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 26, 2020
    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.  (Event Information)

Four Seasons of Family Yoga


  • Winter Family Yoga
    February 2, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Spring Family Yoga
    April 5, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Summer Family Yoga
    June 21, 2020
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fall Family Yoga
    September 13, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am

Experience the wonderful benefits of yoga with family and friends.  (Event Information)

Guided Nature Walks


  • February 9, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 8, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 5, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 10, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 14, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 12, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 9, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 13, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 11, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 8, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 13, 2020
    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.  (Event Information)

Spring Celebration


  • April 26, 2020
    1:00 pm - 4:00 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, fresh herbs, and plants to attract butterflies. At the Spring Celebration, visitors  (Event Information)

Father’s Day Owl Box Building


  • June 21, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In 2020, Father’s Day falls on the Summer Solstice! Join us at 5 – 6 pm for Biologist Eric Power’s fascinating program on Long Island’s native owls – from tiny screetch owls to great horned owls. You’ll discover the basic physiology and behaviors of these magnificent raptors – then Eric will give step-by-step instructions for  (Event Information)

Summer Solstice Celebration


  • June 21, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Rain or Shine! On the eve of the Solstice, welcome Summer with a BYO picnic dinner and watch the sunset outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Sands Point Preserve. We’ll have a guided walk into the woods, along the pond and shoreline; nature-based art projects; a special Family Yoga session; lawn games, plein-air watercolor painting, and  (Event Information)

National Honeybee Day


  • August 15, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Honeybees serve a vital purpose in our environment as pollinators. Discover the world of the extraordinary honeybee and the mysteries of honey as we explore its many special qualities.  (Event Information)