South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center (SoFo)

South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center (SoFo) See live native reptiles and amphibians; explore our unique hands-on exhibits, marine touch tank, and butterfly garden. Take part in nature walks and workshops. Our experienced naturalists make a visit to the museum a personalized nature adventure!
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Admission: $10 for adults, $7.5 for children ages 3 to 12 years.

Throwback to our #EarthDay celebration! At SoFo, every day is Earth Day. Please join us as we strive to raise environmen...
05/13/2019

Throwback to our #EarthDay celebration! At SoFo, every day is Earth Day. Please join us as we strive to raise environmental awareness by providing the inspiration and tools for all of us to become caring and responsible stewards of our planet.

Northern Black Racers are fast-moving snakes and are out hunting during the daytime. They hibernate in the winter and ca...
05/13/2019

Northern Black Racers are fast-moving snakes and are out hunting during the daytime. They hibernate in the winter and can emerge in mid March. Northern Black racers are active hunters and eat insects, frogs, toads, small birds and small mammals. They pursue prey and swallow them whole. They are a extremely important for the sustainability of a healthy ecosystem. Here are some photos taken today in Vineyard Field. Please join us on May 25th as we search for these local serpents.

Wishing you all a happy #MothersDay!
05/12/2019

Wishing you all a happy #MothersDay!

05/12/2019

Today's program, "Observing the Animals of Vineyard Field-Like a Scientist" is cancelled due to rain.

Tomorrow, Saturday, come Birding with Frank—Spring Migration at Good Ground Park, Hampton Bays: Adults/Children 8+ at ...
05/10/2019
Birding with Frank—Spring Migration at Good Ground Park, Hampton Bays: Adults/Children 8+

Tomorrow, Saturday, come Birding with Frank—Spring Migration at Good Ground Park, Hampton Bays: Adults/Children 8+ at 10am!

[caption id=attachment_8912 align=alignleft width=300] Photo Credit: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren[/caption] Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Executive Director Just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays serves as a migration trap....

This year, SOFO is working with the East Hampton Town Trustees to survey Horseshoe Crab populations on the East End. We ...
05/09/2019
A Conversation with Xylia Serafy - The Sag Harbor Express

This year, SOFO is working with the East Hampton Town Trustees to survey Horseshoe Crab populations on the East End. We will be surveying Havens Beach on the nights of the full and new moon throughout May and June. Sag Harbor Express interviewed Xylia Serafy, SOFO Environmental Educator and one of the site coordinators for Havens Beach. Keep an eye out for updates!

Last week, a team launched a formal horseshoe crab survey at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor for the first time.

Let's clean the beach this weekend! Join us this Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 am – 11:00 am for "Beach Cleanup at Shinne...
05/09/2019
Beach Cleanup at Shinnecock East County Park—Cosponsor, Surfrider Foundation: All Ages

Let's clean the beach this weekend! Join us this Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 am – 11:00 am for "Beach Cleanup at Shinnecock East County Park—Cosponsor, Surfrider Foundation: All Ages"

Cleanup Crew: SOFO Environmental Educators and Surfrider Representatives Did you know it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down in the ocean? Every day thousands of tons of waste and trash are dumped into oceans worldwide. Not only does this waste harm—and sometimes kill—the marine l...

Join us tonight at 6:30pm for another session of our Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meeting!
05/08/2019
Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meeting

Join us tonight at 6:30pm for another session of our Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meeting!

Co-leaders: April Nill-Boitano & Lisa-Jae Eggert, Empire State Lyme Disease Association SOFO is hosting the Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meetings of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm, throughout the year. These group gathe...

Let’s venture by boat into the remote areas of Shinnecock Bay this Saturday, May 4, from 9:45am - 1pm. We will marvel ...
05/02/2019
*Nature and Bird Watching Cruise with Frank: Adults/Children 10+*STEAM Programming

Let’s venture by boat into the remote areas of Shinnecock Bay this Saturday, May 4, from 9:45am - 1pm. We will marvel at the wealth of migratory birds, waterfowl, and seals that inhabit the region at this time of year. We’ll cruise along areas of the salt marsh and sand flats that are not visible by land and hopefully witness the activities of a variety of wildlife. Bring binoculars and a light snack!

Program Leader: Frank Quevedo, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Executive Director Let’s venture by boat into the remote areas of Shinnecock Bay onboard Stony Brook University/Southampton’s 45-ft. research vessel, Peconic, and marvel at the wealth of migratory birds, waterfowl, and seals...

05/01/2019
SOFO’S 30TH ANNUAL SUMMER GALAJULY 13, 2019SOFO’s most important and exciting benefit of the year!

Buy your tickets now for our 30th Annual Summer Gala on Saturday, July 13, at the link below!

Our event, which last year was enjoyed by over 500 guests, will begin with our VIP Cocktail Reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, featuring a special Tasting Menu donated, created and presented by acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs.

Our main Reception will include an Honoree Presentation, a buffet dinner catered by Elegant Affairs Catering, live and silent auctions, and a very special performance by Livingston Taylor, who has shared the stage with major artists such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull.

Dancing to the spirited sounds of an 80s band in celebration of our 30th anniversary will follow and conclude at 11:00 pm.

SoFo is a family-friendly natural history museum of exploration and discovery for children and adults of all ages.

SOFO's observation deck is closed till further notice!  A pair of ospreys have decided to nest on our osprey platform.  ...
04/28/2019

SOFO's observation deck is closed till further notice!
A pair of ospreys have decided to nest on our osprey platform. We don't want to disrupt any of their breeding activity, so we've set up an indoor viewing station equipped with binoculars and a spotting scope. Below is a link to Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website to learn more about nesting ospreys.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/lifehistory#nesting

TONIGHT at 5PM: Workshop on Oyster Diseases, Pests, Predators, and Proper Handling of Harvested Oysters for Human Consum...
04/27/2019
East Hampton Shellfish Education and Enhancement Directive (EHSEED) Lecture/Workshop on Oyster Diseases, Pests, Predators, and Proper Handling of Harvested Oysters for Human Consumption

TONIGHT at 5PM: Workshop on Oyster Diseases, Pests, Predators, and Proper Handling of Harvested Oysters for Human Consumption. At this program, you’ll learn about these problems as well as about a simple protocol to follow—similar to the one we use to treat store bought meats and vegetables—in order to avoid illness when consuming raw shellfish.

Program Leader: John “Barley” Dunn, Director, East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery For growers and harvesters of oysters, an understanding of the diseases, pests, predators, and other problems that can affect oyster survival is essential. Knowledge of potential illnesses, caused by ubiquitous ba...

Tomorrow, Friday, from 10:30-11:30: Bugs, Beetles, & Bees of Vineyard Field! Join Miles on an exploration of Vineyard fi...
04/25/2019
Bugs, Beetles, & Bees of Vineyard Field—with Miles

Tomorrow, Friday, from 10:30-11:30: Bugs, Beetles, & Bees of Vineyard Field! Join Miles on an exploration of Vineyard field to see what kinds of bugs we can find, and learn how to identify them! Make sure to dress appropriately for ticks.

[caption id=attachment_8868 align=alignleft width=300] Photo Credit: Miles Todaro[/caption] All our favorite insects and arachnids start coming back out in the spring. Many are finally waking up after their long winter hibernation; others are just now hatching from their overwintered eggs. Join Mile...

Happy Earth Day!  Please see our daily programs scheduled for each day this week, leading to our Earth Day Celebration t...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! Please see our daily programs scheduled for each day this week, leading to our Earth Day Celebration this Saturday.

Join us next Saturday, April 27th for SOFO’s Earth Day Celebration which includes a host of free programs, from 10am t...
04/22/2019

Join us next Saturday, April 27th for SOFO’s Earth Day Celebration which includes a host of free programs, from 10am to 3pm, for the whole family to enjoy.

10:00am to 2:45pm
April Boitano will Train Your Eyes to be Tick Wise in a lesson about tick safety.
Long Island Power Solutions will enlighten visitors about solar power with their Solar House and Car, set up behind the museum.

10:00am to 11:45am
Sabrina McMannus—a local elementary school student —will be at the museum to educate visitors through her Endangered Species Awareness Project.
Making Things: The Art of Recycled Materials will be demonstrated by artist Virva Hinnemo.
Cosponsored by the Golden Eagle Artist Supply

SOFO Outreach and Education Coordinator Melanie Meade will fascinate visitors with her interactive Let’s Make Giant Soap Bubbles.
10:30am to 11:15am

SOFO’s Executive Director, Frank Quevedo, will lead a Nature Walk in the field behind the museum.
12:00pm to 1:00pm

1:00pm to 2:45pm
Making Things: The Art of Recycled Material will be demonstrated by artist/illustrator Michele Mott.
Cosponsored by the Golden Eagle Artist Supply
Writer, Dell Cullum will talk about his book The Wild Adventures of Scurry the Squirrel, illustrated by Michele Mott.
Fun4UFaces will decorate you with Nature-themed Face Painting.
Secrets of the Pond will be revealed by SOFO Environmental Educator Miles Todaro.

3:00pm to 4:00pm: There is a charge for this program
Jungle Bob’s Live Animal Bonanza! Unusual, Unknown, and sometimes Unloved: An Introduction to Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrate Animals Up-Close with the one and only Jungle Bob. There is a fee for this program and advanced reservations are necessary: Please call (631) 537-9735 or email [email protected] to make reservations. Pay at the SOFO main desk on the day of the program.
SOFO members: $10 per adult, $5 per child under 12
Non-members: $15 per adult, $10 per child under 12

Hope all you bunnies are having a hopping Easter!
04/21/2019

Hope all you bunnies are having a hopping Easter!

Wishing you all a happy #Passover!
04/21/2019

Wishing you all a happy #Passover!

Tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am, is another session of the Young Birders Club—Purple Martins with John Shemilt, SOFO’s P...
04/19/2019
*Young Birders Club—Purple Martins with John Shemilt, SOFO’s Purple Martin Steward: Children/Teens ages 8 – 18*STEAM Programming

Tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am, is another session of the Young Birders Club—Purple Martins with John Shemilt, SOFO’s Purple Martin Steward: Children/Teens ages 8 – 18

Club Leader: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator Birding is a great way to make new friends, learn about the environment, and get outside…so join our Young Birders Club! The Club meets from 10 am – noon on the third Saturday of every month and is open to...

Let’s go Birding with Joe Giunta! Tomorrow, Saturday, at 8am—Early Spring Migration at Promised Land: Adults
04/19/2019
Birding with Joe Giunta—Early Spring Migration at Promised Land: Adults

Let’s go Birding with Joe Giunta! Tomorrow, Saturday, at 8am—Early Spring Migration at Promised Land: Adults

[caption id=attachment_8853 align=alignleft width=300] Photo Credit: Dan Pancamo[/caption] Walk Leader: Joe Giunta, birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, trip leader for New York City Audubon and lecturer for many local chapters, and owner of Happy Warblers LLC, a birding and education...

Join us tomorrow, April 19, at 8 PM for a One Hour Full “Pink Moon” Hike with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FL...
04/18/2019
One Hour Full “Pink Moon” Hike with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG): All Ages

Join us tomorrow, April 19, at 8 PM for a One Hour Full “Pink Moon” Hike with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG): All Ages!

Walk Leader: Jean Dodds, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt Secretary/Treasurer Join FLPG and SOFO on a leisurely-paced, one hour hike through open-field trails. The Pink Moon name comes from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Oth...

We are so excited to announce that SOFO's Purple Martins are slowly returning from their wintering grounds.  SOFO's Purp...
04/16/2019

We are so excited to announce that SOFO's Purple Martins are slowly returning from their wintering grounds. SOFO's Purple Martin Steward, John Shemilt prepared the nesting gourds well in advance of their arrival. Last year's colony, yielded 115 fledglings. Stay tuned!!!!

Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye out for these little guys crossing the road this spring!
04/15/2019

Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye out for these little guys crossing the road this spring!

04/14/2019

The Museum will closing today at 2:00PM for a private birthday party.

Join us tomorrow at 10:30am for SOFO Shark Research & Education Program—Gearing Up for the 2019 Field Season with Chie...
04/13/2019
*SOFO Shark Research & Education Program—Gearing Up for the 2019 Field Season with Chief Field Coordinator Greg Metzger: All Ages*STEAM Programming

Join us tomorrow at 10:30am for SOFO Shark Research & Education Program—Gearing Up for the 2019 Field Season with Chief Field Coordinator Greg Metzger: All Ages!

[caption id=attachment_8847 align=alignleft width=200] Photo Credit: OCEARCH / R. Snow[/caption] SOFO’s Shark Research & Education Program Chief Field Coordinator, Greg Metzger, will give participants a look behind the research. Our field season may only be June-August but the preparation leading ...

Join us TONIGHT AT 7pm for an Astronomy Talk & Moon/Star Viewing with Montauk Observatory!
04/12/2019
*The Lure of the Moon and the Legacy of Apollo—Astronomy Talk & Moon/Star Viewing with Montauk Observatory: Adults/Children Ages 10+*STEAM Programming

Join us TONIGHT AT 7pm for an Astronomy Talk & Moon/Star Viewing with Montauk Observatory!

[caption id=attachment_8843 align=alignleft width=260] Photo Credit: NASA/JPL[/caption] Speaker & Observation Leader: William Francis Taylor, NASA Solar System Ambassador & Montauk Observatory Educator The Moon is the closest world to the Earth and the most distant place humans have ever set foot on...

Join us Wednesday at 6:30 pm for Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meeting.These group gatherings will provid...
04/08/2019
Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meeting

Join us Wednesday at 6:30 pm for Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meeting.

These group gatherings will provide the following—support, education, resources, hope, referrals, advocacy, and science. Interested participants should check the schedule at www.tickwise.org prior to each meeting for changes or cancellations.

[caption id=attachment_8841 align=alignleft width=208] Willy Burgdorfer[/caption] Co-leaders: April Nill-Boitano & Lisa-Jae Eggert, Empire State Lyme Disease Association SOFO is hosting the Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support & Advocacy Meetings of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association on the 2nd....

04/04/2019
Six-Mile Nature Hike at Mashomack Preserve with SOFO: Adults/Teens

Join us this Saturday at 10 AM for a Six-Mile Nature Hike at Mashomack Preserve with SOFO: Adults/Teens!
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Shelter Island’s Mashomack Preserve is one of the biggest and most spectacular nature preserves on Long Island. Its 2,039 acres protect a huge variety of habitats and countless species of native plants and animals. Join Miles on this six-mile loop hike through the heart of the preserve, and learn what you can find in this “Jewel of the Peconic.”

[caption id=attachment_8833 align=alignleft width=300] Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy[/caption] Hike Leader: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator Shelter Island’s Mashomack Preserve is one of the biggest and most spectacular nature preserves on Long Island. Its...

It’s never too early to teach the younger generation about the environment, and all of its creatures! Photo: @ebayemil...
04/03/2019

It’s never too early to teach the younger generation about the environment, and all of its creatures! Photo: @ebayemily

Please Save the Date for SoFo's 30th Annual Summer Gala this July 13 celebrating 30 years of nature conservation, educat...
04/02/2019

Please Save the Date for SoFo's 30th Annual Summer Gala this July 13 celebrating 30 years of nature conservation, education, & exploration empowering families to become responsible stewards of our planet.
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Buy tickets now at sofo.org/summer-gala

This Sunday, March 31, 10:30 am:Poetry is a way to express our ideas about our environment. For example: what words do y...
03/28/2019
The Language of Trees—Let’s Create Poet-Tree: Children ages 8+*New STEAM based programming

This Sunday, March 31, 10:30 am:

Poetry is a way to express our ideas about our environment. For example: what words do you think of when you look at a tree? Can you use words to make a picture that says something about the importance of trees to wildlife? To humans? To you? We’ll write some tree poems of our own to describe a tree near home or in a park or preserve.

  Program Leader: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum Education Coordinator and Environmental Educator Poetry is a way to express our ideas about our environment. For example: what words do you think of when you look at a tree? Can you use words to make a picture that says something ab...

The school group season is kicking into full swing. We are sorry to announce that the Museum will be closed all-day tomo...
03/27/2019
Calendar

The school group season is kicking into full swing. We are sorry to announce that the Museum will be closed all-day tomorrow for two school group visits. We will re-open on Friday at 10AM. Please be sure to check our website at https://sofo.org/calendar to be informed of any future scheduling changes.

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03/25/2019

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Awesome time today at Miss S 7th bday at @sofomuseum Gaven had a blast. #sofo #hamptons #familyfun #mackid #hamptonsparties

03/24/2019

We will be closed today from 2:00pm - 4:00pm for a private birthday party. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, March 23 at 2PM for New York’s Great White Shark Nursery—Research Advances & Future Plan...
03/23/2019
New York’s Great White Shark Nursery—Research Advances & Future Plans: Adult/Teen

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, March 23 at 2PM for New York’s Great White Shark Nursery—Research Advances & Future Plans: Adult/Teens! Over the last few years, members of SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program have been making great strides in studying the unique population of juvenile great white sharks found off Long Island’s south shore. Please join us as shark expert Dr. Tobey Curtis reviews the progress to date on the study of the white shark nursery area in our backyard, and learn about the exciting new technology that will give unprecedented insights into the behavior, ecology, and conservation of these young sharks.

[caption id=attachment_8374 align=alignleft width=300] Crew Tagging First Juvenile Great White Shark in North Atlantic[/caption] Program Presenter: Dr. Tobey Curtis, Lead Collaborating Scientist for the South Fork Natural History Museum Shark Research and Education Program Over the last few years, m...

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377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, PO Box 455
Bridgehampton, NY
11932

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The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) is a 501(C) 3, nonprofit, membership, nature education organization, chartered by the New York State Department of Education. The museum’s mission is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the unique natural history of the South Fork of Long Island, New York.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(631) 537-9735

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