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
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 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.
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?
The origin of the name "Fire Island" has not been officially documented, and several theories exist. What do you think? More...