• 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

Fire Island National Seashore Turns 50

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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.

Or share your Fire Island memories and photos on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Printable Fall 2014 Lecture Series Schedule.

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

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