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 incorporates 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 the fall, winter, and spring.

2022-23 Sessions

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 8 to 12.

All sessions take place on Tuesdays;

Fall session dates for the YOUNGER GROUP are as follows:

October 4, 18

November  1, 15, 29

December 13

Fall session dates for the OLDER GROUP are as follows:

October 11, 25

November  8, 22

December 6, 20

Winter sessions dates for the  GROUPs will go live in mid November but will follow the same pattern of every other Tuesday in January, February and March

Spring Sessions dates will be in:




All programs run from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The program fee is $150 per session. This cost is for all classes held in one season.  

$335 if you register for all three seasons at once. 

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.

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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.

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Professional Teacher Development

Seatuck has been providing professional development opportunities for teachers for over a decade. This work focuses on helping teachers develop a deeper understanding of Long Island’s natural history and learning techniques for using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom and incorporating the natural world into daily lessons. Seatuck’s work with teachers includes both the annual year-long Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology Workshop and custom, shorter trainings for teacher groups, grade levels, administrators, schools or districts.

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Summer Programs

Seatuck’s summer programs are perfect for children with an interest in nature, animals, plants or the environment.

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