• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

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    National Seashore New York

Fire Island National Seashore Turns 50

Fire Island National Seashore 50th Anniversary Logo
On September 11, 1964, Congress established 26 miles of Fire Island as Fire Island National Seashore (Public Law 88-587). Today, Fire Island National Seashore encompasses marine and upland habitat, 17 residential communities, New York's only federally designated wilderness, and historic sites such as the Fire Island Lighthouse and William Floyd Estate. Visitors from near and far come to Fire Island to enjoy its beautiful bay and ocean beaches, a diversity of wildlife, and a variety of recreational opportunities.

Celebrating 50 Years of Fire Island
From September, 2014 through September, 2015, Fire Island National Seashore will celebrate its 50th birthday. During this year-long celebration, Fire Island National Seashore and its partners will host special events that reflect on the past fifty years and embrace a shared vision for protecting Fire Island into the future.

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Fall 2014 50th Anniversary Events

Fifty Years of Fire Island Lecture Series Schedule

November 2: Park Ranger Joshua Reyes presents, "Nelson Rockefeller and the Road to Nowhere," a look at Fire Islanders' letters to Governor Rockefeller and their relevance to the establishment of the Seashore. Fire Island Lighthouse, 2:00 pm.

November 9: Explore the fact and fiction about the wreck of the Elizabeth in the stories left behind as told by volunteer, Angela Reich. Fire Island Lighthouse, 2:00 pm.

November 16: Hundreds of thousands of birds pass by the Lighthouse each year on journeys that link Long Island and Fire Island to the farthest reaches of our planet. Shai Mitra, ornithologist and expert birder, will lead this talk on the seasonal dynamics of bird movement along our shore. Fire Island Lighthouse, 2:00 pm.

November 23: Harold Stumme shares his experiences traveling the world's oceans as a Merchant Marine Captain. Fire Island Lighthouse, 2:00 pm.

November 30: Peter Paquette discusses the role of the Fire Island Lighthouse in the growth and development of New York. Fire Island Lighthouse, 2:00 pm.

Please note: Parking for Fire Island Lighthouse is available at Robert Moses State Park, Field #5. Lectures will take place in the Fresnel Lens Building adjacent the lighthouse tower and museum.

Printable Fall 2014 Lecture Series Schedule.

Please check back for the Spring/Summer 2015 Lecture Series Schedule.

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