Seatuck's public programs include offerings for pre-school children, students, adults and families.
Our pre-school offerings include weekly programs for the child and a caregiver, as well as a drop-off program. The weekly programs, for children ages 2.5 to 5, are offered throughout the year and generally focus on a seasonal topic. The programs are based outdoors and include engaging, hands-on activities, such as planting, scavenger hunts, arts-and-crafts and more. Click here for a listing of current pre-school programs.
The drop-off program, called Little Peepers, is the first nature center-based program of its kind in Suffolk County. It is located at the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip, but includes regular visits to the Environmental Center at the Scully Estate. The program, for children ages 3-5, runs for 2.5 hours each day, 5 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The curriculum includes a comprehensive blend of environmental education and traditional, play based preschool standards. We use the natural world as the guiding theme when we present science, art and music, math, language and literacy, dramatic play and other curriculum areas. In this way, we address each child's total development with an interesting and hands-on program that teaches children to love the world around them. Click here for more information about Little Peepers.
Seatuck offers a variety of programs for school-aged children throughout the year, including after-school nature clubs, vacation workshops and summer camps. The programs are generally grouped by grade level.
Our all-ages programs are targeted for family groups and designed to be suitable for everyone. Our naturalists tailor the programs depending on the attendees and endeavor to vary their level of interpretation to make the program enjoyable and educational for all ages. The offerings include bird walks, pond explorations, geocaching adventures, evening hikes and everything in between!
Seatuck's program schedule includes a regular collection of adult-only programs. These programs are more challenging, offer higher-level interpretation & instruction and/or focus on more sophisticated topics than our all-ages programs. They include lectures, long hikes, botany walks, nature photography workshops, art & nature programs and more.