Education

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About our Educational Programs

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.

We offer a variety of public programs for pre-school children, students, adults, and families. We also offer training for teachers and other professionals (including the Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology Workshop), and a range of private programs for schools, early childcare providers, scouts, businesses and more.

“IN THE END, WE WILL CONSERVE ONLY WHAT WE LOVE;
WE WILL LOVE ONLY WHAT WE UNDERSTAND;
AND WE UNDERSTAND ONLY WHAT WE ARE TAUGHT.”

Baba Dioum, Senagalese Conservationist, 1968

Biaba Dioum’s famous saying, made during a speech before the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), is often used to explain the importance of environmental education. At Seatuck, we have a slightly different take on Dioum’s wise words: We think a love of nature and the development of a conservation ethic begins, most fundamentally, with a connection to the natural world. And these connections start with experiences in the outdoors. I

n an era when mobile phones, televisions and other factors increasingly conspire to keep people (especially children) from having such experiences, our education programs seek to get people outside for authentic experiences in nature. From that simple starting point, we can teach about the natural world, expand understanding and – as our education team likes to say – grow future conservationists!

Public Programs

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Pre-School

It's never too early to get your preschooler outside, connecting to nature and learning the many lessons the natural world has to offer!

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Summer Explorers

Week-long summer programs give students a fun chance to get their feet wet, their hands dirty and grow their connection to nature!

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After School
Programs

Our after school offerings foster students' innate interest in the natural world and develop their skills as budding naturalists.

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General Public Programs

Join our naturalists as we explore Long Island's beautiful places and fascinating natural history!

Teachers & Schools

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School Programs & Field Trips

Our experienced educators provide customized programs for the classroom, the schoolyard or parks and preserves across Long Island.

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Native Schoolyard Garden Program

Schoolyard gardens provide hands-on activities for students, as well as endless lessons in natural history.

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Quail in the Classroom

Raising native Bobwhite Quail provides school children with lessons in the life-cycle and wildlife conservation.

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Day in the Life

Classes of all ages can help us take an annual one day snapshot of the ecological health of several rivers and streams on the South Shore.

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Professional Teacher Development

Seatuck provides teacher training through the Greentree Foundation Teachers' Ecology Workshop and other custom programs.

Related Information

South Shore Nature Center

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.

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After School Programs

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.

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Day in the Life

A Day in the Life A Day in the Life Program Seatuck participates in the annual Long Island “A Day in the Life” program, which was initiated on Carmans River in 2014 by the Long Island Pine Barrens Commission in

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