Nature Programs - Fall 2016 through March 2017
2016 Adult Nature Programs run between 1 & 2 hours. Advance registration is required. Programs are geared for adults only; children under 16 years of age are not permitted to attend. Events usually involve some time outdoors and are held rain or shine, so dress accordingly. For reservations call 482-0355. Directions for trips outside the Park District will be mailed upon request. Be sure to ask!
Printable Park Directions - Click on links to download.
Nature at the Museum
Sunday, September 11
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn
Our leisurely saunter on the nature trails will surprise and delight you. Directions: turn left after crossing the 25A Viaduct going east. Meet in first lot on left. Parking fee $2.
Register by 9/3.
Sunday, Sept. 25
Norman J. Levy Park in Merrick
Join us for an inspiring tour of this former landfill, now reclaimed by nature. You will be captivated by its beauty and awed by its views. A small open vehicle accommodating a few physically challenged people is available for a separate tour. Let us know if you need this service. Register by 9/18. Be sure to request directions.
Fall Seasonal Stroll
Sunday, Oct. 9
Kings Point Park, Redbrook Road entrance
Autumn leaves will be the focus of this program- one in a series of walks designed to observe seasonal changes. Meet in first lot. Register by 10/1.
Saturday, October 29
Alley Pond Park (off Douglaston Parkway DO NOT GO TO APEC on Northern Blvd.)
Take a leisurely stroll through this city park in Douglaston. Register by 10/2 and make sure to request written directions.
Nature in the Neighborhood
Sunday, November 13
Great Neck South Middle School
This is a rare opportunity to explore nature trails and grounds of the former Phipps estate. Register by 11/3 and make sure to request written directions.
Sunday, November 27
Kings Point Park, Steamboat Road entrance; meet in first lot
You will get some exercise and learn about nature too as we tour the perimeter of our own 175 acre preserve. Register by 11/20.
Birds, Beach and Botany for Beginners
Saturday, December 10
Garvies Point Preserve, Glen Cove
Tour this small county preserve which is rich in habitats including seashore, pond, field and forest. Bring binoculars. This program takes place outdoors. Register by 12/1. Be sure to request written directions.
Winter Seasonal Stroll
Saturday, December 31
Kings Point Park, Redbrook Road entrance; meet in first lot
Learn how Mother Nature survives the cold winter months. Register by 12/22.
Photo Op Walk
Saturday, January 14
Caumsett State Park, Huntington
On this hilly one and a half mile stroll we will pause briefly in areas of natural or historic interest. At each location, a guide will provide background information and allow a little time for snapshots. Bring your own camera and photo skills. Register by January 6. Be sure to request written directions.
Birding in Douglaston
Sunday, January 29
Join us as we observe some of our interesting resident winter birds. Bring binoculars. Register by 1/20. Be sure to request directions.
Sunday, February 12
Steppingstone Park (90% indoors) In addition to learning how to identify and tap a maple tree, you will learn the cultural, historical, economic and scientific background of this uniquely American craft. Held rain or shine. Meet at large building on right as you enter park. Register by 2/4.
Site Saving in Great Neck
Sunday, February 26
Great Neck House (Takes place indoors)
The Great Neck Historical Society is hoping to restore and preserve the Saddle Rock Grist Mill and the Stepping Stone Lighthouse. This presentation will teach you about their work and both of these historic buildings. Register by 2/19.
Our Pure Water
Friday, March 10
Water Pollution Control, 236 East Shore Road (next to Santelli Garden Center)
Concerned about our water? This facility will demonstrate what they do to keep our water pure.
Eighty (80) percent of this program takes place indoors.*Important to register by 3/1. Held rain or shine.
Sunday, March 26
Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich. Equestrian entrance**
While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this moderately paced hike, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Takes place outdoors; trails may be muddy. *Be sure to ask for written directions.
Register by 3/19