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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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