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Nov
27
Fri
Day After Thanksgiving “Walk it Off Walk”– Cosponsored by Southampton Trails Preservation Society & Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am

Day After Thanksgiving “Walk it Off Walk”– Cosponsored by Southampton Trails Preservation Society & Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

Walk Leader: Dai Dayton, President, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt; Secretary, Southampton Trails Preservation Society

Want to get out for a moderately fast-paced hike to shed that Thanksgiving stuffing? Here’s an opportunity to incorporate amazing views of Round Pond, Long Pond, and Little Long Pond ─ a few of the treasures of the Long Pond Greenbelt ─ as you exercise to lose those extra pounds.
This program is for all ages.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact Dai Dayton 631-745-0689. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nov
28
Sat
SOFO’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration – Outdoor Nature Walks with SOFO Environmental Educators @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

SOFO’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration – Outdoor Nature Walks with SOFO Environmental Educators

We’ll stay close to home and enjoy the blessings of nature in our own backyard, Vineyard Field. For us at SOFO Thanksgiving takes place every day as we give thanks for, and celebrate, the wonders of the natural world. Our mission – to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural world – is a way of life for all of us here at SOFO. We hope that by continuing or mission now, and in the future we can inspire all those we meet to value the wonders of nature that surround us and of which we are a part.
These nature walks are for all ages.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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.

SOFO’s Young Environmentalist Society (YES!): Ages 10-16
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am

SOFO’s Young Environmentalist Society (YES!): Ages 10-16

Club Leader: Mare Dianora, an educator and the mother of two young sons, is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice involves building community and exploring connections to home and place.

The mission of SOFO’s new Young Environmentalists Society, known as YES!, for ages 10 to 16, is to engage young minds in developing a fuller awareness and understanding of the current state of our environment. The group works together and, through experience-based learning, place-based learning, critical thinking processes, and local activism, develops strategies for individuals and the community that are designed to shape how we live on this planet now and in the future.

The Club meets the last Saturday of each month, from 10am to 11:30am. This is a free program, thanks to the generosity of a foundation which prefers to remain anonymous. There is bilingual support for Spanish speaking participants.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs are limited to a maximum of 25 people which includes our staff. SOFO will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators.  We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which is limited to 25 people please contact us at info@sofo.org. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and we will confirm your reservation by email.

Nov
29
Sun
Owls by the Light of the Moon ─ Annual Foray with Joe Giunta @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm

Owls by the Light of the Moon ─ Annual Foray with Joe Giunta

Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, SOFO Executive Director

(Joe Guinta was originally scheduled to lead this program but cannot. Joe Giunta, birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; trip leader for New York City Audubon; lecturer for many local chapters; and owner of Happy Warblers LLC, a birding and educational travel company)

Listen for the whinnying sound of the Eastern Screech Owl or maybe even the seven-note hoot of the Great Horned Owl on this nighttime owl prowl that marks the beginning of our owls’ courtship season. Frank, an expert birder, will present a brief slide show and then take you into the field to call owls in for actual sightings. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Limited enrollment. This program is for adults.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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.

Nov
30
Mon
Full Frost Moon Hike Cosponsored with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm

Full Frost Moon Hike Cosponsored with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

Hike Leader: SOFO Environmental Educator

The Frost Moon is also known as the Full Beaver Moon. For Native Americans, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Join us for this leisurely paced, one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind SOFO, and afterward for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonshine.
This program is for all ages.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact greenbeltnews@aol.com. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dec
5
Sat
Birding with Frank: Winter Birding by Car ─ Using the SOFO Map and Guide @ Southampton
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am

Birding with Frank: Winter Birding by Car ─ Using the SOFO Map and Guide

Walk Leader: Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, SOFO Executive Director

On this adventure with Frank using SOFO’s Winter Birding by Car publication you’ll combine comfort along with birding. This map and guide (its entire length includes the area from the Shinnecock Canal to Montauk) is designed to steer you to some of the more productive and accessible birding locations available by vehicle. At each of the stops on the map there is a list of highlighted bird species, including those that have occurred previously in the area and which you have a good chance of seeing. On this trip Frank you will cover the area around Shinnecock Bay. The map and guide is to be used in conjunction with SOFO’s Birds of the South Fork checklist, which contains information about the relative abundance of Long Island’s bird species throughout the year. The map, guide, and checklist are free to SOFO members. There is a charge of $5 for non-members. This program is for adults, teens, and children age 8 and older.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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.

Dec
6
Sun
Exploring Sharks Through Their Form and Function, with Greg Metzger @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am

Exploring Sharks Through Their Form and Function, with Greg Metzger

Presenter: Greg Metzger, Field Coordinator, SOFO Shark Research and Education Program

This presentation will teach participants about the similarities and difference among a wide range of sharks found in the North Atlantic. You’ll have an opportunity to see, up-close, various jaws, skin samples, and shark fins. This program is ideal for shark enthusiasts as well as anyone else interested in marine animals or the sea.
This program is for all ages.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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.

Hiking Hither Hills State Park @ Montauk
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am

Hiking Hither Hills State Park

Hike Leader: Paul King III, SOFO Environmental Educator

Located just west of Montauk, Hither Woods Preserve is one of Long Island’s hidden gems. Its acres and acres of forest, lined with pristine beaches, make it a fantastic refuge for all sorts of plants and animals. It is also home to fascinating historic sites that give great insight into the history of the South Fork. Come hiking with us through this fantastic Long Island preserve.
This program is for adults, teens, and children age 12.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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.

Dec
12
Sat
SOFO’s Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds—A Family Workshop @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Dec 12 @ 10:30 am

SOFO’s Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds—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. This program is for all ages.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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.

SOFO Cleans the Beach—Help Needed!
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm

SOFO Cleans the Beach—Help Needed!

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

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. That’s why we have decided to continue our “SOFO Cleans the Beach” program throughout the seasons. We hope you will join us on our mission to pick up as much trash as possible. Our plan is to go to a different beach 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 advocate 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 beaches clean.
This is a free program for all ages.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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.

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