New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
Basic Junior Ranger Program
Fire Island National Seashore's basic 16-page Junior Ranger Activity Booklet: Learning All About Fire Island National Seashore is designed to be completed on-site. With a little effort, it can even be completed in a single day's visit!
Activities include a visitor center treasure hunt, Sunken Forest wildlife word search, recreation crossword puzzle, safety exercise, and more.
Booklets are available at each of the park's visitor contact stations: Wilderness, Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, and at the Fire Island Lighthouse, the Patchogue Ferry Terminal and the William Floyd Estate. The Fire Island Lighthouse and the Wilderness Visitor Center are open year-round. Other sites are open seasonally.
Upon completion of the booklet, kids may choose either a Fire Island National Seashore Junior Ranger patch or badge.
Did You Know?
Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...