The Nature Conservancy

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October & November

Hikes and Activities

Mashomack Preserve 

       photo by Carissa Katz

Plan Your Visit

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October:

Trails & Visitor Center: 9 AM-5 PM, closed Tuesdays

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November:

Trails: 9 AM-5 PM, closed Tuesdays

Visitor Center: 9 AM-4 PM on weekends & 12-4 PM on Mon, Thurs & Fri

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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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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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SPECIES WATCH: DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN

Ever wonder what turtles do during the winter? For terrapins, November is the beginning of a 5-month hibernation period. You’ll start to notice fewer and fewer turtles swimming in the bay as they bury themselves into the mud at the bottom of tidal creeks. They will remain in the mud, completely submerged and inactive, waiting for the warmth of spring. The best way to protect terrapins while they’re hibernating is to minimize disturbances to tidal creeks throughout the winter. Although you can’t see them for a few months, they are year-round residents of Shelter Island.

Close up photo of an adult Diamondback terrapin. USDA photo by Jenny Mastanuono.

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NOVEMBER 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

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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

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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

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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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Mashomack Preserve
79 South Ferry Rd
PO Box 850
Shelter Island, NY 11964

   631-749-4219

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AAQ Resource: Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

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