• 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.

Junior Ranger Booklets and Awards

Pick up Junior Ranger activity booklets at a park visitor center. Complete the booklet and return it to a ranger at a visitor center to receive a special patch, badge, sticker or pin.


Learning All About Fire Island National Seashore is an introductory workbook geared for ages 8-12.

This 16-page activity book is designed to teach children about Fire Island National Seashore and includes activities such as a visitor center treasure hunt, a Sunken Forest wildlife word search, a recreation crossword puzzle, a safety exercise and more!

Upon completion of this Junior Ranger workbook, children may earn either a patch or a badge.

Oh Deer Junior Ranger Booklet

The Junior Ranger activity booklet Oh Deer! Tracks to Facts teaches children ages 8-12 about Fire Island's most noticeable mammal, the white-tailed deer, as well as safety activities regarding ticks and poison ivy.

After completing this 16-page booklet, kids will earn their "Help Keep 'em Wild—Don't Feed the Deer" pin.

Bernie the Boater Junior Ranger Activity Booklet

Bernie the Boater, geared for ages 8-12, is a workbook on boating safety and protecting marine resources. The activities also touch on climate, weather, energy conservation and Fire Island's marine wildlife.

Complete this fun and colorful workbook, then bring your booklet to one of the park's visitor centers to claim your vibrant pin!

National Park Service boat patrol rangers distribute these workbooks during their summer Safe Vessel Checks on the Great South Bay.

Lucky the Horseshoe Crab Junior Ranger Activity Booklet

Lucky the Horseshoe Crab, an activity booklet geared for ages 8-12, depicts the evolution of the horseshoe crab while teaching children about these living fossils and their migration.

A significant resource in the park's natural ecosystem, these arthropods are very unique and special! The booklet covers their life cycle, an important role these creatures play in medical research and helpful tips on protecting and assisting these fascinating animals.

Lil' Rangers Explore the Seashore Activity Booklet

Exploring the Seashore is geared for ages 5-7. This 10-page activity booklet teaches about the habitats of Fire Island through the eyes of Kadin the fox. Activities include a Sunken Forest maze, Lighthouse connect the dots, Beachcombing Bingo and more!

The booklet teaches children safety awareness while hiking, the different habitats found throughout Fire Island and the diet and nocturnal lifestyle of one of Fire Island's mammals, the red fox.


Learning All About Fire Island National Seashore: Advanced, geared for ages 12 and up, is a 24-page in-depth booklet about national parks, Fire Island's communities, plant-life in the maritime forest, the salt marsh and more!

This booklet may require some research or more than one visit to the park to complete. Upon completion, a special bar will be awarded.

Wilderness JR Explorer booklet cover


Wilderness Explorer Junior Ranger Program is designed for kids ages 8 to adults.

Download a copy of this 24-page Wilderness Explorer Junior Ranger Activities booklet

Did You Know?

Piping Plover on sandy beach.

The Piping Plover is one of Fire Island National Seashore's threatened and endangered species. It makes its nest above the high tide line on clean, undeveloped beaches in the early spring. Chicks are fledged by late summer. More...