Fire Island National Seashore Turns 50
Fire Island National Seashore
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.
A Year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration
You're invited to celebrate Fire Island National Seashore's 50th birthday! From September, 2014 through September, 2015, Fire Island National Seashore and park partners will host special events that reflect on the past fifty years and embrace a shared vision for protecting Fire Island into the future.
Celebrate Fire Island in Photographs
Share your Fire Island photographs and win! Enter your best Fire Island wildlife, landscape, people, and history photos in the 50th Anniversary Photo Contest and you could win a new zoom lens, courtesy of Tamron.
Special Anniversary Exhibits
A River Runs to It
Weekends, June 27 through September 27
Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal
The Greater Patchogue Historical Society partners with Fire Island National Seashore for this exhibit about the history of the Patchogue River and its connection to Fire Island. See vintage photographs, circa 1800s hand-drawn maps, and memorabilia.
Protecting a Ribbon of Sand: The Creation of Fire Island National Seashore
August 8 through October 12
Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building
Through correspondence, articles, memorabilia, and photographs, the exhibit explores the battle over the fate of Fire Island from the turn of the century until the Seashore's 1964 establishment.
Save the Date: Labor Day Weekend 2015
In addition to the Fifty Years of Fire Island Lecture Series, 50th Anniversary Photo Contest, and public programs throughout spring and summer, special events and presentations are planned for Labor Day Weekend. This 50th anniversary finale will include tours and talks at National Park Service facilities and within Fire Island communities, highlighting the dedicated stewards, natural history, and cultural legacy of Fire Island.
Fifty Years of Fire Island Lecture Series: Summer 2015 Schedule
Land, Sea and Sky: The Artwork of Old Mastic
Arts Afire: Fire Island National Seashore's Artist-in-Residence Program
Maritime Culture of the Great South Bay
Migration of Monarch Butterflies
Special 50th Anniversary Panel Discussion