After School Programs
After School Naturalist Club
Our exciting After School Naturalist Club provides students the opportunity to experience nature as it happens. This child-centered program allows for in-depth exploration of nature under the guidance of our outdoor educators.
Each session centers around what’s happening in nature during the season and incorporate both short and long-term student projects. Examples include shelter building, owl prowls, and pond studies. These programs are geared towards ages 5-11 and take place outdoors at our 200-acre nature center in East Islip. Sessions are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.
Three sessions of the Naturalist Club will be held in the coming months: one for the fall (Oct-Dec), winter (Jan-March) and spring (Apr-June) seasons. Each session will include two separate groups, one for students ages 5 to 7, and one for students ages 8 to 12.
All Session take place on Tuesdays;
Fall session dates for the YOUNGER GROUP are as follows:
October 6 and October 20
November 10 and November 17
December 1 and December 15
Fall session dates for the OLDER GROUP are as follows:
October 13 and October 27
November 3 and November 24
Winter session dates for the YOUNGER GROUP are as follows:
January 5 and 19
February 2 and 16
March 2 and 16
Winter session dates for the OLDER GROUP are as follows:
January 12 and 26
February 9 and 23
March 9 and 23
Dates for the spring sessions will be announced as the seasons approach. All programs run from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The program fee is $120 per session. This cost is for all classes held in one season.
The Naturalist Club will be held at the South Shore Nature Center (130 Bayview Ave, East Islip, NY 11730). Programs will take place outdoors so students must be dressed for the weather.
We will follow all current COVID-19 guidelines, including the wearing of a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible and when indoo
Seatuck’s education programs seek to expose people to the diversity, beauty, and wonder of Long Island’s natural world. Such authentic outdoor experiences are the foundation upon which people develop their connection to the environment and concern for its conservation. Our programs foster a greater appreciation and understanding of Long Island wildlife and ecological systems in support of long-term conservation of the environment.
The South Shore Nature Center is a public nature center located in East Islip, New York. The facility is operated by the Seatuck Enviornmental Association through a partnership with the Town of Islip, which owns the property together with Suffolk County and The Nature Conservancy.
Guided by the principal that it’s ever too early to start developing a connection to nature, Seatuck’s pre-school programs seek to immerse youngsters in authentic, hands-on experiences in the natural world. The outdoors provide an unparalleled environment for learning and enrichment.