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September & October

Hikes and Activities at Mashomack Preserve 

Mashomack Educator Becca Mathias shows off a flounder at Saturday’s haul seine — photo by Jeremy Samuelson

Plan Your Visit

Trails and Visitor Center are open:

September and October, 9 AM – 5 PM, closed Tuesdays

All 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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SEPTEMBER BOOK IN THE WOODS

TIDY BY EMILY GRAVETT 

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

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 8-9 AM

KIM’S CARDIO CLUB

Join Mashomack’s Kim Reilly for a brisk walk along the 1.5-mile Red Trail.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 3-4:30 PM

MEET THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MASHOMACK

Join Alex Novarro, Mashomack’s new Conservation & Outreach Manager

and amphibian expert, to learn about our “herps.” Brief introduction will be followed

by a field session to catch and identify local salamanders and frogs.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7-8:30 PM

HARVEST MOON WALK

Take a night hike in Mashomack’s field and adjoining forest. The full moon rising in the east

and the last summer trees will make for an unusual time at Mashomack.

Bring flashlights (although we’ll try not to use them).

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 9-11 AM

BEACH CLEAN UP DAY

Help make a difference. Join in the annual international coastal cleanup effort, which clears

and categorizes the various marine debris found on our beaches. All ages welcome.

Community service hours available. 

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 6:30 AM-7 PM

AUTUMNAL EQUINOX

Trails will be open from dawn to dusk for self-guided walks. Come enjoy the extended hours. 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 9 AM-NOON

MASHOMACK POINT PADDLE

Mashomack Point, with its winding salt marsh, is a joy to explore by self-powered boats. We’ll use

canoes and kayaks to investigate this waterway of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge.

Includes all necessary equipment. $45 or pay what you can. Rain/wind date Sunday, Sept. 29, 9 AM.

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SPECIES WATCH:  POLYPHEMUS MOTH CATERPILLARS

Did you know that we have over 700 species of moths living in Mashomack Preserve? One of our many spectacular species, the Polyphemus Moth

(Antheraea Polyphemus), is currently crawling around on the ground in the form of a massive green caterpillar. As the summer comes to an end, these cartoonish caterpillars leave home to find a fresh tree where they will live during the pupal stage of their life cycle. By leaving their home tree behind, they reduce the risk of being found by predators like squirrels and raccoons that might otherwise be able to track them. Once the caterpillar forms its pupa in a safe tree, it will spend 9 months there before emerging as a beautiful moth in the early spring (April-May).

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OCTOBER BOOK IN THE WOODS

WILD CHILD BY LYNN PLOURDE

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

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 & MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 8-9 AM

KIM’S CARDIO CLUB

Join Mashomack’s Kim Reilly for a brisk walk along the 1.5-mile Red Trail.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 10-11 AM

OYSTERS ON THE WHOLE SHELL

Ever wonder how an oyster grows? Or curious how an oyster can be farmed? Join us at Log Cabin Creek to learn about this marvelous bivalve and why it’s so important to our local ecology and economy. View first-hand the benefits that these animals provide to local waters.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 10 AM-NOON

MASHOMACK FIELDS IN THE FALL

Join grassland enthusiast Clark Mitchell and walk through the north and south fields of Mashomack

while in their fall color splendor.­­

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 4-6 PM

OYSTER TASTING AT THE

SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Join Mashomack shellfish enthusiasts at the Shelter Island Historical Society’s annual

Oyster Event. Learn about the biology of this tasty mollusk.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 11 AM-1 PM

SOUPER SUNDAY

Hike the 6-mile green trail, stopping at the Manor House at the half-way point for a cup of homemade

soup. A perfect fall combination. Soup available from 11 AM to 1 PM.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 5-6:30 PM

FAMILY FUN: NATURE’S HALLOWEEN TRAIL

Who’ll be in the woods this year? Mashomack’s band of costumed characters changes every year.

Arrive anytime 5-6:30 PM, allowing 30 minutes to complete the trail. All ages welcome. Bring

a flashlight. Light refreshments following walk. Rain or shine. All ages, adults must accompany children.

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The Nature Conservancy

Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island

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AAQ Resource: Lear + Mahoney Landscape Architecture

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