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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

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Address
581 West Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787
Latitude 40.851841
Longitude -73.224815

Summer Nature Programs
Summer Nature Program Descriptions

Nestled in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of four state nature preserves on Long Island. Within its 543 acres are a variety of habitats offering guests picturesque views that change with the seasons. Caleb Smith is a passive use park. This not only helps protect the local plant and wildlife populations but also allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the quiet serenity that can only be found in nature.

  • The Nature Museum has been recently renovated and showcases natural history exhibits including a Great Blue Heron, Red Fox, Flying Squirrel and a River Otter.
  • Take a gander as you meander along the hiking trails for some of our rare plants like Pink Lady Slipper, Trailing Arbutus, and Indian Pipe.
  • Nature programs are offered, for all ages, year round. Tiny Tot programs are geared for 3-5 year olds and occur on a bi-weekly basis. Programs for children are suited for those ages 5 and up. Family programs are designed for ages 5 and up but younger siblings are always welcome. Adult programs are offered to those who are 18 and older. Reservations are required for all programs.
  • Bird watchers will delight in the variety of feathered friends found in the preserve, such as Prothonotary Warblers, Virginia Rails and Osprey to name a few.
  • During winter months the snowy landscape is crisscrossed not only with animal tracks but also with cross country ski and snowshoe tracks.
  • Fly fishing on the Nissequogue River is available from April 1st to October 15th (NYS freshwater fishing license and reservations required).
  • Children, 15 and under, are invited to fish on Willow Pond from April 1st to October 31st.
  • Meeting space available for environmental use at reasonable rate, call for details.

Find more about park permit information 

For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

Please Note: Pets, Bikes and Picnics are not permitted.

Pet Policy: No Pets Allowed

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 963 Smithtown, NY 11787

Hours of Operation

  • Nature museum hours of operation: 8am-4pm Wednesday through Sunday; year round

  • Park hours of operation: 8am- 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday; year round except holidays.

  • Cross Country Skiing: Winter, as weather permits.
  • Environmental Interpretive Programs and Self Guided Trails, open all year.
    Envrion. Programs conducted Wednesday - Sunday only.
  • Fly Fishing: 4/1 - 10/15.

    Wed-Sunday two sessions, 7:00AM - 11:00AM and 11:30AM - 3:30 PM 
    Permit issued & fishing fee collected at beginning of each session.

    For reservations, call 631-265-1054.

  • Junior Angling: 4/1 - 10/31.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • Adults 18 & Over: $4
    Children 3-17: $4
    Children 2 & under: Free
  • Fly Fishing
  • $25 per 4 hour session (Vehicle entry included)
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Collected 4/1 - 11/18, 8 AM - 4 PM. Collected via automated pay station.

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Fri 19 Jul
Firefly Fun
Friday, July 19, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enlighten your world by experiencing activities and experiments which will be followed by a firefly expedition onto the lawn to find these wonderful creatures. Please bring an empty, clean, dry container with a top to catch, observe, and release the fireflies.

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Jul
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Pond Explorations
Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Sun 28 Jul
Custom Walking Sticks
Sunday, July 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a unique workshop to design your own walking stick. Walking sticks, carving tools, wood burners and decorating materials will be provided. Feel free to bring anything you may want to incorporate to make your walking stick one-of-a-kind. If you have the time, take our leather tooling class in the afternoon to make your walking stick even more unique.

Registration: Required
Thu 08 Aug
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”- Desert Heat
Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Sat 10 Aug
Cave Encounters
Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Many creatures living in total darkness have developed specialized adaptations. Explore their world through fun hands-on games and activities. (The room will be dark at times.)

Registration: Required

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Did You Know? This park offers fly fishing lessons! Call for information.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Activities
  • Fishing * Freshwater
  • Fly Fishing * Nissequogue River Fly Fishing School
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs * Environmental Education
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing