Summer Field Ecology Program 2015
This summer marks the 46th Anniversary of the Summer Ecology Program at the Refuge. Through hands-on, intense exploration the children will learn a few of nature’s secrets, and the importance of the natural world. When your child completes the program they will have more knowledge and a greater respect for the earth, and its inhabitants. We hope these lessons will be carried with them throughout their lives.
Children’s Field Ecology Program- For children entering grades 2-6
This program will explore the infamous areas of the Refuge including the super secret, extra squishy mud trail! Find the magic at Fairy Dell and get a taste of Chocolate Pudding Pond. We will even journey all the way to Dune Road to seine for slippery fish and quick crabs! Remember to wear sturdy shoes and dress to get wet every day! Classes run Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Repeaters entering grades 5-6 will be off on Friday, July 3rd, and will have a night hike on Thursday from 7:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. Parent drivers will be needed to help transport children on Thursday to and from Dune Road.
Young Explorers Program & Explorers Program-For kids entering grades 6-9
Visit all of your old favorite places, explore by kayak, and enjoy off-site field trips. Program Hours are: Monday 9A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Tuesday 9:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M., Wednesday 9:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M., Thursday 9:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M., return Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. for a night walk in search of owls, bats and adventure! Young Explorers have a pick up time of 10:30 P.M. on Thursday, and the Explorer’s group will have an awesome campout here on the Refuge and get picked up at 9:00 A.M. on Friday morning. Tuesday is off-site to Sunken Forest, Fire Island; and Wednesday is off-site kayak adventure on the Peconic River. Parent drivers will be needed to help transport the campers. Further information will be given on the Monday during the brief introduction.
Adventure Days – For Adults and Teens entering grades 10 and up
Looking for adventure? Join Refuge staff in discovering Long Island while hiking, kayaking, & getting muddy!!! Wednesday July 22nd (8:00-4:00) we start our journey visiting an ancient maritime forest that is over 300 years old at Sunken Forest, Fire Island! Thursday July 23rd (9:00-4:00) we will head off-site for a guided kayak adventure on the Peconic River. Grab your swim trunks and water shoes for Friday July 24th (9:00-4:00). In the morning we will be using seining nets and strainers to discover and learn about life in the bay. In the afternoon we will have an orienteering lesson, search for Geocaches, and then explore the MUD! This program you can register per day or for the week. Carpooling may be necessary for the offsite days.
Little Naturalists – for kids ages 4, 5, 6
This program is designed to introduce and emerge young children into nature through exploring the outdoors, hands on activities, games, crafts, and meeting many of the Refuge animals up close. The children will learn respect for the natural world and will have lots of fun in the process. A variety of topics will be introduced to the children including forest and pond habitats, food chains, local plants and animals, birds of prey, animal defenses and adaptations, composting and recycling. This program is full of fun & education and is a great way for children to learn about the natural world that surrounds them! During this program, the children do not get wet or muddy. Children can register for more than one session. Each session consists of three days: a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
*We ask that a parent or guardian stay for the brief introduction on the first day of your child’s program, which is held in the Nature Center. Due to limited class size, popularity of the program, and priority registration for members, sessions may fill up. So please sign up early and include completed Application, Medical Form, and Payment. You will be notified as soon as possible if the session is full.
The Refuge staff relies on volunteer help for a successful program. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and are needed between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. Responsibilities include assisting counselors with set up and clean up, as well as helping to guide the children in activities. If your child is interested in becoming an assistant, please contact the Refuge.
Scholarships are available to help ensure that financial circumstance do not restrict a child from participating in this program. Please call or write the Refuge for more details.
CANCELLATION REFUND WILL BE GRANTED IF CANCELLATION IS RECEIVED TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO START DATE OF SESSION.
For questions, call the Nature Center at 631-653-4771