opportunity to stop for a snack, stretch your legs, or have a swim. From the shore we may pull seine nets, catch crabs, learn to dig for clams, or take an exploratory beach walk, depending on tidal conditions. Following our beachside explorations, we’ll load the boats back into the water and paddle back to where we began, the Conscience Point Historic Site.

Please be sure to pack the following: Water, clothes you can get wet, a snack, sunscreen, bug spray, a dry towel to leave in the car, water shoes (optional), dry bag, and a camera.

Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available from East End Explorer. The rental fees are: $75 single kayak, $110 double kayak, $90 paddleboard, or bring your own. This program is free to SOFO members, non-members are $15 per adult, $10 per child.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment, please contact us at info@sofo.org or 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jul
16
Sat
SOFO’s Young Birders Club: For ages 8 to 18 @ SOFO
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am

SOFO’s Young Birders Club: For ages 8 to 18

Club Leader: Frank Quevedo, SOFO Executive Director

Birding is a great way to make new friends, learn about the environment, and get outdoors. Join our Young Birders Club! The Club meets at 10AM on the third Sunday of every month and is open to anyone ages 8 to 18 who is interested in learning about birds. Since Long Island has many great habitats that are home to a wide variety of species, we concentrate on birding in local areas. The Club’s leader is Frank Quevedo, SOFO Executive Director and an excellent and avid birder. The Club advisor is Barbara Blaisdell, an educator and experienced  birder. Please bring binoculars if you have them (we will have a few pairs to lend) and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States. If you don’t have a field guide, we’ll have one for you to use. This is a free program.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Watercolor Rainbow Ribbons: This program is for children ages 4 and older, with an adult companion. @ SOFO
Jul 16 @ 10:30 am

Watercolor Rainbow Ribbons: This program is for children ages 4 and older, with an adult companion.

Workshop Leader: Marla Nortman, artist and educator

In this workshop with Marla children will learn the names of the colors of the rainbow. They’ll experiment with a “wet-on-wet” watercolor technique to create rainbows of vibrant-colored ribbons that blend and swirl, creating a mesmerizing display of color and pattern. It’s color magic before your eyes! Beautiful frameable art will be the end result of this process.

There is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. Members are free. There is also a materials fee of $5.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735.

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