• 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-Ranger-Teacher, Andrea Montalvo, gazes across the Watch Hill salt marsh.
TRT educators spend the summer in the park, exploring its features and creatures, to help enrich their students' experiences in the classroom. Teachers share their knowledge and perspective with park staff, enhancing future park programs, too.

Fire Island National Seashore's barrier island resources and cultural heritage make for fascinating, place-based study and discovery.

The National Park Service-wide Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program links teachers to national parks, providing an opportunity for educators to expand their knowledge base, gain first-hand experience with park rangers and research scientists in the field, and to spend time developing lesson plans for their own classroom. The partnership benefits the participating school district, the educator, and the National Park Service.

At Fire Island National Seashore educators work alongside park rangers, interact with visitors, and assist with updating our educational materials and web-based resources. This professional development opportunity requires a minimum time commitment during the summer months, and a stipend is provided. Housing is not available.

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Did You Know?

Piping plover on beach.

The piping plover is a federally threatened and New York State endangered species. It may be delisted when a total of 575 breeding pairs can be maintained in New York and New Jersey for five years. Fire Island National Seashore is currently the home of 15 - 20 nesting pairs of these shorebirds. More...