• 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.

Curriculum Materials

Field trips, materials for loan, and lesson plans help your students get more out of their visit to Fire Island National Seashore. Teachers' workshops are also available to help familiarize educators with the park's diverse resources.

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  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Marsh Muckers

    Marsh Muckers

    Wetlands have a bad rap. Many people think marshes are worthless areas full of snakes, bugs, smells, and creapy crawlies. In reality, these places are critically important ecosystems and are some of the most productive regions in the world. During this 1-hour program, students explore the marsh, discover, catch and observe marsh animals and learn more about the many reasons salt marshes are valuable and worth protecting.

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Beach Dynamics on Fire Island

    Beach Dynamics on Fire Island

    The Beach Dynamics lesson plans help your students understand how a barrier island functions. Activities are designed to enhance field trips to Fire Island National Seashore.

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Considering Climate Change: Fire Island and Storms

    Considering Climate Change: Fire Island and Storms

    This lesson plan explores the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the history-making 2012 storm, on the natural resources of Fire Island, and it challenges students to consider the effects of climate change that are likely to occur close to home. The lesson includes an inquiry-based lab, with pre-labs, activities, and homework designed to increase understanding of climate change.

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Beaches in Motion - Coastal Vulnerability

    This Earth Science lesson includes classroom materials, field trip activities and a post assessment activity. The classroom lessons include Powerpoints, readings and activities to increase understanding of coastal processes. The beach activities offer place –based learning to observe and measure conditions to evaluate the vulnerability of a beach to erosion. The post assessment activity requires students to use a model to demonstrate a beaches response to different climate change scenarios.

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Castles in the Sand

    Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.

Did You Know?

Group watching birds near marsh and trees.

You might get to observe a number of birds on a ranger-guided walk at the William Floyd Estate: a blackburnian warbler perched on a tree branch, a woodcock flushed from the fields, or a bald eagle chasing an osprey with a fish over the salt marsh! More...