Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


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Storm Water Lecture and Rain Barrel Painting @ The Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come hear PEP present on storm water pollution and the Peconic Estuary. Rain or melted snow that flows on the ground carries pollutants from our land right into our bays. Luckily, families can help protect our waterways and natural resources from this storm water pollution.

Planting native plants, creating rain gardens, and cleaning up after our dogs are just a few ways we can minimize pollution in our storm water. Using a rain barrel to collect the rain running off your roof is an easy way to reduce storm water from flowing off your property. PEP will describe how rain barrels work and show some images of rain barrels that have been installed locally as part of PEP’s Homeowner Rewards Program. You can easily install one too! 

Kids will be able to help paint and decorate a primed rain barrel, and enjoy games and other educational activities.

We hope to make our bays cleaner, keep our wildlife healthier, and we hope to see you there!


Horseshoe Crab Monitoring @ Squires Pond
Jun 26 @ 11:20 pm – Jun 27 @ 12:15 am

Join Peconic Estuary Program on one of our horseshoe crab surveys at Squires Pond! This is a fun, family-friendly way to learn hands-on about horseshoe crabs.  No experience necessary!  Volunteers will meet at 10:00pm at the end of East Landing Road.  We will be wading through some areas and it will be cold, so bundle up! Waders are recommended but not necessary, as rain boots will do. We also recommend bringing a head lamp or flash light.

There are volunteer forms to fill out ahead of time on the NY Horseshoe Crab website:
Go to “sites” and then click on the Squires Pond, Hampton Bays location where you will find the waiver form and volunteer agreement.

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