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Visitors on a nature hike

Guided Nature Walks 2024


  • Summer at the Sea
    July 27, 2024
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Fall Foliage
    November 2, 2024
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for this series of all-ages 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. Our expert guide, environmental educator Hildur Palsdottir,  brings a range of perspectives for each outdoor adventure.  (Event Information)

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing


  • Session Two
    July 29, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Session Three
    August 5, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Take the first step and learn how to dance today! Join us for an Introduction to Ballroom Dance in a fun and casual setting at the Sands Point Preserve with our instructor from Ballroom Boutique, Donatas Nacajus. We are offering classes to learn the basics of Ballroom Dancing.  The aim of the classes is to teach  (Event Information)

Summer Breeze Bash: Yacht Rock at the Preserve


  • July 30, 2024
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a concert enjoying the breezy soft rock and cool vibe of the Yacht Lobsters. Fused with stellar vocals and a full horn section, the group has the unique elements of NOLA funk, classic rock and jazz improvisation to keep things bouncy. Bring a picnic dinner, snack or beverage or take advantage of  (Event Information)

Hempstead House Tours


  • July 31, 2024
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • August 14, 2024
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • August 21, 2024
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

See the grand rooms inside the massive 50,000-square-foot Tudor-style mansion, the former summer residence of Howard Gould (1912-1917) and later Daniel and Florence Guggenheim (1917-1930). PLEASE NOTE:  TOURS ARE LIMITED IN GROUP SIZE AND TEND TO SELL OUT.  PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO PURCHASE TICKETS.  OUR WELCOME CENTER WHERE TICKETS ARE PURCHASED OPENS AT 11AM.  Hempstead  (Event Information)

Monthly Meditation


  • August 1, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • September 5, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • October 3, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • November 7, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • December 5, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Hildur Palsdottir for an evening of nature-based mindfulness and meditation on the first Thursday of every month. Classes will be held in the beautiful rooms of the Preserve’s mansions, or in the Hempstead House Garden when weather permits. With these sessions we will explore techniques specifically aimed at stress reduction. With kind curiosity Hildur  (Event Information)

Wilderness Survival Series


  • Making Fire with Friction
    August 3, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Making Fire with Sparks
    September 7, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the Saturday Wilderness Survival Skills, a new program for 2024! This series of mini workshops, led by survival enthusiasts Eric Powers and Mike Evans, is ideal for beginners and seasoned outdoor aficionados alike. Dive into essential survival skills, from emergency preparedness to advanced bushcraft techniques, exploring key concepts like the Rule of  (Event Information)

Creative Writing Workshops


  • Imagery & Mood
    August 8, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Setting & Movement
    August 22, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • World Building
    September 5, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Character & Conflict
    September 19, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Reading to an Audience
    September 26, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Hosted by the Sands Point Preserve in collaboration with The Story Round, these skill-based writing workshops are designed to inspire writers of all levels. Set against the stunning backdrop of Castle Gould, Hempstead House, and the Long Island Sound, writers will engage in exercises that blend the art of storytelling with the natural beauty of  (Event Information)

Summer Celebration at Castle Gould


  • Session One
    August 17, 2024
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Session Two
    August 17, 2024
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join your Favorite Snow Sisters and their 2 Best Friends for the first ever SUMMER CELEBRATION at Castle Gould! Their Silly Snowman friend LOVES the summer, so come and help us celebrate his favorite season! This event features the Ice Queen, Snow Princess, Silly Snowman and the Ice Harvester in the ballroom of a real  (Event Information)

Photograph of a forest in spring.

Forest Bathing 2024


  • September 14, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • October 6, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • November 9, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • December 14, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take a meditative Forest Bathing walk, led by certified guide Linda Lombardo. Based on the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, a wellness practice developed in the 1980s, each unique walk inspires mindful connections with the natural elements of the woods for a range of healthful benefits. According to Linda, “Take this time to be present, lower  (Event Information)

Qigong


  • Late Summer Adult Class
    September 15, 2024
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Late Summer Family Class
    September 15, 2024
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Fall Adult Class
    November 17, 2024
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Fall Family Class
    November 17, 2024
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Qigong is considered one of the five branches of Asian Medicine, a foundation for martial arts, and a spiritual practice revered in Daoist and Chan Buddhist tradition. Qi is a vital element found in everything: the sun, the trees, the wind, the sky, the blooming flowers in spring and the falling leaves in the fall. Qi is  (Event Information)