SOFO Zoom Program Sign Up

There will be a nominal fee for each of Erik’s classes: $15 for an individual, $20 for two guests, $25 for a family of up to 5 people,
and $125 for each school group of up to 25 people.
To reserve your spots and to register, please click on the payment button below, and email us at with your choice of classes.
Once we hear from you, we will send you a link to the programs of your choice.


  • June 6, 11:00am – 12:00pm
    “The Greatest Reptile & Amphibian Show” — An Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians
    Meet amazing reptiles, amphibians, and bugs from around the world! This one hour presentation features Odyss the 5 foot American Alligator and Twinkie the 14 foot python, to name a few. You will learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians and determine which ones you can find in your own backyard.
  • June 13, 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Turtles, Tortoises, and more Turtles
    Meet Froucho the 50 pound alligator snapping turtle, Dozer the 40 pound African spur thigh tortoise, and explore how these amazing animals have survived in nature for millions of years. You will also learn how to go turtle watching and what you can do to help turtles during #turtleegglayingmonth.
  • June 20, 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Frogs and Toads from Northeast America and from around the World
    Meet amazing frogs of all shapes and sizes that create all sorts of sounds and live in all sorts of places. Learn how to listen and locate frogs and toads in your neighborhood. You will also discover how you can help frogs thrive in harmony with humans.
  • June 27, 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Snakes of the World!
    Snakes are everywhere! — from the world’s largest Anacondas of South America, to the tiniest snakes of Madagascar, to the garter snakes of North America. You will meet some of these giant snakes, and discover some that may live in your own backyard. Get ready to explore diversity of the slithery sort and the amazing things they do to help nature do its job.



Born and raised on Long Island (New York), Chris Paparo has been exploring the wilds of the island for over 30 years. As a wildlife photographer, writer and lecturer, he enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls the island home. His passion for coastal ecology, fishing and the outdoors led him to obtain a BS in Marine Science from LIU/Southampton. He currently manages the new Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University.

There is a nominal fee associated with each of Chris Paparo’s Programs: $15 for an individual, $20 for two guests, $25 for a family of up to 5 people, and $125 for each school group of up to 25 people. To reserve your spot and to register click here. For more information, please contact

  • July 7, 7:00pm

From Plankton to Whales – Why our local waters are worth Protecting
With endless stories and photos of fish kills, harmful algal blooms, oil spills, and beach closures, it is clear that our environment is facing many environmental challenges. Let’s explore ways to protect our marine environment by learning about some of the fascinating marine life that inhabits the waters of Long Island.

  • July 15, 7:00pm

Long Island’s White Shark Research
Long Island’s coastal waters have an abundance of sharks, all of which we know very little about. In 2015, a small group of researchers were the first to deploy a satellite tag on a juvenile 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, learn about the continued work of SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program, which launched in 2018.

  • July 29, 7:00pm

Chris Paparo: Fish Guy – Exploring Long Island’s Underwater Worlds
Follow Chris on an underwater exploration of Long Island’s marine habitat. Enjoy amazing photographs and videos of local fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and other assorted invertebrates while learning interesting facts about the creatures you might encounter on a fishing trip or a stroll down the beach. A perfect underwater excursion for anyone who has an appreciation for the mysteries of the ocean.

  • August 4, 7:00pm

Birding with the Fish Guy
Take a look at the sea’s feathered friends with Chris in this multi-media presentation. Find out what Long Island birds can be observed close to the shore. Learn details about wading birds, waterfowl, and raptors, as well as where one can go to observe each of them.

  • August 11, 7:00pm
Long Island’s Tropical Drifters
Learn about the many fascinating fish, crabs, and shrimp that ride the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean to Long Island every summer.


Individual – $15

Program Selection

Two Individuals – $20

Family (up to five people) – $25

School Group (up to 25 children) – $125





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