With a regional focus on the Nissequogue River and surrounds, Eric Powers of Your Connection to Nature, is partnering with Quality Parks to offer a beautiful and romantic excursion (along the lines of Emerson, John Muir, and Thoreau) into the one of the Long Island’s diverse and significant natural areas.
Become certified as The Quality Parks Master Naturalist.
We'll teach you how to become a naturalist, like us, only in much less time. It’s a complete, basic training course for the outdoors. Adventure into uplands and wetlands, having fun with friends. Safely explore and get to know the Nissequogue River, as an Earth Day resolution. Our program also offers professional development in a train-the-trainer atmosphere.
Flexible - Schedule Your Own: S-O: Orientation
Sat, April 5 (9-5): S-I: Long Island Explorer
Sun, April 27 (9-5): S-II: LI Geology & Plant Communities
Sat, May 3 (9-5): S-III: Freshwater Wetlands & Conservation
Sat, May 17 (9-5): S-IV: Trails, Greenways, & Sustainability
Sat, Jun 7 (9-5): S-V: Wildlife of Long Island
Sat, Jun 21 (9-5) S-VI: Marine Ecology
Fri, Jul, 25 (7 -9 pm ): S-X: Graduation
Check calendar for last minute unavoidable changes: http://www.qualityparks.org/
“The Nissequogue River is home to one of the largest coastal wetlands on the North Shore of Long Island. The Stewardship Area is comprised of Caleb Smith State Park, Nissequogue River State Park, and Sunken Meadow State Park, all of which are part of the Nissequogue River watershed. The river runs for nine miles from the freshwater Hauppauge Springs to Smithtown Bay in Long Island Sound. Comprised of open meadows, wooded hillsides, tidal mudflats, bluffs, and both salt and freshwater marshes, this area supports habitat which sustain a wide variety of flora and fauna.” - from Long Island Sound Study web pages.
Naturalists are deeply engaged in a personal commitment to open space preservation. Naturalists are often involved in outdoor recreation, become advocates, teachers, planners, landscape professionals, and are otherwise employed or volunteer in relevant services.
Training is fun, flexible and rewarding. Plug into volunteer opportunities through a series of field and classroom experiences. All skill levels are accepted. Flexible, Start Anytime, Classes repeat at different locations. You need not be taken in any order.