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The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve

the lands and waters on which all life depends.

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Mashomack Preserve Hours & Activities

December ’19 – January ’20

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Shelter Island Girl Scout Troop #1711 with two new benches they built and installed along the green trail with a perfect view of Sanctuary Pond. Photo by Alex Novarro.

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December

Trails: Open 9 AM-4 PM, CLOSED Tuesdays
Visitor Center: Open 9 AM-4 PM on weekends and 12-4 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays
 

January

New Year’s Day (Jan 1): Trails will be open 9 AM-4 PM
Trails: Open weekends 9 AM-4 PM, CLOSED weekdays
Visitor Center: Open weekends 9 AM-4 PM, CLOSED weekdays

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Please register in advance to guarantee your spot in a program. Unless specifically noted, enjoy our programs free-of-charge. Donations are accepted at the Visitor Center. For further information, call 631-749-4219 or email MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.

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Book in the Woods – December & January

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston

Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go. Pages of Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. Experience nature along with the main character who learns all about the changing of seasons and the ways that local animals prepare for winter.
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NEW: Mashomack Birding Club
Saturday, December 7, 10-11:30 AM

Come down to the Mashomack Manor House on the first Saturday of each month to search for birds with other wildlife enthusiasts. Never gone birding? No problem! This is a casual meetup open to anyone interested in learning more about local species. Coffee will be provided.
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Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 14, 2-5 PM

Mulled cider, eggnog, and the good cheer of the season are the perfect complement to the Mashomack Manor House’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. No registration required.

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Species Watch: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Looking for a reason to get outside on a cold winter day? Come hike the blue or green trails at Mashomack and you might spot a seal at one of our off-shore overlooks. Several seal species overwinter in the waters of Long Island, but the Harbor Seal is the most common by far. You may find them hauled out (resting) on rocks off-shore to regulate their body temperature, swimming in the bay, or bobbing with their head out of the water while they nap for a few minutes at a time.

Harbor Seal hauled out on a rock off Mashomack on November 30, 2019. Photo by Alex Novarro.

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Resolving to Make a Difference

Wednesday, January 1, 9 AM-4 PM

What sustainable actions can you take this year to make a difference in our changing world? Come on a self-guided walk of the 1.5-mile Red Trail to find clues and solve a mystery message.

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NEW: Mashomack Birding Club
Saturday, January 4, 10-11:30 AM

Come down to the Mashomack Manor House on the first Saturday of each month to search for birds with other wildlife enthusiasts. Never gone birding? No problem! This is a casual meetup open to anyone interested in learning more about local species. Coffee will be provided.
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Full Moon Fields Walk
Saturday, January 11, 7-8:30 PM

Walk the meadows of Mashomack on a calm winter night. Bundle up and enjoy the open grasslands and a view of Shelter Island Sound by the light of the full moon. Enjoy the stars and listen to nature’s nightlife.
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Fun at the Feeder
Saturday, January 18, 2-3 PM

Mashomack’s busy bird feeders are a favorite spot for visitors—both avian and human alike. Learn to identify the common birds which visit in the winter. Great opportunity for pictures so bring your camera. 

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AAQ / Resource: Westhampton Architectural Glass

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