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 5-12 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 8 and one for 9 to 12.
All Session take place on Tuesdays;
Fall session dates for the YOUNGER GROUP are as follows:
October 5, 19
November 2, 16, and 30,
Fall session dates for the OLDER GROUP are as follows:
October 12, 26
November 9 and 23
December 7 and 21
All programs run from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The program fee is $125 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 at all times.
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.
Seatuck’s summer programs are based at the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip. During these programs our experienced staff of naturalists and teachers guide the students through nature, weather, and other environmental topics, all while exploring the outdoors in a playful way. These programs are perfect for children with an interest in nature, animals, plants or the environment. Most of our students return year after year…come and see why! There are two options based on age.
Seatuck’s Native Schoolyard Garden Program engages students in planning, prepping, planting and nurturing small native gardens on their school grounds. In the process, students gain valuable knowledge about their local environment and the natural world as teachers can easily incorporated lessons on the life cycle of plants, the role of insects as pollinators and decomposers and the value of native plants to birds and other wildlife, just to name a few.