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Sat 06 Apr
A Photographer’s Journey through McNeil River Bear Sanctuary
Saturday, April 6, 2019 07:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

The McNeil River Brown Bear Sanctuary on the Alaska Peninsula is a very unique place for up close viewing of wildlife, especially brown bear. Photographer Kevin Ferris ( has visited the McNeil River sanctuary several times and will present a program that covers the history of the sanctuary, conservation approach applied at the McNeil Sanctuary as well as the photo experience. The sanctuary is accessible only through a lottery system which limits visitors to this amazing place.

Sun 24 Mar
The Fly Girls – Women’s Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Sunday, March 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Lecturer Bruce Kagan will give a stirring historical presentation of women rising above the prejudice to achieve their groundbreaking objective to pilot military aircraft that were often built and tested on Long Island.

Sat 16 Mar
Debris in Our Marine Environment
Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Join the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to learn about how the wildlife in our Sound and bays are harmed by marine debris such as straws, plastic bottles, and "ghost" fishing gear. Learn how you can help turtles, dolphins, seals, porpoises and whales by helping to monitor our beaches. A beach walk and clean-up will follow.

Sat 09 Mar
Basketweavers’ Guild of Eastern Long Island
Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 AM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Join the basketweavers for their monthly meeting at the Hallock State Park Preserve Visitor Center Community Room. New members are welcome. New members are welcome.

Sun 24 Feb
Invasive Plant Species - Hallock State Park Preserve
Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

National Parks Service Ranger LaruaMary Lamont will lead a presentation and hike focusing on the numerous invasive plant species taking over natural habitats and eliminating our beloved native wildflowers, ferns, grasses, shrubs and trees. They can even eliminate entire ecosystems. Meet in the visitor center for a quick overview of some really “bad” plants and how they got here. We will observe them in the State Park and learn about how to identify them, and efforts to control them. Walk will be about 2 hours, 1 mile.
Sat 16 Feb
Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises in New York
Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Hallock State Park Preserve
(631) 315-5475

Riverhead Library Adult Programs features this presentation by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society on cetaceans of the New York Waters. The lecture will discuss the migration and behavior of these interesting creatures, as observed off the shores of Long Island, as well as the threats that they face from human activity during their time in our waters. There will also be a discussion on how the community can work with AMCS to protect these animals and provide them with a safer environment.

If the weather is nice, a beach walk and clean-up will follow at the Hallock State Pond Preserve Beach. For reservations, please contact Riverhead Library Adult Programs at (631) 727-3228, starting December 15, 2018.

Registration: Required