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!

Family Yoga


  • March 3, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • June 20, 2019
    7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • September 22, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am

Experience the wonderful benefits of yoga with family and friends. (more…)

Guided Nature Walks


  • Where is Life in Winter?
    March 10, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Earth as a System Exploration
    April 14, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • A Search for Spring
    May 12, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Life Between the Tides
    June 9, 2019
    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. (more…)

Animal Tracks


  • March 16, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ranger Eric Powers is an expert on animal foot prints – among so many topics in nature – and in this program, we’ll hone our detective skills and venture into the woods to identify native animals by the tracks they leave behind. Can you identify the footprint above? Hint: it is a very cute rodent… (more…)

Celestial Weekend


  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 30, 2019
    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 30, 2019
    5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 30, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 30, 2019
    7:15 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 31, 2019
    11:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 31, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Starlab Planetarium
    March 31, 2019
    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Explore the universe in a fascinating digital display inside the inflatable Starlab Planetarium in Castle Gould. (more…)

Pond Exploration


  • April 13, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Discover the fascinating aquatic residents of our fresh water pond with Biologist Eric Powers. (more…)

Family Butterfly Day


  • May 5, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venture into the immersive live butterfly exhibit in Hempstead House! More than 120 exotic butterflies will call the “Breakfast Room” home, complete with an indoor tropical garden and fresh citrus fruit on which to feed. See if you can identify all of the species! Butterfly crafts and educational activities will be available in the mansion (more…)

Father’s Day Bee Box Building


  • June 16, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Discover the vital role that bees play in our environment – then build your own Bee Block to encourage these helpful insects to make a home on your property. (more…)

Summer Solstice Celebration


  • June 20, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

BYO picnic dinner and stay until the sun sets! 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.) We’ll have guided walks into the woods, along the pond and shoreline; nature-based art projects; a special Family Yoga (more…)

Village Day Fall Festival


  • September 8, 2019
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrated the autumn season with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo; hayrides around the Great Lawn; pony rides overlooking the Long Island Sound; pumpkin painting for budding artists; a Green Grocer market featuring award-winning artisanal cheeses and farm picked vegetables. Refreshments will be available for purchase. (more…)

International Coastal Cleanup


  • September 21, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Help collect debris on the Preserve’s beautiful beach and be a part of the international initiative to clean up beaches and waterways around the globe. (more…)