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February 23, 2017

Local Family Friendly Events

by Chris Grech

Need someplace new to take the family without breaking the bank? Running out of fresh ideas? Here are some great family friendly events to help get you through the rest of winter!

It's A Cold Blooded Life
Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Horseshoe crabs, snakes, frogs, and fish. What do all these animals have in common? They are all cold-blooded. Come to the Nature Center to discover just what it means to be cold-blooded.
Children's Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Wildlife Oddities
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Long Island)
There are some mighty odd plants and animals that live on Long Island and in the preserve. Join us as we explore these fun and fascinating wildlife oddities and compare them to others in the world.
Family Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.
Phone: (631) 786-4640
Registration: Required

Owl Pellet Dissection
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Humans have been intrigued by owls for hundreds of years. Come learn about these secretive birds. We will investigate their feeding habits by dissecting an owl pellet and reconstructing the creatures eaten by the owl.
Family Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs
Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Long Island)
Discover how fearsome and large these awesome creatures were! We will compare them to animals living today. Explore how fossils are formed through hands on activities and make a fun craft to take home.
Family Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.
Phone: (631) 265-1054
Registration: Required

Winter Visitors
Saturday, February 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Winter is in full swing. Sick of being cooped up inside? Bundle up, we are going to hike around the beach and see what winter visitors are around.
Adult Program
$4.00 per person
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Winter Seal Walks
Sunday, February 26, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Sunday, March 12, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Nature Game Night
Friday, March 3, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Long Island)
Like Games? Love Nature? Are you up to a challenge? Bring your family to this fun-filled evening of games and activities that will test your outdoor skills and knowledge. Game on!
Family Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.
Phone: (631) 581-1072
Registration: Required

Star Gaze
Friday, March 3, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Join us this Winter as we observe the stars and constellations. Bring your telescopes or binoculars, and we'll uncover more about these diamonds in the sky.
Family Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Evergreen Baskets
Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Long Island)
Pine trees or evergreens? All pine trees have needles, but not all trees with needles are pine trees? Confusing? Join us to discover fascinating facts about evergreens. Create your own unique evergreen basket!
Adult Program
$4.00 per person
Phone: (631) 581-1072
Registration: Required

Owl Prowl
Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Come discover the magic of owls! Meet one of Long Island State Park's resident owls, and then head out for a brisk walk to try to find wild owls in their natural habitat.
Adult Program
$4.00 per person
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Track it Down
Sunday, March 5, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Children will become nature detectives as they unravel the clues left behind by the park's wildlife. Make your own Tracks & Traces book filled with your favorite animal tracks to take home.
Children's Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Spring Equinox Walk
Friday, March 10, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Spring is here! Shake off those winter blues and get outside for a walk! Nature is waking up, and this is a great time to observe it. Bring your walking shoes and meet us at the Nature Center.
Family Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Historic Camp Hero
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Montauk Point State Park (Long Island)
Join us for a hike through this National Historic Site that was a former military base. Explore the history of the base while enjoying the natural history of the surrounding habitats.
Family Progam
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.
Phone: (631) 668-5000 ext 201
Registration: Required

Taxidermy 101
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Join us for an introduction to taxidermy, the fascinating craft that merges art with science. In this first class, we will start with a group taxidermy lesson. In a subsequent class, each participant will get their own specimen to work on.
Adult Program
$4.00 per person
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Mad Scientist Lab
Sunday, March 12, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Long Island)
Enter the crazy world of science! With a variety of exciting experiments you will be amazed at what is demonstrated and that you can do. This program is appropriate for children ages 7 and up.
Children's Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.
Phone: (631) 581-1072
Registration: Required

Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5. Held on Tuesdays: 10:30 -11:30 and 1:30 - 2:30pm
March 14th: Rainbow Connection
March 28th: Animal ABC's
Phone: (516) 780-3295

Fabulous Forest
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Long Island)
We love to walk in the woods, but how much do you know about the majestic beauties that create it? There will be games and activities to help us appreciate all the plants and animals that make up these fabulous forests.
Family Program
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.
Phone: (631) 581-1072
Registration: Required

Leprechauns Rainbow
Saturday, March 18, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park (Long Island)
Hands-on activities will help us explore the many ways that light bounces, bends, and reflects. We'll learn how white light splits apart, revealing all the colors of the rainbow.
Children's Programs
$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free
Phone: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required

Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, March 19, 2017 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve (Long Island)
You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. There will be some sitting on the grass.
For reasons of safety, no children under 16 will be permitted.
$4.00 per person
Phone: (631) 423-1770
Registration: Required

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