Holiday Break Nature Outings For Kids

A Diamondback Terrapin. Courtesy South Fork Natural History Museum.

The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) in Bridgehampton is pleased to offer three free environmental programs during the holiday school recess. Each program will be held outdoors in Vineyard Field behind the museum, and will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“December is a busy time for wildlife” said Melanie Meade, SOFO Educator and Outreach Coordinator. “Squirrels are rushing about gathering acorns and hickory nuts; turkeys are fattening up on the last insects and earthworms before the real cold weather; and some animals are already hibernating. Spend some time at SOFO in December and learn how animals prepare for winter.”

On Monday, December 23, children will go birding in Vineyard Field and learn about many of the birds that spend their winters here on the East End. On Thursday, December 26, participants will listen to and learn about the sounds in the field and who makes them. During the final program on Friday, December 28, children will learn how to identify the winter plants found outside the museum and study them up close.

SOFO will also offer weekend programs over the holidays. On Saturday, December 28, kids can “Meet SOFO’s Diamondback Terrapins” and get a close-up look at resident terrapins, and learn how to identify them, what they eat, and where they live. On Sunday, December 29, there will be “Whose Track is This?” a program for all ages where participants will search for animal tracks and scat and identify whom they belong to.

The three programs from December 23 to 27 are free for all. “Meet SOFO’s Diamondback Terrapins” and “Whose Track is This?” are free for members. For non-members there is a winter fee of $10 per adult and $7.50 per child (includes admission to museum) until March 31. Call SOFO at 631-537-9735 or email to sign up for a program or for further information. The South Fork Natural History Museum is at 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.