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Activities on Long Island For Nature Lovers in May

Activities on Long Island For Nature Lovers in May

From fun with critters to enjoying the great outdoors, these are the best activities on Long Island for kids who love nature this May.

Baby Animal Days
WHEN: Apr. 20 - May. 5, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit the baby farm animals including lambs, bunnies, chicks, and goats, plus enjoy hayrides.
WANT TO GO? $7.95. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

B.A.R.K.- Books Are Read to K-9s FREE
WHEN: May. 1 - 29, Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St., Setauket, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Visit the library and read some stories to a trained therapy dog.
WANT TO GO? 631-941-4080. emmaclark.org.

Guess Who Hatched? FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May. 2, 10-10:45am
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach, New York
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Discover the life cycle of a chick, then visit the library's chickens.
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.

Baby Animal Weekend
WHEN: May. 4 - 5, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Suffolk County Farm, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy unlimited wagon rides, visiting baby animals, hands-on activities for kids, and food trucks.
WANT TO GO? $8 ages 3 and older. 631-852-4610. ccesuffolk.org/suffolk-county-farm.

Nature and Bird Watching Cruise with Frank
WHEN: Saturday, May. 4, 9:45am-1pm
WHERE: South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Venture to Shinnecock Bay and see migratory birds, waterfowl, and seals.
WANT TO GO? $35; $25 members. 631-537-9735. sofo.org.

Family Butterfly Day
WHEN: Sunday, May. 5, 2-4pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See more than 120 butterflies, create butterfly crafts, and take home seeds for a butterfly garden.
WANT TO GO? $30 per car; $25 per car for members. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Meet the Ducklings Storytime and Craft FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, May. 8, 4:30-5:15pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Meet baby ducks, listen to duck stories, and design a rubber ducky.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

Exotic Animals FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May. 9, 4pm
WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road , Franklin Square, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Tackapausha Nature Preserve will be bringing animals from around the world.
WANT TO GO? 516-488-3444. franklinsquarepl.org.

Splish Splash, Animal Baths
WHEN: May. 11 - 25, Saturdays, 3-3:30pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Learn what goes into the care of LICM’s animals.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors 65 and older; free for members and children 1 and younger. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Birding with Frank FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May. 11, 10am
WHERE: South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: View spring migrants such as Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, ovenbirds, and perhaps a scarlet tanager. 
WANT TO GO? 631-537-9735. sofo.org.

Mother's Day at the CSH Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
WHEN: Sunday, May. 12, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Moms get in for free when they celebrate Mother's Day with their children.
WANT TO GO? $7; $6 seniors 65 and older; $5 ages 3-12; members free. 516-692-6768. cshfishhatchery.org.

Painting with Dog Vinci
WHEN: Thursday, May. 16, 4pm
WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road , Franklin Square, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn how to paint like Dagger Dog Vinci, the painting pup.
WANT TO GO? $1 material fee. 516-488-3444. franklinsquarepl.org.

Horseshoe Crab Program
WHEN: Saturday, May. 18, 7pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs.
WANT TO GO? $2 suggested donation. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Pet Adoption Fair FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May. 18, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Emma Clark Library, 120 Main St., Setauket, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the family and pick out a new pet!
WANT TO GO? 631-941-4080. emmaclark.org.

Jr. Marine Biologist
WHEN: Sunday, May. 19, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Sport Fishing Education Center and Aquaculture Facility, Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: This program includes hands-on time with live marine animals, beach activities, and a craft.
WANT TO GO? $25 for one adult and child; $5 each additional adult. 631-587-2873. ccesuffolk.org.

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show
WHEN: May. 23 - Sep. 2, Thursday-Sunday, times vary
WHERE: The Long Island Game Farm, 489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has made appearances on America's Got Talent and The Late Show with David Letterman.
WANT TO GO? $14; $16.95 children 3-12; free admission for children 2 and younger. 631-878-6644. longislandgamefarm.com.

Fidos After Five
WHEN: May. 25 - 26, 5-8pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your four-legged friends to join you on the premises.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors 62 and older and students with valid ID; $7 children 7-17; free for members and children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Black Racer Snake Search with Andy Sabin
WHEN: Saturday, May. 25, 9:30am
WHERE: South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Go on a search for the Northern Black Racer snake.
WANT TO GO? $10; $7.50 per child ages 3-12; free for members and children 2 and younger. 631-537-9735. sofo.org.

Salamander Seining…and Some Frogs Too, with Andy Sabin
WHEN: Saturday, May. 25, 10am
WHERE: South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the larval aquatic stage of the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander.
WANT TO GO? $10; $7.50 per child ages 3-12; free for members and children 2 and younger. 631-537-9735. sofo.org.

Bark in the Park Night and Ducks vs. Barnstormers
WHEN: Thursday, May. 30, 6:35pm
WHERE: Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Drive, Central Islip, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your pup to watch the Ducks!
WANT TO GO? $13-$15 game tickets; $14 Pooch Pass. 631-940-3825. liducks.com.

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