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May
1
Sun
SOFO’S Annual Balloons for Sharks Tournament
May 1 @ 12:00 am – Jun 30 @ 11:45 pm
Jun
2
Thu
So You Wanna Grow Your Own Oysters? with John “Barley” Dunne: This program is for adults, teens, and children age 10 and older. @ SOFO
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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So You Wanna Grow Your Own Oysters?

Program Presenter: John “Barley” Dunne, Director, Town of East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery and member of the Board of Directors of South Fork Sea Farmers

Oysters seem to be all the rage these days. With that, many people want to grow their own. And why not? They are a sustainable and restorative crop that comes with great benefits. They’re a healthy food that’s high in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, Vitamins D and B12, copper, iron and zinc. Growing them is a great outdoor activity that creates habitat for other marine plants and animals. Plus, their feeding helps clean water and removes excess nutrients from our waterways. And the amount of work involved is relatively minimal. Tune in to learn about the biology of our eastern oyster and how you can grow them on your own on the east end of Long Island. This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 10 and older.

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. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735 or email info@sofo.org. 

Jun
4
Sat
SOFO Nature and Bird Watching Cruise: This program is for adults, teens, and children age 10 and older. @ Southampton
Jun 4 @ 9:45 am – 1:00 pm

Program Leader: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, SOFO

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

Advance 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. 

Jun
5
Sun
Cranberry Bog Walk at Sweezy Pond Preserve: This program is for adults and teens @ Bridgehampton - SOFO
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am

Cranberry Bog Walk at Sweezy Pond Preserve: This program is for adults and teens

Walk Leader: Melanie Meade, SOFO Education & Outreach Coordinator

This loop trail around a former cranberry bog offers views of bogs and wetlands that are home to unique native plants including Pitcher Plants and the Grass Pink Orchid. Remnants of the former cranberry growing operation are also visible. The 165 acre preserve drains into the Little River and then to the Peconic River Estuary, an essential habitat for a variety of birds, fish, and turtles.

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. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735 or email info@sofo.org. 

Jun
11
Sat
Dragonfly Day and Green EXPO for All Ages! @ SOFO
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt’s 25th Anniversary, Experience Dragonfly Day Walks and Fun Children’s Activities, Explore Southampton Town’s Renewable Energy Programs

This family event is FREE and open to the public.

 Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the Town of Southampton at the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO), 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, for a day of fun children’s activities, entertainment, and educational opportunities for the entire family. Children will have the opportunity to have their face painted, make art from recycled materials, make bath bombs, see wild animals, and learn how they are affected by climate change. Adults can enjoy the music of the Bridgehampton Marimba Band while exploring free programs that reduce energy costs and protect our water supply.

At 1PM: Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Councilman John Bouvier, and Trustee Ann Welker will take to the podium to highlight the genesis of Dragonfly Day, the importance of preserving our wetlands and how Southampton Town’s free programs can reduce the cost of operating your home while preserving the environment.

Other activities, information, and organizations will be available to share information about the environment.

  • There will be guided dragonfly walks,
  • Ranger Eric Powers will offer information about environmental education and discovery,
  • The Hampton Library will be there to tell you about their reading circle,
  • The Surfrider Foundation will have information about their work to sustain marine and coastal ecosystems
  • You’ll have the opportunity to see examples and gather information about solar and battery storage, smart thermostats, geothermal and air source heat pumps, new IA septic systems, Drive Electric LI, and Southampton’s Sustainable Energy Program.
Jun
25
Sat
Meet the Martins-Purple Martin Life Cycle, Eggs & Hatched Chicks: This program is for all ages.
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am

Program and Workshop Presenter: John Shemilt, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Purple Martin Steward

Join us for an exceptional opportunity to see just-hatched Purple Martin nestlings. In this program, John Shemilt—who is the SOFO Purple Martin Steward and has been fascinated by Purple Martins since the age of 3—you’ll go out into the field behind SOFO to see the colony of man-made gourds that house SOFO’s newest population of Purple Martins. You’ll help John lower the rack of gourds, then look into the nesting cavity and see the newly laid eggs and the just-hatched nestlings … and even get a chance to hold a nestling. After this rare experience, you can help John collect the data on this newest brood of Purple Martins.

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, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. 

 

Jun
26
Sun
Seining and Digging for Marine Creatures at Northwest Landing: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 5 and older. @ Bridgehampton - SOFO
Jun 26 @ 3:00 pm

Seining and Digging for Marine Creatures at Northwest Landing: This program is for adults, teens, and children ages 5 and older.

Walk Leader: Melanie Meade, SOFO Education & Outreach Coordinator

Dress for wet feet and help pull in a seine net with crabs and fishes. Then dig in the sand for soft shell crabs, worms, and snails. There’s always something new to notice when you visit the seashore!

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. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735 or email info@sofo.org. 

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