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 (President 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, St. Joseph's College faculty & moderator of the FFINS Student Chapter at St. Joseph's College)

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.

A Great End to the Season on Fire Island:
Successful FFINS Annual Orientation Tour to Fire Island

FFINS held another successful Annual Orientation Tour to Fire Island for Stony Brook University newly matriculated international students on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Thank you to all who supported the tour and enjoyed the day with us! The tour started out with a relaxing ferry ride across the Great South Bay from the Sayville Ferry Terminal to Sailor's Haven, Fire Island. Once at Sailor's Haven, the participants were free to explore Fire Island through a variety of activities; seining in the shallows of the Great South Bay, a guided trail walk through the unique ecosystems of the Sunken Forest and the Atlantic Ocean shore, and a walk through the nearby downtown of Cherry Grove.

We had 213 participants this year making it our highest turn out ever! For most of our tour participants this was the first time they had visited Fire Island. St. Joseph's College students and faculty joined too making it the first year that both student chapters have participated. The Annual Orientation Tour to Fire Island seems to be established as part of the annual orientation for Stony Brook University international/exchange students which is an accomplishment we are proud to note. We hope to develop our relationship with Stony Brook University and St. Joseph's College in the years to come and continue to spread the appreciation and wonderment of Fire Island.

Click on the image below to view some photos from the event.

Hospitality Provided by SJCNY Stewards: Renée Kantro, Dr. Janice Scarinci, Anita Stern, Fire Island National Park Rangers, the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore and SBU-International Student Program

Stories from Fire Island

Some students that embarked on the recent trip to Fire Island wrote stories about their experiences. Click on any of the titles below to read them.

"Sailor's Haven-a beautiful tourist destination worth visiting" - By Laurie Johnson

"Fire Island-quite the adventure!" - By Caitlin Corbett

"From stepping foot onto that ferry I knew it was going to be a great day!" - By Stefanie Muhlbuck

"Today, I was a tourist in my own state" - By Alexandra Pick

Fall 2014 Lecture Series

Celebrate 50 years of the Fire Island National Seashore with us! A lecture series will explore the history of the Fire Island National Seashore and the National Park Service and take a look into the future. Lectures start this September and continue through the summer of 2015. Please join us!

October Events - Celebrate 50 Years of the Fire Island National Seashore

From September 2014 through September 2015, Fire Island National Seashore will celebrate its 50th birthday. During this year-long celebration, Fire Island National Seashore and its partners will host special events including a Fifty Years of Fire Island lecture series. October lectures include: Arts Afire, Patchogue-Watch Hill ferry terminal, October 2 at 6:30 pm; Saving Cold-Stunned Turtles, Fire Island Lighthouse, October 12 at 2 pm; and Storm Stories, Fire Island Lighthouse, October 26 at 2 pm. For a full listing of 2014 Fall Lectures please click here.

Songs of Wilderness

The Fire Island Wilderness - its undulating dunes, back dune swale and dynamic breach has inspired mixed media artist David Adams exhibit. The artist presents creative spin art superimposed on drift wood and other objects cast upon the shore, as well as sketches and paintings celebrating Fire Island's ever-changing landscape.

Artist-in-Residency Exhibit

This show is a culmination of the first two years of the Fire Island National Seashore's Artist in Residence program and features the barrier island inspired work of artist Dawn Lee, sound artist Sven Anderson and installation artist Jason Paradis.

Upcoming Events at the Fire Island Lighthouse

Upcoming Events at the Fire Island Lighthouse for the months of September, October, and November 2014.

Fire Island National Seashore Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

The Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) created by the National Park Service outlines four alternatives for manageing the white-tailed deer population at the Fire Island National Seashore and the environmental consequences of each alternative. To learn more about the details of the plan/EIS and to comment on the EIS please click the link below. The public comment period is from 7/31/2014 to 10/10/2014.

Fire Island National Seashore Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

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.