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!

North Shore Audubon Society Bird Walk


  • April 24, 2021
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
  • June 5, 2021
    8:00 am - 9:30 am

North Shore Audubon Society director, Peggy Maslow, and a team of guides will lead small groups through the Preserve’s diverse habitats in search of bird species that thrive here. The Sands Point Preserve is ranked on eBird as one of the best locations in Nassau County to see both migratory and resident birds. This time  (Event Information)

Outdoor Adventures with Ranger Eric


  • April 24, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • May 29, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • June 26, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • July 31, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • August 28, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • September 25, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • October 30, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • November 27, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • December 18, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Biologist and ranger Eric Powers knows the Preserve’s wildlife and landscape like the back of his hand after years of leading marvelous nature programs, including the popular Owl Prowl, Pond Exploration, and the fantastic Overnight Wilderness Survival courses. He was just named Long Island Sierra Club Environmentalist of the Year! In 2021, Ranger Eric will lead  (Event Information)

Guided Nature Walks


  • May 8, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • June 12, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • July 10, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • August 14, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • September 11, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • October 9, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • November 13, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • December 11, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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.  (Event Information)

Spring Celebration


  • May 8, 2021
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Rain Date
    May 15, 2021
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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, organic vegetables and herbs, and plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators.   (Event Information)