Coastal Conservation with Senator Elaine Phillips

Join Senator Elaine Phillips for a special post-Thanksgiving gathering at the preserve. Meet at Castle Gould’s Clock Tower at 10 am for a brief address followed by a guided nature walk to the beach with Sol Center founder Hildur Palsdottir. We ask participants to stay for a beach cleanup – gloves and bags will be (more…)

Four Seasons of 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…)


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, and a snowy “I SPY” scene will make the frosty season enjoyable for all. Admission Members: $10 per car Non-Members: $20 per car Includes parking Payments are (more…)

Celestial Weekend March 23 & 24

Explore the universe in a fascinating digital display inside the inflatable Starlab Planetarium in Castle Gould. Discover the planets and moons that comprise our solar system, and watch for comets, asteroids, and meteor showers! Choose one 30-minute session during our Celestial Weekend. On Saturday, March 24, after sunset, stay on for real outdoor stargazing at (more…)

Pond Exploration

Biologist Eric Powers leads two sessions of the popular Pond Exploration program at 10 am – 11:30 am and noon to 1:30 pm. We’ll get our hands dirty as we explore our freshwater pond with nets, buckets, and magnifying lenses. (more…)

Spring Celebration

Every season brings beautiful changes to the Preserve’s landscape, and, in springtime, we celebrate the return of longer days, warmer temperatures – and budding trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. While these blooms occur naturally, we have much work to do to plant colorful annuals, fresh herbs, and plants to attract butterflies. At the Spring Celebration, visitors (more…)

Father’s Day Birdhouse Building

Last year, we built bat boxes for Father’s Day – this year, we’ll build bird houses to take home to your gardens. Create your own birdhouse with step by step instructions from biologist Eric Powers. (more…)

Summer Solstice Celebration

“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…)

Built a Boat!

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