1ST ANNUAL MONTAUK 5K TRAIL RACE
Join other nature lovers, environmentalists, runners and friends in this 1st Annual Montauk 5K Trail Race. Get pledges and run to raise money for Group for the South Fork.s environmental programs (or just run for the fun of it)! This beautiful and challenging 5K trail race will take place in historic Camp Hero State Park and includes spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. To register, call or e-mail Mike Bottini: firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 267-5228.
GROUP FOR THE SOUTH FORK'S
Attention trivia nerds, pub-crawlers, members and friends! Join Kate Schertel and Jodi Grindrod at Buckley's Irish Pub in Southampton for a fun night of quizzing and quenching, topped off with CASH and PRIZES! Teams of up to five people will compete for a 1st prize of $200 and 2nd prize of $100 by answering quiz questions about the environment and other interesting topics. Get your friends together to share some laughs while benefiting and learning more about the Group for the South Fork. For more information, or to register a team, please contact Jodi (631-537-1400, ext. 23; email@example.com) or Kate (631-537-1400, ext. 13; firstname.lastname@example.org) before Friday, September 30th. Registration is $100 per team, including qualification for the cash prize and one raffle ticket per person. 21 and over only please. Raffle prizes include: A football signed by Hall-of-Fame quarterback, Steve Young, of the San Francisco 49-ers and a Style consultation plus three hours of customized shopping in New York City by a professional fashion advisor.
Start the fall season with a visit to one of Suffolk County's most interesting freshwater wetlands systems at the Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve in western Southampton Town. Join Group for the South Fork President Bob DeLuca for a comfortable hike along the edge of the property's serene freshwater pond, which once fed an extensive commercial cranberry bog that produced some 21,000 bushels of fruit each year. Contact Bob DeLuca for reservations and directions: email@example.com or 631-537-1400, ext. 16.
BLOCK ISLAND NATURAL
Don't miss this unique opportunity to see the natural wonders of Block Island with naturalist Mike Bottini. Trip price includes guided hikes, two nights accommodation at the historic Mitchell Cottage, round trip ferry from Montauk, Saturday breakfast-lunch-dinner and Sunday breakfast. Scott Comings of the Block Island Chapter of the Nature Conservancy will join us for dinner Saturday night to discuss his organization's work on the island. An optional kayak tour has been arranged for Sunday morning. Depart Montauk Friday; return to Montauk Sunday. Cost will be approximately $300 for members and $350 for non-members based on double occupancy. Space is limited to 12 people. To reserve a place or if you have any questions, contact Mike Bottini at firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 267-5228.
BIRDING WORKSHOP: BIRDS IN AUTUMN
Join one of Group for the South Fork's birding specialists, Charlie Capp, for an hour-long presentation on the behavior of northeastern birds in the fall. This will be an indoor course focusing on slides and discussion. For information and reservations, contact Charlie at (631) 537-1400, ext. 12, or email@example.com.
CELEBRATE AT THE GRACE ESTATE!
Enjoy the beauty of the Grace Estate while honoring the 20th anniversary of its preservation! The Group for the South Fork will team up with many local environmental organizations to commemorate the preservation of this area, revisit its history, renew public interest in the gorgeous Northwest region of East Hampton, and inform the public about the goals being established for enhancing the land and water in this region. Informed speakers and guided hikes will tell stories of the history behind the preservation of this beautiful area. Meet at the Van Scoy Cemetery near the pullout on Northwest Road near Cedar Point in East Hampton. Please contact Kate Schertel for directions and more information at (631) 537-1400, ext. 13, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?
Bring your furry friends along for a hike on the coastal trail overlooking Fort Pond Bay and Block Island Sound. Dog lovers welcome; dogs are optional. Bring water, a leash, a bag for picking up after your dog and enough treats for everyone. For information and reservations, contact Elise Jacobs at (631)537-1400, ext. 21, or email@example.com.
WILDLIFE MIGRATION ALONG DUNE ROAD
This midday wildlife search along Dune Road is timed to coincide with low tide, enhancing our chances to see shorebirds and wading birds. If winds are blowing from the northwest, migrating songbirds, hawks, and butterflies may compete for our attention. Please bring binoculars. For information and reservations, contact Steve Biasetti at (631) 537-1400, ext. 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIKE BACK IN TIME
October is a great time to think and learn about the times gone by. Join Kate Schertel on a bike ride to get out, enjoy the crisp fall air, and explore the history of Southampton Village. The ride (just under 5 miles) will culminate at the Southampton Historical Museum, where participants can eat lunch and pay a small fee to discover even more gems of the past. Wear layered clothing (and a helmet), bring a bag lunch, and don.t forget your water bottle. Not suitable for children under the age of 12. For reservations and information (including directions to the meeting spot), please contact Kate Schertel at (631) 537-1400, ext. 13, or email@example.com.
FAMILY FUN. ALL ABOUT SQUIRRELS!
How fast can a squirrel run? How far can squirrels hop? Why do they have such big bushy tails? Kids, bring your parents and learn how to hop like a squirrel and collect food for winter. As we go searching for squirrels, we.ll also have a chance to collect twigs, leaves, acorns and other natural treasures for making a collage to bring home. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Cedar Point County Park. For information, reservations and directions, contact Anita Wright at (631) 537-1400, ext. 17, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFTER SCHOOL FAMILY HIKE
Bring family and friends to beat "cabin fever" and have some fun on an invigorating after-school hike through the Laurel Valley Preserve (off of Deerfield Road in Noyac). We will walk under the gnarly branches and evergreen leaves of beautiful mountain laurels and meander through twisting trails as we admire the beauty of the day's last light. A complimentary cup of hot chocolate will be available at the conclusion for warming up while making new friends! All ages are welcome, but this hike may be difficult for children under 10 years old. For reservations and directions, please contact Kate Schertel at (631) 537-1400, ext. 13, or email@example.com.
FALL TWIG WALK
Join Environmental Educators Anita Wright and Elise Jacobs on a walk through the woodlands of Barcelona Neck Preserve and learn to identify a handful of common woody plants by their twigs and buds alone. Beginners and experts welcome. Sketchbooks and journals are optional. For information and reservations, contact Elise at (631)537-1400, ext. 21, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTAUK SEAL TREK
Hike along a serpentine trail through a maritime oak-holly forest to the shores of Block Island Sound to see harbor seals basking just off shore. For information and reservations, contact Elise Jacobs at (631)537-1400, ext. 21, or email@example.com.
THE SEALS OF MORICHES INLET
Each year, from November to April, good numbers of harbor seals may be seen on the Moriches Bay side of Cupsogue County Park. The aim of this short hike is to observe seals swimming in the bay waters as well as resting on exposed sandbars. Please bring binoculars. For information and reservations, contact Steve Biasetti at (631) 537-1400, ext. 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org.