Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tropical Fish of Shinnecock Bay (Hampton Bays)

In the late summer a great variety of tropical fishes can be found in Shinnecock Bay. Last year we encountered Striped Burrfish, Spotfin Butterflyfish, Trunkfish, Band-Tailed Puffer, and Permit, just to mention a few of our exciting discoveries. Join us on this adventure – timed during low tide -- as we wade with seines and dip nets in search of these southern visitors. Please wear water shoes! There will be opportunities to view the creatures closely in a temporary aquarium; all animals are released at the end of the program. Limited to 15 participants; reservations are required. Program fee $10 per person ($25 per family).

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Breakwater Beach Cleanup (Mattituck)

Please help Audubon New York and Group for the East End clean up Breakwater Beach in Mattituck. Gloves and trash bags will be provided and the first 50 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference while enjoying a beautiful morning on the shore of the Long Island Sound! Please RSVP by emailing NYcoast@audubon.org or calling (516) 801-1151.

This event is made possible with support from The Robins Island Foundation.

Additional questions? Contact Christine at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
25
2:30 PM14:30

Forest Therapy Walk at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

Certified forest therapy guide and life coach, Linda Lombardo, leads an immersive walk at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. These walks are specifically designed to open the senses, slow us down and help us reconnect with nature in a way that refreshes, restores and renews; walking with nature, rather than through her. A maximum of 18 participants, ages 16 and over, may attend. A $5 materials fee is requested.

Registration required. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
27
5:00 PM17:00

Meetup to Cleanup (Southold)

One Love Beach and Group for the East End are teaming up to cleanup the Goldsmith Inlet and neighboring beaches. We will paddle around the inlet collecting trash in order to keep this place the beautiful waterway we all love!

We ask you to bring your own paddleboard/kayak and required safety gear as well as a bucket to collect trash in. Don’t own a kayak or paddleboard? No problem. Join us and clean the beach by foot!

Trash hooks to mount on your paddles, bags, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided.

To register, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org. Rain cancels.

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Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

What's S.U.P. (Single Use Plastics)? (Cutchogue)

Join Group for the East End at the Downs Farm Nature Center as we discuss single use plastics: what they are, their environmental impact, and alternatives to using them. You’ll walk away with the power and knowledge to make these changes in your daily life. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
30
8:00 PM20:00

Living with Nature Part 2: Dark Skies (Cutchogue)

The East End of Long Island is beautiful during the day, but there are even more hidden gems after sunset! Come to the Downs Farm Visitor Center to learn about light pollution, nocturnal animals, and how to set up “dark sky” lighting for your home. These lighting techniques will prevent you from disrupting nocturnal animals who live nearby and dramatically decrease your personal contribution to light pollution. After the short information session, we will venture outdoors to go stargazing and hopefully hear some owls or even see an opossum! Free event. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tropical Fish of Shinnecock Bay (Hampton Bays)

Last September we found a great variety of tropical fishes in Shinnecock Bay. We’re planning on a repeat performance this year! Join us on this adventure – timed during low tide -- as we wade with seines and dip nets in search of these southern visitors. Please wear water shoes! There will be opportunities to view the creatures closely in a temporary aquarium; all animals are released at the end of the program. Limited to 15 participants; reservations are required. Program fee $10 per person ($25 per family).

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
28
1:30 PM13:30

Migrating Monarchs and Merlins (Hampton Bays)

Join us for a wildlife search along Dune Road west of the Shinnecock Inlet. The trip is timed to coincide with low tide, which should enhance our chances to see diverse shorebirds and wading birds. If winds are blowing from the northwest, migrating swallows, hawks, dragonflies, and butterflies will compete for our attention. Please bring binoculars.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

A Stroll on the Sound (Hallock State Park)

On this nature walk we will visit diverse habitats in Hallock State Park, from woodlands to freshwater ponds to the rocky shore of Long Island Sound. We’ll keep an eye out for wildlife large and small, learn about some of the plants of the preserve, and check for shells along the beach. Families are most welcome to join us for this entertaining and informative stroll.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

NOFO Living the Sustainable Way (Cutchogue)

Every choice we make has implications on the local environment. Head over to the Downs Farm Nature Center to learn about making sustainable choices while living on the North Fork. We will discuss a sampling of local restaurants and activities that have been created with an eco-friendly vision. You will learn how to choose ocean-safe sunscreen, ending with a workshop on making your own chemical-free household cleaner! Free event. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Walk n' Rosé Beach Cleanup

Join us as we clean the coastline of Long Beach in Sag Harbor with Jacques Azoulay and Nicole Miller to ensure it remains a safe place to swim and fish, as well as protect the habitat for our native wildlife. Afterwards, we will meet at the Sag Harbor restaurant, Le Bilboquet, for a glass of Nicole Miller Rosé. For registration or more information, please contact Aaron Virgin at 631-377-1303 or acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
15
8:30 PM20:30

Full Sturgeon Moon Hike at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” August’s full moon is also called the “Sturgeon Moon” and received its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as the time when this large fish was abundant. Throughout this guided one mile walk, you’ll discover the sights and sounds of the preserve beneath the moonlight. You may have the opportunity to even see or hear an owl! Flashlight or headlamp suggested. Space is limited so register today.

Registration required. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Nature Watercolor Paintings at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

Join Group For The East End for this great program at Downs Farm Nature Center. Explore your creative side with local environmental artist and educator, Tony Valderrama of “The Artist’s Nest”, for an adventure in nature watercolor painting. Learn these different techniques all while celebrating our wildlife! No experience needed. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Habitat Restoration Planning (Hallock State Park Preserve)

Be part of the habitat restoration planning process for Hallock State Park Preserve. Group for the East End will be hosting this presentation and discussion on the development of the habitat restoration and preservation plan for the Preserve. Funded by a grant from the Long Island Sound Study, the plan will help focus limited resources on the most effective ways to control invasive species and restore natural ecosystems in the preserve’s unique habitats. For more information, please contact Aaron Virgin at 631-377-1303 or acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Mummichogs and Mud Crabs: An Estuary Wade (Orient)

Mummichogs and Black-Fingered Mud Crabs are two of the many kinds of animals we plan to capture on this exciting visit to Orient Beach State Park. Join us for an exhilarating time as we wade with seines and dip nets in search of a great variety of fish, crabs, shrimp, mollusks, and other small creatures of the estuary. We will closely observe each of the animals we catch, before gently releasing them back to their aquatic homes. Families are encouraged to come along for this fun and educational event. Participants are recommended to wear water shoes while wading.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
9
9:00 AM09:00

Combing the Ocean Beach (Hampton Bays)

Long Island’s ocean beaches are great places to search for evidence of near-shore creatures. We will meet in the parking lot on the west side of Shinnecock Inlet to comb the shoreline for seashells, crab shells, skate egg cases, and perhaps even a sand dollar! Suggested donation of $5 per person. For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
8
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Wade in Three Mile Harbor

Discover the diversity of life in the north end of Three Mile Harbor (opposite Sammy’s Beach).
We will wade with seines and dip nets in search of crabs, fish and other marine creatures. Please wear water shoes. Suggested $5 donation per person.

For reservations, directions, or more information, please contact Anita Wright at acwright@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Birdwatching for Beginners (Hallock State Park Preserve)

On this slow amble around Hallock State Park, we will explore agricultural lands, woodlands as well as Long Island Sound, looking and listening for birds. Families are encouraged to come along for this fun learning experience. Please bring binoculars.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Living with Nature Part 1: Ticks and Lawn Care (Cutchogue)

Notice an abundance of ticks in your lawn? Well, you are not the only one! Most of the East End of Long Island experiences the nuisance of ticks. Before you break out the chemicals, come to the Downs Farm Nature Center to learn alternative options that keep ticks away. We will discuss redesigning your lawn to prevent ticks whilst attracting native pollinators, such as butterflies. We will also bust some tick myths and go over what to do if you are bitten. Those who join us will have the chance to make their own bug repellent, keeping both ticks and chemicals off you! Free event. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

Seining Fun at Cedar Beach (Southold)

Join Group for the East End as we use seine nets and dip nets to collect creatures both large and small before temporarily placing them in aquarium tanks for observation and discussion. This hands-on exploration event is ideal for the young naturalist! We will meet at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold. Bathing suit, water shoes, sunscreen, and water are advised. Rain cancels. Registration required. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Catching Creatures Around the Salt Marsh (Orient)

The waters off Orient Beach State Park are rich in biological diversity. Join us on this exciting adventure as we wade with seines and dip nets in search of a great variety of fish, crabs, shrimp, mollusks, and other small creatures of the estuary. We will closely observe each of the animals we catch, before gently releasing them back to their aquatic homes. Families are encouraged to come along for this fun and educational event. Participants are recommended to wear water shoes while wading.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Wade in Napeague Harbor

 Discover the diversity of life in Napeague Harbor! Timed to coincide with low tide, we will wade with seines and dip nets in search of crabs, fish and other marine creatures. Please wear water shoes. Program limited to 15 participants; reservations are required. Suggested donation of $5 per person.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

Owl Pellet Dissection and Owl Prowl

An owl pellet dissection is a great way for those of all ages to learn about the eating habits and behaviors of our mysterious flighted friends: owls! Participants will not only learn about owl prey, but about common Long Island species, behaviors, vocalizations, and habitats. Following our dissection, Group for the East End staff will lead an owl prowl through Downs Farm Preserve, hoping to hear some of the resident owls.

Space is limited; registration is required. Please contact Christine Tylee at (631) 765-6450 x 208 or by email ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jul
16
8:30 PM20:30

Full Buck Moon Hike

According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” July’s full moon is also called the “Buck Moon” and received its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as the time when bucks began growing their new antlers. Throughout this guided one mile walk, you’ll discover the sights and sounds of the preserve beneath the moonlight. You may have the opportunity to even see or hear an owl! Flashlight or headlamp suggested.

Space is limited, so register today! Registration required, contact Christine Tylee at (631) 765-6450 x 208 or by email ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Full Moon Paddle (Cutchogue) *EVENT FULL)

**EVENT FULL**

Join New Suffolk Waterfront and Group for the East End for a guided paddle through Cutchogue Harbor under July's Full Buck Moon. Please bring your own kayak or stand up paddleboard and your favorite beverage/snack. Picnic to follow.

For more information on the meeting location and to register, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

Free event. Rain cancels.

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Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

An Introduction to Birdwatching (Orient)

We will take a leisurely stroll around beautiful Orient Beach State Park, looking for birds of the beach, marsh, and woodlands. Songbirds, shorebirds, egrets, terns, and ospreys will be among the Park residents that compete for our attention. Families are most welcome to join us for this exciting exploration. Please bring binoculars.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Mad About Seashells (Hallock State Park Preserve)

We will meet in the parking lot of Hallock State Park and walk down to its beach along Long Island Sound to comb the shoreline for seashells, crab shells, and other natural treasures. Families are encouraged to join us for this fun and educational event. For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Land & Sea Wellness Morning

Join Paddle Diva, SusanSweats, and Group for the East End for the second annual Land & Sea Wellness Morning at Shagwong Marina in East Hampton! Start off with a guided standup paddle, led by Paddle Diva, followed by a full body conditioning class with SusanSweats. The Group will also be on hand to discuss ongoing conservation efforts to protect the East End’s wildlife, waters, and land. Healthy snacks, beverages, and gift bags with exclusive goodies are included. 40% of the proceeds will go to Group for the East End.

Tickets are $250 per person and must be purchased in advance at susansweats.com. For more information, email susan@susansweats.com.

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Jul
9
10:30 AM10:30

Summer Wade in Scallop Pond, North Sea

Discover the diversity of life in Scallop Pond! We will wade with seines and dip nets in search of crabs, fish and other marine creatures. Please wear water shoes. Program limited to 15 participants; reservations are required. Suggested donation of $5 per person.

For reservations, directions, or more information, please contact Anita Wright at acwright@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Native American Animal Pinch Pots

Join the Group and one of our favorite local environmentalists, Tony Valderrama for an engaging and informative clay pinch pot program. Participants will create a personalized clay pinch pot representing their favorite animal. Using air dry clay, we will be exploring the most basic form of native ceramics with a creative twist!  Space is limited and registration is required. This event takes place at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue.

DETAILS + REGISTRATION:
Contact Taralynn Reynolds at (631) 765-6450 x 219 or via email at treynolds@eastendenvironment.org

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Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

Combing the Beach for Natural Treasures (Orient Beach)

Orient Beach is a great destination to search for evidence of near-shore creatures. We will comb its shoreline looking for a wide variety of seashells, crab shells, and other natural treasures. Families are encouraged to join us for this fun and educational event.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jun
22
10:30 AM10:30

Looking for Animals and Their Tracks (Hallock State Park Preserve)

As we wander through Hallock State Park, we will be looking for animals of all sizes, and the evidence they leave behind. Footprints, nests, burrows, egg masses, scrapings and similar animal signs will be our targets during this instructional nature walk. This is a family-friendly exploration.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jun
20
2:10 AM02:10

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring

Volunteer with the Group!
Are you a night owl who has a love for science? We have just the thing- participate in GFEE horseshoe crab citizen science project at South Harbor Beach in Southold! We are seeking dedicated volunteers that will assist our Site Coordinator in counting and tagging spawning horseshoe crabs and recording data according to protocols. Spawning occurs from May to late June, during high tide on the new and full moon. **Participants should bring headlight/flashlight and wear waterproof boots and/or waders.

If you are interested in participating in this unique citizen science program, please contact Christine Tylee for more information – ctylee@eastendenvironment.org 631-765-6450 x208

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Jun
18
12:36 AM00:36

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring

Volunteer with the Group!
Are you a night owl who has a love for science? We have just the thing- participate in GFEE horseshoe crab citizen science project at South Harbor Beach in Southold! We are seeking dedicated volunteers that will assist our Site Coordinator in counting and tagging spawning horseshoe crabs and recording data according to protocols. Spawning occurs from May to late June, during high tide on the new and full moon. **Participants should bring headlight/flashlight and wear waterproof boots and/or waders.

If you are interested in participating in this unique citizen science program, please contact Christine Tylee for more information – ctylee@eastendenvironment.org 631-765-6450 x208

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Jun
17
8:30 PM20:30

Full Strawberry Moon Hike at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, June’s full moon is also called the Strawberry Moon and got its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It has also been known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe

Flashlight or headlamp suggested. Space is limited so register today.

DETAILS + REGISTRATION:
Contact Christine Tylee at (631) 765-6450 x 208 or by email ctylee@eastendenvironment.org


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Jun
15
to Jun 16

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring

Volunteer with the Group!
Are you a night owl who has a love for science? We have just the thing- participate in GFEE horseshoe crab citizen science project at South Harbor Beach in Southold! We are seeking dedicated volunteers that will assist our Site Coordinator in counting and tagging spawning horseshoe crabs and recording data according to protocols. Spawning occurs from May to late June, during high tide on the new and full moon. **Participants should bring headlight/flashlight and wear waterproof boots and/or waders.

If you are interested in participating in this unique citizen science program, please contact Christine Tylee for more information – ctylee@eastendenvironment.org 631-765-6450 x208

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Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Listening to Animal Sounds (Hallock State Park Preserve)

**Registration Required**
The woods are filled with many sounds, from “peeps” of tiny frogs to ringing whistles by birds to snorts of white-tailed deer. We will look and listen for all kinds of wildlife during this short nature walk along the woodland trails of Hallock State Park. Families are encouraged to join us for this fun and educational event.

DETAILS + SIGNUP:
Contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

Bay to Sound Trail Stewardship

Join GFEE Staff and fellow volunteers on trail cleanup and maintenance for the Bay to Sound Trail Project (in Southold and Greenport).  All equipment, supplies and refreshments will be provided.  Come for an hour or stay for all three!  

Contact Aaron at acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org or 631-377-1303 for more details and meeting location for each day.  Adults and Children 10+. 

Funding provided by the New York Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

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