November & December – Hikes and Activities at Mashomack Preserve
Fall hike through the grasslands with Clark Mitchell — photo by Alex Novarro
Plan Your Visit
November & December:
Trails: 9 AM-4 PM, closed Tuesdays
Visitor Center: 9 AM-4 PM on weekends & 12-4 PM on Mon, Thurs & Fri
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
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER BOOK IN THE WOODS
WINTER IS COMING BY TONY JOHNSTON
Walk along the Red Trail and read a story with your children as you go.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 8-9 AM
KIM’S CARDIO CLUB
Join Mashomack’s Kim Reilly for a brisk walk along the 1.5-mile Red Trail
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 10-11:30 AM
FALL FOLIAGE TRUCK TOUR
Did you know that trees can offer clues into climate change? With shortening days, the red maples
and tupelos turn hues of red, while sassafras don shades of yellow. Join Conservation & Outreach Manager Alexander Novarro for a truck tour of Mashomack’s fields, forests and along the edges of our ponds and marshes to see what colors nature has to offer.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1-2 PM
REPTILES: A LIVE ANIMAL PRESENTATION
A Thanksgiving weekend treat for the whole family. Lizards and turtles and snakes, oh my!
A Quogue Wildlife Refuge naturalist will entertain and amaze you with facts about
the very cool adaptations that reptiles need to survive. Close-up views guaranteed.
Rain or shine.
SPECIES WATCH: WITCH-HAZEL
The colors of fall seem to be leaving just as quickly as they arrived, but nature’s spectacular performance isn’t over quite yet. One of our native plant species, Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), is getting ready to take the spotlight. In the early fall, this plant disperses its seeds by explosively ejecting them from fruits that have been ripening all year. After the explosion of seeds, comes an explosion of color. Just when its neighboring trees have gone bare, Witch-hazel blooms. You can see this plant’s spidery flowers in Mashomack Preserve throughout November, ranging from greenish gold to red but most commonly bright yellow.
Bright yellow Witch-hazel flowers blooming in late fall
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2-5 PM
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Mulled cider, eggnog, and the good cheer of the season are the perfect complement to the Bass
Creek Cottage’s festive decorations. Join in the holiday spirit with neighbors and friends,
sing favorite songs and tour Mashomack’s 19th century Victorian mansion, decked out in her
holiday greens. Nature craft activity for kids.