For more than 25 years, Group for the East End has been educating children and adults about the natural beauty of eastern Long Island. Our goal is to inspire them to become stewards of the environment.
outside the classroom
The Group gets kids outdoors! We work with schools, scouts and youth groups across the East End to offer programs that are engaging, informative and fun! Students explore forests and estuaries, create school and community gardens and plant beach grass to prevent erosion of our ocean dunes. Our experienced educators inspire children to learn about nature and to appreciate the sight of an osprey returning to her nest or a fiddler crab crawling on the sand. The Group leads local students to become the future conservationists of eastern Long Island.
inside the classroom
As much as we love to be outside, Group educators offer classroom lessons about the environment and natural history, which complement a school’s curriculum. Students pre-K to 12th grade learn hands-on about Long Island’s geological history, taxonomy and amazing animal adaptations. They learn why the tide is abnormally high and low during a full moon and why it’s important that rainwater has a place to go. Together with science teachers we help turn East End students into budding environmentalists.
Whether you live here or you’re just visiting, the Group invites people of all ages to explore the extraordinary natural beauty of the East End through guided tours, hikes, and other nature outings. We lead full moon hikes, wildlife searches by land and sea, paddling trips, and numerous environment-themed workshops and lectures. Also join us for beach cleanups and habitat restorations to help protect the nature of the place you love.
downs farm preserve
nature center in cutchogue
Many of the Group’s nature outings and workshops take place at the Downs Farm Preserve Nature Center in Cutchogue. A National Historic Landmark, the preserve has 51 acres of scenic woodlands and tidal wetlands. It is also the site of the Native American Fort Corchaug and serves as a rich, valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife.