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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.

Fall 2012 Programs at Fire Island National Seashore

William Floyd Estate birdwatching group.
A variety of walks are planned at the William Floyd Estate this fall. Bundle up and explore the grounds around the Old Mastic House.

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News Release Date: October 18, 2012
Contact: Paula Valentine, 631-687-4759
Contact: Kathy Krause, 631-687-4772

Fire Island National Seashore is offering a wide variety of guided tours and lectures this fall. From mid-October through December, several favorite seasonal programs are scheduled again at the Fire Island Lighthouse, William Floyd Estate, and Wilderness Visitor Center, along with several new programs.

Ranger-guided Walks and Tours
You can get outdoors and join a park ranger for several guided walks. Some of these free programs begin at Robert Moses State Park Field #5, and end at the Fire Island Lighthouse:

Several walks are planned around the grounds of the William Floyd Estate:

  • October 20, 10 - 11:30 am: Old Mastic Architectural Tour
  • October 27, 10 - 11:30 am: Documents in Stone
  • November 3, 10 - 11:30 am: Colonial Uses of Wood
  • November 10, 10 - 11:30 am: Cultural Landscape Walking Tour
  • November 18, 9 - 11:30 am: Late Autumn Old Mastic Bird Walk

Lectures and Guest Speakers
Several illustrated programs will be offered indoors in November and December. At the Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal (150 West Avenue in Patchogue, New York):

Inside the Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Buidling:


Check "What's Happening this Week" or download a copy of the monthly schedule of activities for more information:

Did You Know?

People on ferry look over Watch Hill Marina.

At least 2.2 million people spend time within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore every year. Almost 800,000 people annually visit park facilities. July and August are the busiest months. Sunny weekends are the busiest days. More...