Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Bishop McGann-Mercy Environmental Wetland

This freshwater marsh provides an opportunity for students to explore the myriad ways in which diverse elements influence our environment on Long Island. 1225 Ostrander Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901. Tel: 631-727-5900. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Museum

581 W. Jericho Tpke., Smithtown, NY 11787. 631-265-1054. The nature museum offers environmental education programs. Fee/Free.

Center for Science Teaching & Learning

1 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. 516-764-0045. Environmental education hikes through the woods. Fee.

Connetquot River State Park

Box 505, Oakdale, New York 11769. 631-581-1072. Activities/Facilities: bird watching, cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, nature trails. Fee/Free.

Hempstead Plains

Nassau Community College, Department of Biology, 1 Education Drive, Hempstead, NY 11530. 516-572-7570. Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Hempstead Plains and to offering educational programs about this special and rapidly vanishing ecological and historical habitat. Suggested donation.

Jones Beach State Park

1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793. 516-785-1600. Activities/ Facilities: boardwalk, swimming, visitors and nature center with a range of environmental programs. Fee/Free.

Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences

100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11794. 631-632-8230. Students lean how to take care of their environment through recycling, composting, and energy conservation. In the lab, grade-appropriate activities will reinforce the ways we can "Go Green" on Long Island. Free/Suggested Donation.

Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center

Jones Beach State Park, P.O. Box 1000, Wantagh, NY 11793. 516-780-3295. The Center is on a barrier island beach within Jones Beach State Park. An exhibit area depicts a variety of marine habitats, a touch tank and hands-on activities. Outside the center, children can dig up whale bones in the Discovery Bone Cove, walk through the butterfly garden or view a shipwreck. Fee.