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Family Fun Nature Programs at Sands Point Preserve

Sands Point Preserve offers nature and educational programs for the family.
Sands Point Preserve offers nature and educational programs for the family.

With warming temperatures on the horizon, now is a great time to bring the kids for a visit to The Sands Point Preserve, and enjoy its fun and educational nature programs. These events give visitors the chance to see live animal presentations, learn more about the night sky, and more. Young scientists may also want to sign up for a series of weekly enrichment programs, held on Wednesdays, beginning in March.

Here are some of the highlights of the upcoming nature programs coming to the Preserve.

Where Is Everybody?

Sunday, Feb. 23
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What makes winter different from the other seasons?  It is all about temperature, light, and food.  In this live animal presentation, we’ll take a close up look at the animals that leave Long Island as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop – and those that take a long winter’s rest or just slow down until spring.

Admission: $10 per car / free with Annual Pass.

Pre-registration is recommended - please email your name and the number of children and adult participants to info@friendsspp.org.

Starlab Planetarium

Saturday, March 15
Four Sessions: 11:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required.

Take a celestial adventure in the magical night sky via the indoor, inflatable Starlab Portable Planetarium.  We will hear stories about the stars and take a simulated space ride.  Following the 30-minute show, stay for an ‘astronomical’ craft project.  Recommended for 4-year-olds and up.

Pre-registration is required with a $10 non-refundable deposit per family - please email your name, preferred session start time, and the number of adults and children (with their ages) to info@friendsspp.org.

Earth Winds

Sunday, March 23
Two Sessions: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Our presenter has fascinating stories to tell about the natural world and the animals that live there.  Each pocket of his vest will contain a special item that connects to a story about the animals we will meet in this live animal presentation, including an owl, snapping turtle, snake, and one or two surprises.

Admission: $10 per car / free with Annual Pass.

Pre-registration is recommended - please email your name, selected start time (11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.) and the number of adults and children (with their ages) to info@friendsspp.org.

New! Mad Science Weekly Enrichment Programs

Mad Science Weekly Enrichment Programs will be offered on Wednesdays at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for grades K-5 on March 26, April 2, 9, 30, May 7 and 14. Click here to download the flyer with registration information.

Join the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve and receive an Annual Pass as well as free or discounted admission to many events throughout the year.

For information about the Sands Point Preserve and to purchase a 2014 Annual Pass see www.TheSandsPointPreserve.com, call 516-571-7901 or visit the Gate House at 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY, 11050, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to protect and preserve the 216-acre waterfront grounds and historic mansions and to provide a range of cultural arts events and educational programs for families and schools in the Phil Dejana Learning Center and Outdoor Classroom.

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