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This CSA Farm Tour will introduce children to the wonderful  3-acre community farm. Children will learn the benefits of eating organic, seasonal vegetables.  In addition, they will be able to meet and feed chickens as well as engage in a craft and/or demonstration, weather permitting. Appropriate farm attire such as closed-toed shoes is required.  All state-mandated Covid-19 restrictions apply.  While students are with the educators, a parent or guardian must remain on the premises at all times. Classes held rain or shine! For more information, please call or e-mail Elizabeth Herrick, the Education Coordinator, to secure your spot! 

About Bayard Cutting Arboretum

440 Montauk Highway

Great River, NY


    Bayard Cutting Arboretum was donated to the Long Island State Park Region by Mrs. William Bayard Cutting and her daughter, Mrs. Olivia James, in memory of William Bayard Cutting, “to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty; and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting.”

    The current collection of fir, spruce, pine, cypress, hemlock, yew and other lesser known conifers is still probably the most extensive to be found on Long Island. Contained within the collection are several trees which, regionally, are the largest of their species. Also found are extensive plantings of dwarf evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, hollies and oaks. Wildflowers and daffodils are featured in many native woodland locations. Combined with the site’s ponds and streamlets, these areas also provide opportunities to observe a broad range of land and aquatic birds and occasional glimpses of fox, raccoon and other small wildlife.

    Located in the former Cutting residence are magnificent fireplaces, woodworkings, stained glass windows and a small natural history display. The manor house also contains a café with an open porch overlooking the Connetquot River and the administration office.