The South Shore Nature Center is a public nature center located in East Islip, New York. The facility is operated by the Seatuck Enviornmental Association through a partnership with the Town of Islip, which owns the property together with Suffolk County and The Nature Conservancy. The 200-acre preserve, which was established in 1977, stretches to the shores of the Great South Bay. It includes mature upland forests, freshwater wetlands and a vast salt marsh. It boasts an extensive network of trails and boardwalks that afford visitors miles of access to the property's beauty and ecological diversity. The facility's visitor center provides interactive exhibits and collections of both live animals and mounted wildlife specimens and dioramas. Restrooms are also available during public hours.
The Nature Center property is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week. The visitor center -- which was dedicated in 2013 as the Orr Wildlife Learning Center ("OWL Center") -- is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. and occassionally during the week depending on staff schedules.
Sorry, no pets are allowed on the property.
Directions to South Shore Nature Center:
Address: 130 Bayview Avenue, East Islip NY 11730
- Sunrise Highway (Rte. 27) to Exit 46 (Carleton Ave.)
- Follow Carleton Ave. south towards East Islip
- Turn RIGHT on to Main St. (Rte. 27A)
- Turn LEFT at next block on to Bayview Ave.
- Follow Bayview Ave. 1.5 miles to the entrance on the right.
- Park in the main parking lot on your right.