Sports Scientist

Exercise is good for us, but what exactly is going on inside our bodies and our brains when we run, jump, and balance? In age appropriate activities, children 4 – 10 become sports scientists as they discover the science of the body in motion. Activities include a brief talk by Education Manager Tracy Strianese, followed (more…)

Father’s Day – Build a Bat Box

Join Biologist/Ranger Eric Powers as he de-mystifies the bat species. This natural predator of disease-carrying mosquitoes is often misunderstood and sometimes feared. We’ll learn why bats are great neighbors, and participants will build a bat box to take home. All equipment and materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own drills. (more…)

Summer Solstice Celebration

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.) A special Family Yoga session will be held at 6:30 – 7:15 pm, and you can paint the sunset. “BYO” picnic dinner and stay until the sun sets at (more…)

Seasonal Family Yoga

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…)

Bee Whispering at the Apiary

Discover the extraordinary honeybee in the Preserve’s Apiary in three 90-minute sessions this season. Beekeeper Jean-Marie Posner will lead programs about the biology and life cycle of this beneficial insect, and the complex social structure of the hive – including the powerful queen bee and her drones. Attend one or all sessions, and join any (more…)

H2O Investigator

Water sustains life and has many fascinating properties, so young investigators will begin by exploring our beach’s salt water environment on the Long Island Sound. Next, we’ll gather at our fresh water pond and the Phil Dejana Learning Center Outdoor Classroom for a range of fun, age-appropriate experiments and projects for children age 4 – (more…)

White Party, A Benefit for Education Programming

SAVE THE DATE! You’re invited to a summer party on Thursday, August 3, at 7 – 10 pm in the opulent setting of Hempstead House and Rose Garden to benefit education programming at the Sands Point Preserve. Individual Tickets: $85 per person VIP Tickets include a cocktail hour at the Stable: $125 per person Purchase online (more…)

Bug Scout

The Preserve is home to many insects, and Bug Scouts age 4 – 10 will head out to the Great Lawn, woods, pond, and beach in search of these little creatures in their habitats. We’ll look for flying insects and even dig into the soil to see what crawling bugs can be unearthed here. Participants (more…)

Village Day Fall Festival

September 24 Rain Date: October 1 The fall harvest season will be celebrated with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo; hayrides around the Great Lawn to view the early fall foliage; pony rides overlooking the Long Island Sound; pumpkin painting for budding artists; a Green Grocer market featuring award-winning artisanal (more…)

Dirt Detective

A close look at the Preserve’s soil, rocks, and fossils reveals many fascinating facts about our environment. Dirt Detectives age 4 – 10 will investigate below their feet at the beach, pond, and in the Phil Dejana Learning Center Outdoor Classroom and enjoy a range of hands-on projects and crafts, including a treasure hunt and (more…)