Join Friends of Fire Island National Seashore AND....

  • Support the National Park Service and the protection of the Fire Island National Seashore.
  • Learn about the dazzlingly varied ecology of marine plant and animal life native to Fire Island and Long Island.
  • Become acquainted with Fire Island's geography, history, neighborhoods, growth, and preservation.
  • Show your friends you care about wildlife, nature, and the beauty of the seashore - and get them to join you.
  • Enjoy the annual all-day Fire Island Orientation Tour boat cruise through the Great South Bay to the exotic Sunken Forest, the Lighthouse, and more.
  • Write for the FFINS newsletter about conservation, native species, special events, or other interests.
  • Help staff an event, fundraise, volunteer for a special project, or even propose your own.
  • Volunteer for the National Parks community events (beach clean ups, trail maintenance, educational activities, etc.)

As a result of expanding responsibilities and decreased purchasing power Fire Island National Seashore has had to reduce services. We want to help the Seashore better serve the public and protect the natural and historic resources. Please join the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore or volunteer your services at the park, please print out the FFINS membership application and mail it to the address listed. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your support!


 

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“Personally I became the president of the group because I cherish the island, nature, and science and I would like to share it with other students. I was about 7 years old when I first went to Fire Island as part of a school field trip. I was enchanted by the sunken forest with its holly trees, the cleverly evolved fauna, and beaches littered with skate egg cases. During the international student field trip I remember students gasping and exclaiming happily as they saw the beach and monarch butterfly migration. It makes me happy to help provide them that experience and I think fostering an appreciation for nature is important in its conservation. I hope places like Fire Island will inspire students to be environmentally conscious in their lives. In addition, National parks are places where people can enjoy the outdoors and I am happy to support that cause. Appreciation for the environment can also be affected by understanding the value of ecology, and I was also hoping that eventually through participating in research on the island, students could gain a scientific perspective on nature in a pertinent local context.”
- Cara Lin (Founding Board Member of FFINS Student Chapter at Stony Brook University)

 

“Having an official FFINS student chapter on campus, has given our students and the SJC community as a whole, an opportunity to network and represent our College as environmental ambassadors to our National Parks Service as well as the many other communities that make up Fire Island itself -- to demonstrate that St. Joseph’s College is committed to fostering proper stewardship and responsible tourism in the preservation of our surrounding seashore. This mission of the chapter aligns itself well with our new HTM degree--as such, we’re hoping that our new found Fire Island connections will enable us to introduce our College to a whole new venue of people who will become our students.”
-Renée Kantro (FFINS Board Member)

Membership Benefits

The Friends of Fire Island National Seashore has partnered with local businesses to provide our valued members opportunities to save while supporting FFINS. With your membership you will now get a FFINS membership discount card that will entitle you to discounts at local businesses.

Patchogue Discounts

Click here for a full list of businesses in the Patchogue area that offer this discount.

How it works:

  • All FFINS members will receive a FFINS membership discount card (pictured below) in the mail with the completion of their membership application and appropriate donation.
  • Once this is done check your mail. FFINS will distribute membership discount cards to FFINS members. FFINS membership discount card will be good for one year.
  • FFINS members will get discounts from participating businesses and restaurants when the card is presented.
  • Check out the FFINS website under Membership Benefits for up to date listings of participating businesses and discounts.

Membership Cost:

  • Students - $15/year
  • Individuals - $25/year
  • Family - $35/year
  • Business - $100/year

What a membership level will buy:

  • Student, Individual & Family -
    • 1 membership discount card
    • Invitation to special events
    • Updates on all FFINS events and activities
    • Discounts to local businesses and restaurants
    • Receive quarterly FFINS e-newsletter
  • Business -
    • 4 membership discount cards
    • Business listing on FFINS website
    • Invitation to special events
    • Updates on all FFINS events and activities
    • Discounts to local businesses and restaurants
    • Receive quarterly FFINS e-newsletter

To sign up now, click here.

The Fire Island National Seashore Visitor Experience Plan

Learn about how the Fire Island National Seashore is engaging the public through interpretation, education and volunteerism!

 

Fire Island National Seashore Summer Schedule

Get out there this summer! Check out these events and activities for all ages!

 

Latino Conservation Week is this week!

Latino Conservation Week at the Fire Island National Seashore is this week! July 17th - July 23rd!

Please join one of the events!

New Summer Programs at Fire Island National Seashore

Save the Date: New Summer Programs at Fire Island National Seashore 
 

Patchogue, NY - The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that new programs have been added to the summer program schedule at Fire Island National Seashore. Special exhibits, tours, and events are planned throughout the season at five NPS sites.

 

At Talisman, a popular mid-island boating destination, the NPS will offer activities geared for families every Saturdays, July 8 through August 26. Boaters may join park rangers for shelling, seining, clamming, safe boating programs, and nature walks. . 

 

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (FILPS) will award prizes for the most creative lighthouse craft on August 7 for National Lighthouse Day. On August 9, FILPS will feature a special reading of the children's tale, "Robert's Tall Friend" in honor of National Book Lovers' Day.

 

In Patchogue, visitors are invited to dig in and enjoy free family fun at the park's native plant pollinator garden during monthly "garden parties" at the Patchogue Ferry Terminal located on the banks of the Patchogue River. On July 23, young children and their caregivers can listen to a reading of, "All the Way to the Ocean" in Spanish and English and then create a maritime craft to take home. 

 

A new exhibit, curated by Auto Body, will feature the work of bird photographer Kyle Kusa at the Wilderness Visitor Center. The exhibit reimagines the 360 degree viewing room on the second floor of the visitor center and is on display through Labor Day. 

 

The William Floyd Estate, a unit of the Seashore located in Mastic Beach on Long Island, will host local artist Jennifer Lucas on August 19 for watercolor painting on the porch of the historic Old Mastic House. Supplies will be provided and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the grounds with a park ranger.

 

A variety of opportunities for family fun will be offered throughout the summer at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailors Haven (Sunken Forest), Talisman, Wilderness, Patchogue Ferry Terminal, and William Floyd Estate. Highlights include:

 

  • 16th Annual Fire Island Lighthouse Art Show to Benefit the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, through July 16
     
  • Second Annual Day of the Shark on July 23 at Fire Island Lighthouse
     
  • Enchanted Evening Walk from Sunken Forest to Cherry Grove, August 26
     
  • Wilderness Art Workshops with David Adams, Sunday, July 2, August 6, and September 3
     
  • Evening programs at the Wilderness Visitor Center with topics including nocturnal wildlife, America's national parks, and photography
     
  • Decoy Carving Demonstration at William Floyd Estate, Saturday, July 29

   

More information on programs may be found in the 2017 Summer Guide, available at visitor centers and upon request by email to FIIS_Information@nps.gov, and online at www.nps.gov/FIIS.

 

You are invited to a "Sunset Soiree"!

Paumanok Veterinary Hospital cordially invites you and yours to our "Sunset Soiree" under the tent at 639 Route 112, Patchogue NY 11772 - in celebration our hospital's silver anniversary, 25 years of service to the community and the formation of the Paumanok Community Foundation, 401(c)3. 

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy Program (PRAAT) and the Friends of the Fire Island National Seashore (FFINS)

Wine Hors D'oeurves, Raffles, Music, Sweetbriar Nature Center Raptors & PRAAT Therapy K9 Teams and more. FMI call Paumanok at 631-475-1312.

Donation is $50 per person.

RSVPs and Donations click on the below link:

https://www.punchbowl.com/partypage/8aea296074e3a4a5…

Events

William Floyd Estate

245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Hours of Operation:
May 23 - November 11, 2014
Friday - Sunday & Holidays Grounds: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (631) 399-2030

Directions:
By car via the William Floyd Parkway
LIE (I-495) or Sunrise Hwy (Rt.27) to William Floyd Parkway (2 miles) south. Make left onto Neighborhood Rd, to end of road, follow William Floyd Estate signs to main parking lot.

Wilderness Visitor Center

Hours of Operation:
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (631) 281-3010

Directions:
By car or bus via the William Floyd Parkway, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Located at the southern terminus ?of William Floyd Parkway. Parking available at Smith Point County Park. (Fee for parking)

Watch Hill Visitor Center

150 West Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772
Hours of Operation:
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Wednesday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (631) 597-6455

Directions:
By ferry via the Patchogue/Watch Hill Ferry
From LIE (I-495) to Exit 61 South (County Rd. 19) or Sunrise Hwy (Rt 27) to Exit 52 south (County Rd.19). Approx. 1 mile, bear left onto West Avenue. Cross Main Street and terminal is about 1/2 mile down.

Sailors Haven Visitor Center

41 River Road Sayville, NY 11782
Hours of Operation:
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (631) 597-6183

Directions:
By ferry via the Sayville Ferry
LIE (I-495) or Sunrise Hwy. (Rt.27) to Nicholls Rd. (Rt.97) south. Approx. 5.5 miles to Montauk Hwy. (Rt. 85), make right. Make left at Foster Ave. Follow green & white "Fire Island Ferry" signs to terminal. (Fee for parking)

Fire Island Lighthouse

Hours of Operation:
Open daily, year-round
For information about hours of operation, programs and fees call the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (FILPS)
Phone: (631) 661-4876 or visit www.fireislandlighthouse.com

Directions:
By car via the Robert Moses Causeway
Located at the southern terminus of the Robert Moses Causeway, just east of Robert Moses State Park. Parking available at Robert Moses State Park Field #5. (Fee for parking)
1-mile walk west from Kismet.

Student Chapters

Stony Brook University

St. Joseph's College

If you are interested in starting a student chapter at your school, please contact us here.