• 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.

Teacher Workshops

Ranger-guided beach walk
Learn about Fire Island's dynamic barrier island shoreline and more during the our educator's workshops.

Free Educator's Workshop:

Please check back soon for workshop dates

Explore the wind, waves, and sand, and use Fire Island National Seashore as your outdoor classroom. Discover the forces that shape the barrier island as you experience our hands-on educator's workshops, designed to address NYS Learning Standards for middle and high school grades. Activities may include beach profiling, mineral identification, and wind and wave measurements. Workshop participants receive a certificate upon completion.

Our free workshops are open to all educators and youth group leaders who wish to use Fire Island National Seashore as an outdoor classroom. Learn all you need to know to bring school groups to the park, and to address critical coastal management issues facing future decision-makers.

You'll also get an update on Fire Island National Seashore's Traveling Trunk Program, and other educational opportunities at the park.

Registration is required, but there is no charge for our workshops. For more information please call 631-687-4780.

Ranger-guided Sunken Forest Tour
Additional teacher workshops have taken place at the Sunken Forest and at the Fire Island Lighthouse.

Did You Know?

Man reads interpretive sign in front of remnants of brick foundation.

The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built at the end of Fire Island in 1826. Today, the Fire Island Inlet is more than five miles west of this foundation. You can see the remnants of the first structure when you visit the present lighthouse, constructed in 1858. More...