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!

Foraging at the Preserve with Steve Brill


  • May 26, 2018
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

If you like wild foods, this is a tour for you! Join “Wildman” Steve Brill for a special foraging tour of mid-spring plants on the preserve. We’ll search for herbs and greens found in sunny and partially shaded areas, including lemony sheep sorrel and wood sorrel, spicy poor man’s pepper and hedge mustard, piquant green brier, string bean-flavored (more…)

Father’s Day Birdhouse Building


  • June 17, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • June 17, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Last year, we built bat boxes for Father’s Day – this year, we’ll build and decorate bird houses to take home to your gardens. Create your own birdhouse with step by step instructions from biologist Eric Powers.  Admission price includes materials. Advance ticket purchase is required for this event. Purchase online or please call 516.570.2185.  Admission Conservancy Members: (more…)

Summer Solstice Celebration


  • June 21, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“BYO” picnic dinner and stay until the sun sets at 8:30 pm! 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.) First, we’ll take a guided walk into the woods, along the pond and shoreline with “Tree (more…)

Four Seasons of Family Yoga


  • Summer Family Yoga
    June 21, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Fall Family Yoga
    September 16, 2018
    10:00 am - 10:45 am

Experience the wonderful benefits of yoga with family and friends. Yoga practice aligns naturally with children’s imaginations as they create the shapes of animals and plants using their bodies. They stretch, bend, reach, and balance to become trees, turtles, and more. Bring a mat for each person, and wear comfortable clothing. Preregistration is requested: email (more…)

Build a Boat!


  • July 22, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Discover the science of how boats stay afloat, then test your skills by building your own boat out of recycled  materials. (more…)