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Dec
3
Sat
Seashells of the South Fork: This program is for adults and teens 18 years of age and older. @ SOFO
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am

Seashells of the South Fork: This program is for adults and teens 18 years of age and older.

Program Leader: Emily Zabusky, SOFO Environmental Educator

Seashells are the hard exoskeleton of  marine mollusks. These exoskeletons serve to protect and support their soft body parts from predators. Once the shell is no longer inhabited it will serve its purpose as a new home for other marine animals. Join Emily to learn about our native South Fork animals that either create their shells or find new ones to live in.

For nonmembers, there is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. SOFO 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. 

Dec
4
Sun
Seal Walk at Cupsogue Beach County Park: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 6 and older. @ Cupsogue Beach
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Seal Walk at Cupsogue Beach County Park: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 6 and older.

Walk Leader: Melanie Meade, SOFO Education & Outreach Coordinator

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, grey seals, and harp seals. Join us on a walk toward the ocean 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.

For nonmembers, there is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. SOFO 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. 

Dec
7
Wed
Museum Closed: 10am – 4:00pm
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Full Cold Moon Hike with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt: All Ages @ SOFO
Dec 7 @ 5:30 pm

Full “Cold Moon” Hike with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt: This free hike is for all ages

Hike Leader: Jean Mc Dermott, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind SOFO. Hikes are limited to twenty-five participants.

To register email: greenbeltnews@aol.com. On the day of the hike contact Jean McDermott at 631-599-2391

 

Dec
9
Fri
Museum Closed: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
10
Sat
The Black-capped Chickadee─Up Close and Personal: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 8 and older. @ Noyac
Dec 10 @ 8:00 am

The Black-capped Chickadee─Up Close and Personal: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 8 and older.

Program Leader: John Turner, SOFO Board of Directors

The Black-capped chickadee is one of the more familiar and common songbirds found on Long Island. But this small and modest songbird has a not-so-well-known and fascinating life history and possesses a set of abilities that enable it to thrive here—like “growing” its brain in the winter! We’ll see chickadees up close and personal as the tame population at Morton readily takes unsalted sunflower seeds from your hand. Come join SOFO for this enjoyable family experience.

For nonmembers, there is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. SOFO 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. 

Beach or Trail Cleanup─Help Needed! This free program is for all ages @ TBD
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am

Beach or Trail Cleanup─Help Needed! This free program is for all ages

Cleanup Crew: SOFO Staff

If you have ever been to the museum and spoken to any of our educators, you know how much we care about preserving the natural environment of the South Fork. The mission of the museum itself is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment. Our staff has decided that in order to uphold the mission of the museum we need to take direct action to help keep Long Island habitats healthy.

We hope you will join us on our mission to pick up as much trash as possible. We plan to go to a different beach or trail each month and clean for one hour. During our cleaning session we will tally up what type of trash we are finding and, when we are finished, weigh it out. Over time we will be able to get an idea of the kind of trash that is washing up on our beach, and we can knowledgeably promote avoiding those materials in the future. We’re excited to continue this program and be one step closer to our goal of keeping our hometown habitats clean.

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. 

SOFO’s Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds: This is a family workshop. @ SOFO
Dec 10 @ 10:30 am

SOFO’s Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds: This is a family workshop.

Workshop Leaders: SOFO Staff

Feeding wild birds in winter is especially important in our area, where development has removed a good deal of natural winter food resources for local birds. Join the SOFO staff in a holiday tradition and make bird-friendly decorations for a holiday tree using seeds, dried fruits, and some surprising additions. You’ll also be able to make some of these treats to take home and use as decorations on your own “holiday tree” for the birds.  Bring a shoebox to take home some of your decorations. Material fee: $5 per participant.

For nonmembers, there is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. SOFO 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. 

Nature Walk Along the Trails of the Morton National Wildlife Refuge: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 8 and older. @ Noyac
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm

Nature Walk Along the Trails of the Morton National Wildlife Refuge: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 8 and older.

Walk Leader: LeighAnn Montaglio, SOFO Environmental Educator

“Established in 1954, the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge protects a 187-acre peninsula on Noyack and Little Peconic Bays.  Exceptionally diverse habitats include sandy and rocky beaches that fringe the peninsula, while wooded bluffs overlook the Bays. Morton consists of an upland forest, fields, ponds, salt marsh, beach, and a lagoon. These habitats are used by a variety of wildlife ….”

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/elizabeth-alexandra-morton

Join LeighAnn as you walk two different trails in the refuge and discover the beauty of this national treasure.

For nonmembers, there is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. SOFO 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. 

Dec
11
Sun
Introduction to GIS: Mapmaking─Design Your Dream Village: This program is for children ages 7 and older. @ SOFO
Dec 11 @ 10:30 am

 

Photo Credit: Friends of Long Pond Greenbelt

Introduction to GIS: Mapmaking─Design Your Dream Village: This program is for children ages 7 and older.

Workshop Leader: Olivia McGranaghan, SOFO Environmental Educator

It’s never too early to teach the concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to children. Join Olivia as she teaches key mapmaking elements, one important ingredient in GIS. Maps are also vital when it comes to exploring the outdoors or when you need these skills to make your own map, depicting a village you design.

For nonmembers, there is a $15 fee for Adults and $10 fee for children for this program. SOFO 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. 

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