Our community is following the social distancing guidelines to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. We encourage you to still enjoy the outdoors as much as possible with your family whether it is watching birds in your garden or taking a walk. Spring is here and there is much to observe and enjoy. Check our Facebook page for suggested daily outdoor or Nature-related activities. You can also message us for ideas, to ask questions if you have trouble identifying something you find in Nature, or simply to let us know when you see a plant emerge or an Osprey return to a nesting platform.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to run our Summer Program. Please click here for our Summer Program Information, thank you!
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
We are delighted to announce that the North Fork Audubon Society (NFAS) is taking Turtleback Farm Programs under its wing! Both organizations engage the North Fork community towards conservation action through environmental stewardship, ”community scientist” (aka citizen science) projects, exploration, and education. The Eastern End of Long Island is an Audubon-designated Important Bird Area. Together, TBF and NFAS will continue to work towards protecting birds and their habitats.
Our home base will be located at the Roy Latham Nature Center at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport, the home of the North Fork Audubon Society. Although many of our programs will take place at the Nature Center (aka The Red House), we will continue to run programs at various host sites as we have in the past. As of February 14th, all program registration will be through the NFAS. Although we will post programs and events here, please refer to their website for additional program information. North Fork Audubon Society
Although it will not be required, we encourage the TBF community to become members of the North Fork Audubon Society. Members will receive discounts on all programs, with some programs free for members. We will hold events for members, like Birds & Bagels, a weekend morning meet-up for bagels followed by birding activities. Members may also receive discounts at the annual native plant sale and other retail-related fund-raisers. The Annual Membership is $25 for Individuals and $30 for Families. BECOME A MEMBER
UPCOMING EVENTS WINTER 2020
Saturday, February 8th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Family Full Moon Night Hike & Owl Prowl
Saturday, February 15th, 10:00-12:00, Birds & Bagels: Great Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, February 16th, 10:00-12:00, Young Birders Club: Great Backyard Bird Count
Tuesday February 18th – Thursday February 20th, Winter Program for ages 5-12, 9:00-1:00 @ Roy Latham Nature Center
Saturday, February 29th, 10 am – 12 noon, BWQ Restoration Project, New Suffolk – Volunteers Needed!
Saturday, March 21st, Vernal Equinox and Return of the Osprey Celebration (2nd Annual)
Winter Solstice Celebration Saturday, December 21st, 4:30-5:45 pm, Southold, Join us for our first annual Winter Solstice Celebration as we welcome the longer days to come with warmth and light. Drumming, bonfire, night hike and activities, hot cocoa and cookies! This event is for all ages, suggested donation is $5 per person.
Science & Nature Programs are offered throughout the year to families, home schooling groups, and girl scout troops. School Holiday and School Break Programs for upper primary aged students are also available.
The Nature School: Cutchogue 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays. Fridays will be added soon. This outdoor educational enrichment program is designed to run each week during the school calendar year. The Nature School, which is separate from our regular programs, is an “outdoor school” focusing on Science, Math, Art, Writing, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship.
Young Birders Club Budding Ornithologists explore the basics of bird anatomy, song, behavior, field identification, and the natural history of local species. Binoculars are recommended but not required. Participants should be comfortable with hiking and being outdoors in all seasons. Next meeting is Saturday January 18th. Spittlebugs Nature Awareness Program Morning Nature Exploration Series for Ages 3-5 and their caregivers (ages 18 months to age 7 welcome) starts back up in the Spring of 2020!
Saturday Afternoon Family Nature Hikes Next hike is Saturday January 11th for full moon night hike and owl prowl.
DOWN THE ROAD Summer Program: To learn about our weeklong summer programs, please visit the Summer Program page. Monday-Friday, 9 am – 2 pm. Different host locations throughout the North Fork from Cutchogue to Southold. This enrichment program thematically integrates science, art, writing, games, cooperative activities, nature awareness, and more.
Saturday, January 11th, 11:00 am: Join us as we stand with Lea on January 11th at the Riverhead Aquarium as she creates change for our planet. #bethechange #youthforclimate #onelove