June & July – Hikes and Activities at Mashomack Preserve  

 Kayaking in Bass Creek

Mashomack Dinner Dance

Put your dancin’ shoes on and come join us for Mashomack’s 36th Annual Benefit

on Saturday, July 27.  The festivities begin at 6PM.

Call the Manor House office for more information. (631) 749-1001.


Environmental Education

Only a few spots left in our August 5-8 session of Mashomack’s Environmental Education program.

Call today to reserve.


Plan Your Visit!

Trails and Visitor Center are open 9 AM to 5 PM, closed Tuesdays through June.  Open all week in July and August.





Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denis Fleming

Walk along the Red Trail and read a story with your children as you go!


Shoreline Stroll

Sunday, June 2, 1-2:30 PM

Join us on a special seaside walk – on the shores of Majors Harbor – to identify shells. We’ll see

birds and do a light beach clean-up to help our marine environment.


Blue Trail Truck Tour

Saturday, June 8, 6:30-8:30 PM

Take a truck tour on the 10-mile Blue Trail through oak forest, and meadows, and beside

vernal and coastal ponds and experience the far reaches of the preserve.


Bluebirds and Blueberry Muffins

Saturday, June 15, 9-10:30 AM

Look through a spotting scope to view the brilliant blue of our New York State bird in

an active bluebird nest box in Mashomack’s meadows. Enjoy a light breakfast.


Early Summer Kayak Trip

Saturday, June 22, 9-noon

Get a peek at Mashomack’s beaches by kayak as the gentle greens of early summer grace the

shoreline. Look for nesting osprey, emerging marine life and other natural phenomenon.

$45 includes all necessary equipment.




Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods

Night Flier by Elizabeth Ring

Walk along the Red Trail and read a story with your children as you go!


Kim’s Cardio Club

Monday, July 1 & Saturday, July 6 – 8 AM

Join Mashomack’s Kim Reilly for a brisk walk along the 1.5 mile Red Trail. Program runs through November.


Friday Afternoon “Happy Hour”

Fridays, July 5,12,19, 26 – 4 PM

Parents and grandparents bring their wee ones for as hour’s walk into the woods – enjoy the benefits of spending time in quiet surrounds of nature. Bring a stroller or call ahead to borrow one of our strollers or backpack.


Medicinal Plants with Sarah Shepherd

Friday, July 5, 9-noon

Sarah is a certified herbalist and loves the variety of plants found at Mashomack. Come for a 3-mile

walk through woods and fields to discover the variety of natural healing plants along the way.


Young Naturalists:  Muddling in the Marsh

Friday, July 5, 10:30-noon

Why do salt marshes smell like rotten eggs? Discover the wonders of this habitat and why it’s

called the nursery of the sea. With clam rakes and seine and crab nets, we’ll find marine creatures,

and have fun. Come ready to get wet. Ages 4 and up.


Family Fun: Fireflies in the Fields

Saturday, July 6, 8-9 PM

Learn about the amazing adaptations of these insects and their role in nature. Relive your

summer memories or experience this childhood ritual for the first time. All ages welcome on this

short, relaxing walk.


Children’s Environmental Education Program

Monday – Thursday, July 8-11, 9 AM-2 PM

Hiking, muddling in a marsh, a canoe trip, and creating nature art are all part of Mashomack’s

popular summer program. Increasing awareness of the natural world while having fun is the goal!

For kids entering grades 3-7 in the fall. $250 per child. Scholarships available.


Ospreys:  Alan Poole Book Signing

Friday, July 12, 7-8:30 PM

Renowned osprey researcher Alan Poole will sign his newly published book Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor. Dr Poole will talk, about his decades of research. Held at the Mashomack Manor House. Limited space—RSVP required.


Sylvester Manor Open House Community Day

Saturday, July 13, 11-3 PM

Mashomack staff will join forces with the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm as guest naturalists.

Learn the connections between these two iconic Shelter Island properties and how human activity

has shaped the flora and fauna of Sylvester Manor.


Young Naturalists:  Osprey Observations

Friday, July 19, 10:30-noon

Learn about the fish hawk through hands-on artifacts, a fish-catching exercise, a short talk,

and a fun game. We’ll have a chance to watch an active nest too! Ages 4 and up.


Summer Evening Kayak Trip

Sunday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 PM

Join us for a relaxing evening kayak to explore the marshes and coastlines of Mashomack,

ending as the sun sets. We’ll visit the Log Cabin Creek aquaculture project and paddle Bass

Creek as evening shadows fall. Includes all necessary equipment. $30 or pay what you can.


Library in the Wild – A Universe of Stories!

Tuesday, July 23, 10-10:45 AM

Join Shelter Island’s children’s librarian Anthony Zutter or Mary Larsen Theinert at

Mashomack. We’ll read a book and do a craft while enjoying the outdoors. Children ages 3 & up.


Young Naturalists:  The Giving Tree

Friday, July 26, 10:30-noon

How many gifts do trees give us? We’ll read the famous Silverstein book, The Giving Tree, then

head out on a walk to meet some woody friends and get to know them better. Ages 4 and up.


36th Annual Benefit Celebration

Nature Unites, Let’s Celebrate!

Saturday, July 27, begins at 6PM

Cocktails, oysters and clams at the Manor House, followed by dinner under the tent and

celebrating on the dance floor.



Programs require pre-registration. Unless specifically noted, enjoy our programs for a free-will donation. Call the Mashomack Visitor Center at 631-749-4219 for further information or

e-mail us at MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.



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