17th Anniversary of Long Pond Greenbelt Celebration Saturday

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Round Pond. Courtesy of Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.
Round Pond. Courtesy of Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.
Round Pond. Courtesy of Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

On Saturday, October 10, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will celebrate the 17th anniversary of its annual Long Pond Greenbelt Celebration with a day of fun at Vineyard Field, on the grounds of the South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. “Hike, Play, Explore” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free, family-friendly day features an array of nature-themed games and crafts, guided walks, interactive nature displays, and a host of other activities presented by a range of East End community organizations. Animals from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be on view throughout the celebration, and birder and naturalist Larry Penny will lead a nature walk through Vineyard Field at 10:30 a.m., while “Snake man” Chris Chapin will lead a search-for-reptiles walk at 11 a.m. Attendees will also meet the Goat Brigade during a short walk with Dai Dayton, enjoy delicious ice cream, and savor light refreshments.

“The Long Pond Greenbelt is a beautiful place and we encourage everyone to come out to hike, play, and explore today and every day,” said Ms. Dayton. “It’s going to be the best Celebration Day ever, thanks to all our wonderful partners.”

The event, co-sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust and the South Fork Natural History Museum, highlights the natural beauty and wide variety of wildlife found throughout the Long Pond Greenbelt. Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt is a group of dedicated volunteers, formed in 1997, who work for the preservation, stewardship, and public appreciation of the Long Pond Greenbelt, a unique expanse of coastal plain ponds, freshwater swamps, wetlands, and woodlands encompassing close to 800 protected acres and stretching over six miles between the villages of Sag Harbor and Sagaponack in the Town of Southampton.

For more information about the “Hike-Play-Explore” celebration or the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, please contact Diane Lewis at (631) 725-7984, email greenbeltnews@aol.com or visit longpondgreenbelt.org.

 

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