Family Nature Programs

The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy offers nature education programs and seasonal celebrations for families throughout the year. Children of all ages are welcome.

Our unique programs include STEM and STEAM curriculum-based activities, so children are discovering facts and concepts that relate directly to their studies in school while having fun at the Preserve.

Programs take place inside the historic mansions and the Phil Dejana Learning Center & Outdoor Classroom; weather permitting, we also venture out to the Great Lawn, gardens, woods, beach and pond for hands-on learning experiences. Please check the location for specific programs at the Gatehouse when you arrive. Adult supervision is required for all family programs.

Most programs are discounted with a 12-month membership. Join online!


  • Winterfest
    January 27, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A celebration of the coldest season is fun inside Hempstead House, where the fireplaces roar, and the mansion is filled with exciting family activities. Winter-themed crafts and reading room, a “Freezing” demonstration, guided nature walks, and a snowy “I SPY” scene will make the frosty season enjoyable for all. Admission Members: $10 per car Non-Members: $20 (more…)

Growing Love Gardening at the Preserve

  • February 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The cold winter season is the perfect time to plan your gardens, for fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the growing seasons.  The Growing Love Community Garden and Sands Point Preserve Conservancy partner up in Castle Gould’s Great Hall to educate interested gardeners – from children to adults – in two special sessions to inspire everyone to think (more…)

Guided Nature Walks

  • February 10, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for this monthly series of themed walks as we explore different aspects of the preserve’s environment, encompassing its unique physical features and wildlife, as well as critical conservation issues and helpful practices to create a healthy, sustainable environment. Our expert guides include Tree Sister Hildur Palsdottir, Port Washington Monarch Alliance Founder David Jakim, (more…)

Family Butterfly Day

  • May 5, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venture into the immersive live butterfly exhibit in Hempstead House! More than 120 exotic butterflies will call the “Breakfast Room” home, complete with an indoor tropical garden and fresh citrus fruit on which to feed. See if you can identify all of the species! Butterfly crafts and educational activities will be available in the mansion (more…)

Summer Solstice Celebration

  • June 20, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

BYO picnic dinner and stay until the sun sets! Spend the longest day of the year outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Sands Point Preserve. (We’ll step inside one of our mansions, if it rains.) We’ll have guided walks into the woods, along the pond and shoreline; nature-based art projects; a special Family Yoga (more…)

Village Day Fall Festival

  • September 8, 2019
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

September 8 Rain Date: September 15 Celebrated the autumn season with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo; hayrides around the Great Lawn; pony rides overlooking the Long Island Sound; pumpkin painting for budding artists; a Green Grocer market featuring award-winning artisanal cheeses and farm picked vegetables. Refreshments will be available (more…)