Modern man is rarely afforded the chance to lounge silently in nature, since bears are notoriously territorial over their easy chairs. Safely recline in the great outdoors with today’s Groupon to the Seatuck Environmental Association in Islip. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get an individual membership and one free standard event pass (a $20 value).
- For $25, you get a family membership and four free standard event passes (a $50 value).
Sprawling across 70 acres of Great South Bay marshland and upland, the Seatuck Environmental Association fosters a rich relationship with the Long Island ecosystem through a bustling calendar of hikes, lectures, and events. Members can explore the ecological mysteries of the autumn woods on October 29, enjoy family-friendly tours of 100-year-old Scully Estate, or strap on mud stompers to join the Long Island Explorers hiking club. Most events are either half price or free to members, and each one-year membership includes a quarterly newsletter, weekly e-newsletter with event updates, as well as discounts on yoga, meditation, and photography classes. Although not included in this Groupon, visitors can also bone up on bloodsuckers at the upcoming Bats-n-Brews fundraiser, where lectures combine with a beer tasting of local brews poured by their smiling neighborhood Nosferatu.
A local epicenter for advocacy and education, the Seatuck Environmental Association also hosts a yearlong lecture series based on the work of noted conservationist Dennis Puleston, with lecturers such as Art Cooley who fill ears with prodigious pearls on local migration patterns, the fight against DDT, and the most ticklish spots on a wild river otter.
Seatuck Environmental Association
A member-supported, nonprofit organization, the Seatuck Environmental Association works to promote the conservation of Long Island's natural environment through research and educational programs. Members regularly gather with field experts on its 70-acre marshland preserve for scheduled hikes, photography classes, and meditation sessions. The trails and boardwalks that wind through the salt marshes and upland forests also lead to the Suffolk County Environmental Center, housed in a 1917 Normandy-style chateau. Members may tour the historic mansion while admiring features such as arched doorways and diamond-cut windows that allow sunlight to filter into the garret and onto the place where its original steam-powered Nintendo would have stood. The Seatuck Environmental Association also hosts regular fundraising events such as the End of Summer Barbecue and the Bats-N-Brews fundraiser, as well as an array of educational programs for all ages.