• 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 our educator's workshops.

Free Teacher Workshop: Seashore Dynamics
Sunday, October 5th 2014, 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wilderness Visitor Center, Fire Island National Seashore

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

To register for this workshop, e-mail us or phone: 631-687-4773.

Our free workshops are open to all educators and youth group leaders. Learn all you need to know to bring school groups to the park, and enage your students in what's special about Fire Island and the critical coastal resource issues facing future decision-makers.

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

Did You Know?

Close-up view of roots and sand grains beneath golden stems.

Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...