• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.

Be A Junior Ranger

Ranger leading a program with kids on the beach

Fire Island National Seashore has a vibrant and growing Junior Ranger program, with booklets to complete on your own, and ranger-guided programs to help you learn more.

Some Fire Island National Seashore Junior Ranger activity booklets can be completed in a single day, while other booklets may require multiple visits or more research. Whether you have a day or a week, participating in the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program is sure to be fun!

Pick up a free copy of any of the Junior Ranger activity booklets at any of the park's visitor centers.


Additional Junior Ranger Programs
During the summer, Fire Island National Seashore also conducts a weekly 1½-hour Junior Ranger: Path to Discovery program. The activities are held at Sailors Haven, Watch Hill, and at the Wilderness Visitor Center. Each week, a different topic is covered. The ranger and volunteers conducting the programs also help participants complete their booklets.

During the winter, the park conducts 1-hour Junior Ranger workshops. These are conducted on the second Saturday of the month at the Wilderness Visitor Center. These programs teach children about the wilderness area, birds, and animal tracking and give them the opportunity to participate in short hikes.

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society offers a six-week Junior Lighthouse Keeper Program on Wednesdays from mid-July until late August. There is a program fee and pre-registration is required (631-661-4876).

If you're able to visit the William Floyd Estate on three consecutive Fridays in July or August, you can participate in the Floyd Junior Ranger Program. Programs are free, but registration is required (631-399-2030).

Our park partner, the National Park Foundation, supports additional Junior Ranger programs around the country.

Did You Know?

1964-2014 Wilderness 50th Anniversary logo beside winter backpacker on Fire Island

In 2014, America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, just a week before the establishment of Fire Island National Seashore.