Garvies Point Museum Day: Nature Walks, Garden Tours at Glen Cove


After a two-year hiatus, Garvies Point Museum Day returns on August 6, promising a day full of fun, flora and fauna. The museum and reserve will host different family-friendly programs, including a papermaking workshop for adults and children, notes director Veronica Natale.

“What we do is we recycle the old paper and then they can make new paper out of it,” Natale explains.

An expert from Seaford’s Tackapausha Museum will also give a live presentation of native animals, such as owls and snakes.

The Nassau County Parks Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove offers weekly and daily programs, lectures and lectures on the geological and ecological development of Long Island.
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Visitors can take guided nature walks along the 62-acre preserve, watch birds, and explore Hempstead Harbor Beach.


Garden tours will feature native plants that attract birds, butterflies, insects and pollinators, Natale says, adding that lemon balm, goldenrod, mountain mint, ironweed and asters make part of many blooming flowers.

“The audience will have the opportunity to learn what can be done in your own garden to encourage pollinators and native birds and what they need to survive,” says Natale. “They will also have the chance to observe butterflies and pollinators in action.”

Children can participate in an insect study, where they will observe all the different insects in the meadow and gardens. “They’ll find caterpillars, butterflies, beetles – many of which you can also find in your own backyard,” says Natale.

Museum educator Dimitria Patrikis, leads a family group, Albert Polvorosa,...

Museum educator Dimitria Patrikis leads a family group, Albert Polvorosa, 42, of Garden City Park, Cheryl-Ann, 43, son Alexavier, 8, Anderson, 5, and daughter Charlotte-Ann, 2, during a shellfish learning session.
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Present to animate nature or “biotic” walks along the eight kilometers of trails, John Carbone, educator at Garvies, will point the finger at “producers, consumers and decomposers”.

“We basically talk about everything we see: plants, animals and fungi, and what their role is in the cycle of the environment and the food chain and how they relate to each other and the symbiotic relationships between plants. and animals,” explains Carbone.
Bird watchers: BYOB (bring your own binoculars) or borrow them from the museum, and you might spot a variety of feathered friends, from blue jays to cardinals, robins, orioles, sparrows, warblers and finches.

“Some of the biggest things we have are the red-tailed hawks, the great horned owls,” Carbone says, adding that there are plenty of ospreys, which mainly eat fish and nest on the shore.

As it is not the migratory season, only resident birds will be present, explains Natale.

“It’s also learning about common birds that people might see and for kids, they don’t always know how to identify a bird, the types of areas they live in, the habitats and behaviors of common birds” , explains Natale.

On the beach promenade, visitors can explore snails, clams, mussels and crabs, as well as shorebirds: osprey, seagulls, plovers and the occasional egret or heron.

“Another interesting thing about the beach is that there is clay: it is one of the reasons why we are a geology museum,” explains Carbone. “This is one of two locations on Long Island where Cretaceous period clay is exposed at the surface.” The other place you’ll find on Long Island: Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve in Lloyd Harbor.

Running along a cliff, the multicolored clay draws its variegated pigments from different minerals.


For anyone wishing to spend some time indoors, there is an interactive woodland village in the museum’s exhibit hall, which depicts indigenous life in the 17th and 18th centuries.

“Kids can go in a wigwam and we have a dugout canoe,” Natale says, adding that a three-sister garden of Native American staples of corn, beans and squash is also on display.

Other exhibits to see include seashells, Native American archaeology, geology, rocks, fossils, gems and minerals, the formation of Long Island, and North American and Long Island archaeology.

Garvies Point Museum Day

WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove

NEWS 516-571-8010,

ADMISSION $5 5 and over (free 4 and under)


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