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Mashomack Preserve Activities & Hours

March & April 2020


Hikers taking in the otherworldly beauty of Mashomack Point during our Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge tour. Photo by: Alex Novarro.

Hours of Operation

March
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

April
Trails:
 Open 9 AM-5 PM, CLOSED Tuesdays
Visitor Center: Open 9 AM-5 PM, CLOSED Tuesdays

Coming Soon: Environmental Education Summer Program for Kids Ages 8 – 12


Mashomack’s Environmental Education program empowers kids to protect the planet while also having a blast outside. Photo by: Anthony Graziano.

Registration begins mid-April
$350/session, scholarships available

Session 1: July 6 – 9
Session 2: August 3 – 6
Session 3: August 17 – 20

Come hike, muddle in a marsh, paddle a kayak, and make nature art while exploring our changing world. Kids ages 8-12 are invited to spend time in the great outdoors, learn to tackle some of our greatest conservation challenges, and become stewards of nature.

Sessions run Mon – Thurs, 9 AM-2 PM.

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.

March

Book in the Woods

Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman

What is a worm good for? Follow Carl as he learns that everything has a purpose and connection to the world. Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go. Pages of this book will be mounted along the trail for you to enjoy all month long.

Mashomack Birding Club
Saturday, March 7, 10-11:30 AM

Come down to the Mashomack Manor House on the first Saturday of the 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.

Souper Sunday
Sunday, March 8, 11 AM-1 PM

Hike the 6-mile green trail, stopping halfway at the Mashomack Manor House for a cup of homemade soup. A perfect combination to celebrate the return of lighter days. Soup available from 11 AM-1 PM.

Trail Day Stewardship Project
Saturday, March 14, 10 AM-Noon

Maintaining Mashomack’s miles of trails takes a lot of work. Pitch in to help widen trails or spread wood chips to protect tree roots and provide safe walking. Bring work gloves. Water and snack provided. Community service hours available.

Mashomack’s Nestbox Trail and the Eastern Bluebird
Saturday, March 15, 3-4 PM

Ever see a live bluebird? How about eggs in a nest, or live baby birds? Learn how Mashomack is restoring bluebird populations and to help this iconic New York State bird. Volunteer for our Nestbox Project—a guaranteed wonderful experience. Refreshments served.

Vernal Equinox: Dawn to Dusk Hiking
Thursday, March 19, 7 AM-7 PM

Celebrate the first day of spring: Trails will be open from dawn to dusk for self-guided walks. Come enjoy the normally off-limits hours!

World Water Day: Search for Salamander Eggs
Saturday, March 21, 2-3:30 PM

Mashomack’s kettle ponds and vernal pools are excellent spots for amphibians to lay their eggs. Join us in an off-trail search for frogs, salamanders and newts.

Species Watch: Red-winged Blackbird (Agalaius phoeniceus)

If you thought the last few weeks of February felt an awful lot like Spring, you’re not alone. Red-Winged Blackbirds have returned to Mashomack in large numbers, flocking to large trees and singing their familiar tune as the sun goes down. Along with the American Robin, the return of this migratory species signals that spring is just around the corner. What we’re seeing right now are large flocks of males beginning to establish their territories in preparation for the females to show up for mating season. These birds hangout in marshes and are one of the few species that benefits from the invasive salt marsh reed, Phragmites. Go out to your local wetland around dusk and listen for these noisy birds up in the trees.

A male red-winged blackbird calling from the marsh. Photo provided by Creative Commons Public Domain.

April

Book in the Woods

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go. Pages of this book will be mounted along the trail for you to enjoy all month long. This month’s book showcases the wonders of nature through beautiful graphics, while empowering readers of all ages to protect our planet.

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

Come down to the Mashomack Manor House on the first Saturday of the 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.

Nearly Full Moon Walk
Saturday, April 4, 7-8:30 PM

Will it be warm with the sounds of spring peepers or cool with the reminder that spring is still new? Join a guided walk in the woods under the first Bright moon of spring.

Kid’s Spring Break Workshop: Signs of Spring
Thursday, April 9, 2-3:30 PM

Come see what is out and about in the early days of spring. We’ll hike, search for greening plants and awakening animals, and make a snack.

Spring Shoreline Spruce Up
Saturday, April 11, 10 AM-Noon

Winter washes up lots of flotsam onto our shores. This spring beach cleanup will ready the beach for our summer plants and beach nesting birds. Bring gloves. Community service hours available.

Earth Day: 50th Year Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 1-3 PM

Come down to Mashomack’s Manor House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with snacks, music, interactive environmental stations, and FUN. Meet local environmentalists and learn what you can do right now to protect our changing planet.

Trail Day Stewardship Project
Saturday, April 25, 10 AM-Noon

Maintaining Mashomack’s miles of trails takes a lot of work. Pitch in to help widen trails or spread wood chips to protect tree roots and provide safe walking. Bring work gloves. Water and snack provided. Community service hours available.

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