Summer Programs

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.

Nature Explorers

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.

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.

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General Public Programs

Our all-ages programs are targeted for family groups and designed to be suitable for everyone. Our adult programs are more challenging, offer a higher-level interpretation & instruction, and focus on more sophisticated topics.

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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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Education

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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