Pine Barrens Discovery Day

Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Rain date Sunday, September 13

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FREE!

A full-day of fun for the whole family, there is something for everyone ages 5 to Adult!

Come learn about one of Long Island’s most important natural areas by experiencing it first hand! Participate in Funshops, Nature Walks, Kids Discovery Center games and activities, and Exhibits for the entire family!

Our funshops include presentations about Long Island’s Birds of Prey, Marine Life, Flying Squirrels, Fire Tower History, Fire Rangers, Wildlife Forensics and MORE. Also join an expert naturalist guided walk along the trails of Refuge and the Core of the Central Pine Barrens!

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on Nature Walks
Remember to wear sunscreen and insect repellent!

THE 8th ANNUAL PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY DAY

Wertheim Refuge

Location

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley at the LI Complex Visitor Center!
340 Smith Road Shirley, NY 11967
South of Montauk Highway, West of William Floyd Parkway

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Activities

  • KIDS Discovery Center
  • Funshops
  • Nature Walks
  • Exhibitors

Schedule for Pine Barrens Discovery Day

Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Rain date Sunday, September 13

Session A 10:00a.m. – 10:30a.m.

Funshop

Presenter

Birds of Prey!
Location: Southern back patio/Lawn area

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

Session B 10:40a.m. – 11:10a.m.

Funshop

Presenter

Long Island Marine Life—Barrens to Bay!
Location: Southern back patio

Long Island Aquarium

Session C - Nature Walk 10:40a.m. – 12:30p.m

Title

Presenter

Hike the Pine Barrens
Location: White Oak Trail

Bob McGrath, Pine Barrens Society

Session D 11:20a.m. –11:50a.m.

Funshop

Presenter

Unwanted visitor — Southern Pine Beetle
Location: Environmental Education Room

Tom Casey, Long Isand Greenbelt Trail

Session E 11:20a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Seine the Carmans River Explorations!
Location: West Dock, Carmans RIver

Barrens to Bay Summer staff

Session F 11:20a.m. – 2:20p.m.

Underwater Robotics —Follow fish & Build an ROV!
Location: Multi purpose room

Brett Curlew, Nassau BOCES

Session G 12:00p.m. – 12:30p.m. 

Funshop

Presenter

Tracking Turtles!   
Location: Environmental Education Room

Tim Green, Brookhaven National Lab

Birds of Prey!
Location: Southern back patio/Lawn area

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

Session H 12:40p.m. – 1:10p.m.

Funshop

Presenter

Long Island Native Plants
Location: Environmental Education Room

Polly Weingnand, Long Island Native Plant Initiative

Forest Fire in the Pine Barrens
Location: Southern back patio/Lawn area

NYSDEC Forest Rangers

Session I  1:20p.m. – 1:50p.m.

Funshop

Presenter

Pine Barrens Nature Sketching 
Location: Environmental Education Room

Erin Gettler, Brookhaven National Lab

Session J 1:20p.m. – 2:30p.m.

Funshop

Presenter

Pitch Pine Bonsai
Location: Southern back patio/Lawn area

Giocomo Mule, Master Gardener

Session K - Nature Walk 2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Title

Presenter

Hike the Pine Barrens
Location: White Oak Trail

Tom Casey and Assemblyman Englebright

Session L 2:40p.m. – 3:15p.m.

Funshop

Presenter

Smart Phone Nature Photography
Location: Environmental Education Room

Erin Gettler, Brookhaven National Lab

LIVE MUSIC 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Joy and the Weatheman

This husband and wife duo offers a versatile, diverse, and refreshing style that switches easily from peaceful, easy going ballads to rhythmic rock tunes that keeps freshness in all their sets. Set lists range from the 50s to present day Rock, Pop, Country, Folk, and Alternative. Carefully orchestrated music sets showcase the melodic and harmonious vocal talents of this duo, plus the rich acoustic sounds of Tim’s guitar playing, which ranges from soft finger picking to raucous rock rhythms.

For more up-to-date information, see Joy and The Weatherman - now on Facebook!

Descriptions of Programs and Activities

KIDS Discovery Center (Back lawn, under tent)

10a.m. —4p.m.

Come join the NYSDEC Environmental Education staff for fun, hands-on learning! They are offering environmentally themed crafts throughout the day for children Pre K- 6th grade (or those young at heart). In addition, they will have skulls, pelts and specimens from NYS mammals on display with presentation on Wildlife Forensics periodically throughout the day.


Fun Shops!

Learn about Long Island Native Plants
Come learn about some of Long Islands Native Plants and the role they play in our local ecosystem. Learn about seed collecting and the different types of seeds we collect and how to grow your very own native plant. Also, come discover how native plants support pollinators and take home you very own milkweed plant to help support Monarch butterflies!!

Instructor: Paul Anderson, Long Island Native Plant Initiative
Location: Environmneetal Education Room
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:   50


The Unwanted Visitor: Southern Pine Beetle
The Insect That’s Eating the Pine Barrens! A nasty invader has reached Long Island and is attacking our forests. Learn how the Southern Pine Beetle came here, how it affects our pines, how to spot it, and what, if anything, can be done to slow its advance.

Instructor: Tom Casey, Green Belt Trail Conference
Location: Environmental Education Room
Ages: All Ages!
Maximum occupancy:  50 


Learn about Long Island Native Plants
Come learn about some of Long Islands Native Plants and the role they play in our local ecosystem. Learn about seed collecting and the different types of seeds we collect and how to grow your very own native plant. Also, come discover how native plants support pollinators and take home you very own milkweed plant to help support Monarch butterflies!!

Instructor: Polly Weingnand, Long Island Native Plant Initiative
Location: Environmental Education Room
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:   50


Smart Phone Nature Photography
They say the best camera is the one you are carrying. These days, almost everyone has a smart phone, and the cameras are better than ever. Learn to use photographers' techniques to get the best pictures out of your smart phone camera, while honing your eye for nature's beauty by taking a photo walk around the refuge. Please charge all smart phones prior to participating in the program.

Instructor: Erin Gettler, Brookhaven National Lab Artist and Naturalist (www.thefamiliarwilderness.com, birdseedfieldguide.tumblr.com)
Location: Environmental Education Room
Ages: 10 years +
Maximum occupancy:  15 


Pine Barrens Nature Sketching
Immerse yourself in nature while engaging your creative side. In this workshop, we will explore how the practice of nature sketching and nature journaling can deepen awareness and appreciation for the world around us. Artists of all levels are welcome, since the emphasis on this workshop is on practicing observation skills and enjoying the outdoors!
Bring a notebook or blank paper and a pencil and eraser, and any other art supplies you are comfortable using outside, such as colored pencils or watercolors.

Instructor: Erin Gettler, Brookhaven National Lab Artist and Naturalist (www.thefamiliarwilderness.com, birdseedfieldguide.tumblr.com)
Location: Environmental Education Room
Ages: 8 years +
Maximum occupancy:  20 


Birds of Prey
This program will introduce folks to live birds of prey, as they meet a few of the Quogue Refuge’s resident raptors. Learn the personal history of each native New York animal and why it lives at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, as well as the adaptations that allow these animals to be such incredible hunters. Come see LIVE Birds of Prey up close and personal!

Instructor: Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Location: Southern Back Patio/Lawn area
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:  50 


Tracking Turtles!
Wildlife biologists use radio-telemetry to learn more about wildlife. This hands- on workshop will allow you to experience how to listen to signals and find transmitters that are typically attached to eastern box turtles. You will also learn a little about ongoing research on eastern box turtles and why it is important to learn more about them in order to protect them.

Instructor: Tim Green – Natural Resource Manager at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Location: Environmental Education Room
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:  20 


Seine the Carmans River Explorations!
If you love to explore, this is for you. Each participant will be given a net to dock scrap away! Be prepared to find crabs, American eels and other fascinating estuarine creatures. We will also seine the river and observe and identify the fish that call the Carmans River home. Fall is a great time to see what tropical fish may find their way up the river too!

Instructor: Barrens to Bay Summer camp staff
Location: West Dock, Carmans River
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:  20 


Forest Fire Control in the Pine Barrens
This will be a fun introduction to the Forest Ranger’s job, forest fire management in the Pine Barrens and tools and the equipment used to fight forest fires and conduct prescribed fires. There will be a demonstration of tools and equipment used on prescribed fires and forest fires. See first hand Engine # 161 spray some water, apply some fire foam and show all the tools needed to keep us safe!

Instructor: NYSDEC Forest Rangers
Location: Southern Back Patio and grassy area at rear of building
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:   15


Underwater Robotics: Follow Fish and Build a ROV!
Learn about Long Island’s rich history of the Carmans River biology, ecology, and archeology by deploying an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV). In this interdisciplinary workshop, students will learn how improvements in modern technology have allowed researchers to learn more about these underwater locations. Students will use modern instrumentation and develop engineering skills to research the following:

  • Marine biology, ecology, and archeology
  • Design, engineer, and construct a submersible Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  • Deploy the ROV in the field to explore the underwater environment
  • Learn to use tools needed to investigate and document an underwater site

Instructor: Brett Curlew, Nassau BOCES
Location: Mulit-Purpose Room
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:  15 

Pitch Pine Bonsai
In this fun shop, traditional techniques of pruning, wiring, shaping and transplanting will transform a Pitch Pine Seedling into a starter bonsai. As we work on our tree, we will talk about the important role of the Pine Barrens ecosystem on Long Island. Each participant will receive one tree, training wire, groundcover, bonsai pot, care sheet, and hands-on instruction to create his or her bonsai.

Instructor: Giacomo Mule, Master Gardener and Organic Horticulturist
Location: Southern Back Patio/Lawn area
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:  25 


Long Island’s Marine Life – Barrens to the Bay!
The creatures living along our shores come in many different colors and shapes, and this program gives participants the chance to meet some of these diverse characters. Attendees will learn about the diverse coastal environments surrounding Long Island as well as the animals that have adapted to those specific habitats.

Instructor: Long Island Aquarium
Location: Southern Back Patio/Lawn area
Ages: All ages!
Maximum occupancy:  30 

Nature Walks in the Pine Barrens

Wear sturdy foot gear, bring water, insect repellent and
your camera if you like to capture nature at its best!

Pine Barrens Walk @ White Oak Trail

The White Oak Trail features oak-pine woodlands, grasslands, and fresh, brackish and salt water wetlands. These habitats attract and support many types of wildlife including white-tailed deer, osprey, muskrat, fox, turtles, frogs and fish. This hike will take you to the west side of the Carmans River.

Guides:   Mr. Bob McGrath, Tom Casey & Steven Englebright- NY State Assemblyman
Assemblyman Englebright is one of the greatest supporters and protectors of the Pine Barrens and is a renowned naturalist. He worked as Curator of Geologic Collections at SUNY/Stony Brook and was the founding director of the Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences. Englebright served as a Suffolk County legislator from 1983 until his election to the New York State Assembly in 1992 and is currently Chair, Committee on Environmental Conservation.

Location:   Meet at Trail Head behind the Visitor Center
Note: Suitable for ages 7 and up.  **Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult**
Maximum occupancy:  20 people

Exhibitors

The Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission

Assemblyman Steve Englebright

Art Flick Chapter Trout Unlimited

Friends of Wertheim NWR

Brookhaven National Lab- Science Learning Center

Long Island Aquarium

Brookhaven National Lab- Open Space Stewardship Program

Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference

Art Flick Chapter Ducks Unlimited

Long Island Native Plant Initiative

Giacomo Mule, Master Gardner & Organic Horticulturist

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Save the Animals Rescue Foundation (S.T.A.R.)       

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

 

Your Connection to Nature

 

Mastic Beach Historical Society

 

Joy and the Weatherman

Brought to you by The Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission
Central Pine Barrens Joint planning and  Policy Commission

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Media Sponsor:
Media Sponsor WSHU Radio Group

Questions?

Call: 631-288-1079



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