Hofstra Arboretum (& Trail) |
129 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11550
Link: Hofstra Arboretum Website
|Open dawn to dusk year-round.
Hofstra University campus has been officially designated a National Arboretum. The Arboretum features 240 acres with more than 12,000 evergreen and deciduous trees representing 625 species and varieties. Specialized gardens include a sensory garden for the physically challenged (Sensory Gardens), and the New American Garden of easy-care perennials and ornamental grasses on its North Campus.
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center |
Jones Beach State Park, West End 2
Wantagh, NY 11793
|Open daily: 9 am - 4:30 pm. Call for summer hours.
A pioneering facility exploring how energy consumption shapes the natural environment. The Center activates the coastal landscape as a living example of these relationships. The net-zero building models show how architecture, design, and technology can adapt to a changing environment to meet our energy needs. Through dynamic and accessible indoor and outdoor exhibits, educational programming and public events, the Center showcases ways visitors can become conscientious environmental stewards and smart energy consumers.
Jones Beach State Park (NY State property) |
1 Ocean Parkway
|Pool, Miniature Golf, Shuffleboard, Tennis/Pickleball, Basketball, Nature Center, Bicycling, Surfing, Fishing, Playgrounds, WildPlay
Tackapausha Museum & Preserve |
2225 Washington Avenue
Seaford, NY 11783
|Open year round Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm;
closed Monday - Wednesday.
A museum of natural history, Tackapausha Museum directs its attention to the living things in our environment, featuring the animals and plants of Long Island. Over 100 live animals housed in the museum. The 84-acre preserve replete with streams, ponds and 5 miles of unpaved Greenbelt hiking trails is a wildlife sanctuary devoted to nature, recreation and education. It is one of the last Atlantic White Cedar swamps in Nassau County. Handicap-accessible.
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center |
|Location: Jones Beach State Park, West End,
Exhibit area with displays that depict the various habitats of the barrier beach island. Children's area contains several "hands on" educational activities.
Hours: Open weekends year round 10 am to 4 pm; Memorial Day, Labor Day, Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm