About our Summer Education Programs
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.
Let your student explore the wonders of nature through these week-long summer programs at the 200-acre South Shore Nature Center. We’ll get them outside, get their hands dirty, and help them develop their connection to the natural world! This program is for students entering Kindergarten through 7th grade. Students are grouped by age, which may vary slightly from week to week, depending on enrollment. Programs run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We are following all protocols put in place by the NYS Department of Public Health & the CDC.
Summer 2021 Summer Explorer Program Dates
Little Nature Explorers
Much like our school-age Summer Explorer program this week-long program will give your preschooler the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature at the 200-acre South Shore Nature Center. We’ll get them outside, get their hands dirty, and help them develop an early connection to the natural world! This program is for students who have not yet started Kindergarten and may benefit from a shorter day. Programs run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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.
Northern Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus) are a native North American ground bird that historically ranged across much of the Central and Eastern United States. The species, which thrived when forests were cleared and mixed-use agriculture characterized the Colonial landscape, has suffered dramatic declines in the past century as grassland habitat has been lost to development and industrial agriculture.
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.