East End Eco-Ventures

Join us to explore the east end of Long Island through nature-based outdoor adventures and educational activities.


Long Island’s Terrestrial Mammals

Friday, October 13 at 7:30 pm
Peconic Lane Community Center

1170 Peconic Lane, Peconic NY (map)

Join North Fork Audubon for Mike Bottini’s presentation on Long Island’s terrestrial mammals, from the tiny least shrew to the white-tailed deer, with interesting natural history facts for each species, including updates on the status and distribution of river otters and coyotes here on the Island.


Summer 2017 Nature Paddles

July 22, 2017   (9 am – 11 am)  Nature Paddle in Sag Harbor’s Back Bays

Join this nature paddle with wildlife biologist Mike Bottini to learn about the coves, bays, salt ponds and tidal creeks that comprise the northern terminus of the Long Pond Greenbelt, and efforts to better protect the native flora and fauna found there. Sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Society; register with them at 631-537-9735.

Contact Mike for kayak and SUP rentals (631-267-5228 or mike@mikebottini.com)

MEET: Cove Road. Heading towards Sag Harbor on the Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike, turn left onto Glover Street, turn left onto Redwood Road, continue past the WLNG radio station (one your left). The next right is Cove Road.

August 5, 2017  (9 am – 11 am)   Alewife Brook Nature Paddle

Timed to ride the tail end of the incoming tide from Northwest Harbor to Alewife Pond, and return on the ebb tide. Alewife Brook is one of the most scenic stretches of water on the east end. Learn about the area’s history and ecology with wildlife biologist Mike Bottini. sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Society; register with them at 631-537-9735.

Contact Mike for kayak and SUP rentals (631-267-5228 or mike@mikebottini.com)

MEET: at the end of Alewife Brook Road, one mile past the entrance to Cedar Point County Park.

September 16, 2017  (9 am – 11 am)   Georgica Pond Paddle

This nature paddle coincides with peak migration of the Monarch Butterfly. Learn about the conservation issues facing this amazing creature, whose numbers have plummeted in recent years, as we look for evidence of their recovery with wildlife biologist Mike Bottini. Sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Society; register with them at 631-537-9735.

Contact Mike for kayak and SUP rentals (631-267-5228 or mike@mikebottini.com)

MEET: Montauk Highway rest area just east of Wainscott (east of Rte. 27 and Wainscott – Stone Road intersection)


June 2017 Nature Paddles

Sagg Pond Paddle with Peconic Land Trust
Friday June 9, 2017
NOTE: this trip is full

Northwest Creek Nature Paddle with South Fork Natural History Society
Saturday June 24, 2017
9 am – 11 am
We’ll search for two very different estuarine species that will be laying eggs during this month. Timed to coincide with the new moon high tide, the ancient and interesting Horseshoe Crab should be visible laying eggs during the late morning high tide. We will discuss current conservation concerns related to Horseshoe Crabs, their important ecological role in the ecosystem, and some of their unique features for life in the estuary. June is also nesting time for our native turtles, including our year-round resident of the estuary: the Diamondback Terrapin. We will look for evidence of their nests on shore, and discuss current conservation efforts to protect this species. Please register at South Fork Natural History Museum: 631-537-9735

Napeague Harbor Paddle with East Hampton Trails Preservation Society
Thursday June 29, 2017
6 pm – 8:30 pm
A one mile paddle along the scenic state parkland bordering the east side of Napeague Harbor to Goff Point for a BYO picnic, and return by the light of the setting sun. Bring a flashlight for packing up and dress for a cool evening on the water. Contact Mike (mike@peconic.org or 631-267-5228) if you need to rent a kayak or SUP. Meet at the end of Napeague Harbor Road.


Montauk Natural History Weekend

Snowy Owl, Walking Dunes, winter 2013 weekend (Joe Costa photo).

           Snowy Owl, Walking Dunes, winter 2013 weekend (Joe Costa photo).

Montauk Winter Weekend

January 13 – 15, 2017

Winter is a quiet time but also peak birding and seal-watching time. Hike the bluffs, “Walking Dunes”, beaches, Hither Woods, Napeague Dunes, and visit the Montauk seal haulout site. Weekend accommodations (Friday and Saturday nights) are at the Montauk Manor House with an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, and a spacious lobby where we meet. Suites are large with kitchen, living room, bedroom; some are duplex and many have 2 baths, 2 separate entrances.

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Field Trips: Montauk Bluffs and Lighthouse (ocean beach); Seal Haulout / Oyster Pond; Walking Dunes at Hither Hills; Camp Hero Woods & Bluffs; Napeague Dunes and Beach; Big Reed Pond State Park; Point Woods streams and bluffs; Mickey’s Great Geology Walk; Birding by Car (on very cold days).

All hikes are fairly easy and we stop to talk about flora, fauna, history, etc.

Cost: $395 includes 2 nights (double occupancy; additional $140 for single room), 5 meals, 5 guided hikes, 2 evening programs and star watch, plus free pickup at LIRR station.

If you’d like to just join us for the nature walks, meet in the lobby of the Montauk Manor (8:30 am for the morning walk; 1:30 pm for the afternoon walk); $10 per person fee.

Trip Leaders: Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe and Mike Bottini

To register, send check to:

American Littoral Society

28 West 9th Road

Broad Channel, NY 11693

For more info & reservations call (718) 474-0896 or e-mail ALS chapter Director Don Riepe at: don@littoralsociety.org.

This is a partnership program with American Littoral Society and NYC Audubon.


September Paddle Trips

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Friday, September 16
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join the Peconic Land Trust for a full moon paddle of scenic Northwest Harbor. After launching, you will paddle to the beach for a BYO picnic dinner and enjoy the sunset, before returning to our starting point by the light of the full moon. Don’t forget your blanket or towel to sit on, a warm layer for the return trip, and a flashlight.  Limited space available, pre-paid registration required.   Rentals: single kayak $50, stand-up paddleboard $60, or double kayak or canoe $70.  Bring your own kayak or canoe for $10 per person.  For more information and to reserve, please call the Peconic Land Trust at 631.283.3195 or email to Events@PeconicLandTrust.org.

Nature Paddle: Georgica Pond Monarch Butterfly Watch
Saturday  September 17
9 am – 11 am
Enjoy this annual South Fork Natural History Society paddle on Georgica Pond down to the ocean beach during the peak of the Monarch Butterfly migration. Learn the details of the Monarch’s amazing journey, along with current conservation issues facing this beautiful insect. Kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals available: $40 single kayak; $60 tandem kayaks and canoes; $50 paddleboard (SUP). Lifejackets are included. Call SoFo for reservations and directions to meeting place: (631) 537-9735. To rent boats or paddleboards, contact Mike Bottini at 631- 267-5228 or mike@mikebottini.com.


Upcoming Paddle in August and September

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Wednesday,  August 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 9 pm
We’ll meet at the Northwest Creek access at the end of Northwest Landing Road for a short paddle on Northwest Harbor to a picnic spot (BYO picnic), catch the sunset and moonrise, and return by moonlight. Bring a flashlight and dress for a cool evening on the water. Leader: Mike Bottini (mike@peconic.org).
Sponsored by the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Free if you have your own boat. Contact Mike if you need to rent a kayak or SUP.

Coastal Processes at Napeague Harbor
Sunday  August  21
9 am – 11 am
On this nature paddle we will visit a flood tide delta and the site of an old inlet and learn how natural coastal processes and human activities have shaped this harbor’s shoreline.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Free for SOFO members; $10 for non-members. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.

Georgica Pond Monarch Butterfly Watch
Saturday  September 17
9 am – 11 am
Enjoy this annual paddle on Georgica Pond down to the ocean beach during the peak of the Monarch Butterfly migration. Learn the details of the Monarch’s amazing journey, along with current conservation issues facing this beautiful insect.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Free for SOFO members; $10 for non-members. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
NOTE: contingent on results of September water testing.


2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp

2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration is still open!

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2015 Campers

This unique program combines marine and beach ecology, wildlife tracking, water safety and paddling skills on the East End.  Students (ages 9-15) will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.  The course will also cover water safety, reading ocean currents and rip tides, as well as ocean swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing.

Led by Ocean-Certified Lifeguards and Wildlife Biologists
Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Session 1:  July 25–28 (4 classes; rain date July 29Description: hulimacphotos:EEEV Photos/Cards:OtterHeadSketch#1.jpg)
Session 2:  August 8–11 (4 classes; rain date August 12)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Georgica Beach (East Hampton Village) and Northwest Creek, East Hampton.
Fee Per Session (includes all equipment): $400 per camper; $360 for LINO members

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER at longislandnature.org

More information and great photos of past camps available here.


Permaculture – Ecological Practices for Our Future

WHEN: Sat, Jun 18, 2016  from 10:00-11:30 AM

WHERE:Quail Hill Farm – Deep Lane, Amagansett
Similar to acknowledging a whole-body approach to medicine, there is a whole-systems approach to our interaction with the environment, called “permaculture.” Join the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm to meet permaculture practitioners Katrina Siladi and Juliana Duryea as they discuss this important perspective and explain steps you can take to implement sustainable and ecological practices into your daily living. Program is FREE – please bring a blanket or folding chair and meet in the orchard. Parking along Deep Lane.
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