Summer Programs

Summer Field Ecology Programs (Ages 8-13)

Exploration, adventure, hands-on learning, and FUN! If you’re a kid on the East End, then you want to hang with the Group in the summertime. We search for fish and crabs, hike and bike along miles of wooded and coastal trails, paddle in some of the most scenic waterways on the East End, and begin to know countless local plants and animals.

Programs fill quickly! Registrations are first come, first served. Parents/guardians are responsible for all transportation.  All four-day sessions are $400 per child ($350 for GFEE members & returning participants). Please inquire about discounts for multiple siblings.

Printable Registration Form for Pondhawks and Terrapins

Pondhawks (Ages 8-10)

PONDHAWKS is a great program for your budding young naturalist! Each day we visit a different habitat and get up-close with the plants and animals that live there. Children become active nature detectives, using dip nets, aquatic tanks, bug boxes, shovels, and field guides to learn about life in the pond, beach, salt marsh, and woods. This program aspires to spark your child’s interest in the outdoors and plant the seed for a lifetime of stewardship and love of nature.

Terrapins (Ages 11-13)

Does kayaking in the marsh and off-road biking through the woods sound like fun to you? The TERRAPINS program is geared toward boys and girls who like to be active outdoors and are curious about nature.  This is a week filled with adventure and discovery!

For more information, please contact Steve Biasetti or Anita Wright at 631-765-6450, ext. 205 or 206 respectively, or at or

Young Naturalist Program (Ages 5-7)

This four day program at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue is filled with adventure and building a wholesome relationship with the outdoors. Children learn how to plant a garden, hunt for bugs, play natured themed games, create unique arts & crafts, and keep a nature journal. We strive to help your child better understand the natural world and their important role in protecting it. Children are welcome to register for just one, two, three or all four days. Each day is 9am-12pm.

Printable Registration Form for Young Naturalist Program 


For more information, please contact Jessica Kennelly at 631-765-6450, ext. 215 or