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.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Visitor Center/Interpretation Volunteer
Assist National Park Service rangers in the operation of the many visitor centers: Otis Pike Wilderness, Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, William Floyd Estate, and/or the Fire Island Lighthouse: answering questions, taking reservations for wilderness camping, assisting with phones, and assist with the operation of Eastern National Bookstores. As interest merits, may also assist with interpretive programs or conduct independent programs under the supervision of the interpretive supervisor, may assist other divisions with miscellaneous park operation when needed.
William Floyd Estate Interpretive Volunteer
Watch Hill Campground Host
Natural Resource Management Volunteer
Collections Management Volunteer
All volunteers are assigned to a specific work site. However, there may be times when special events come up and volunteers are given the opportunity to assist in fairs, outreach programs, or beach clean-ups.
For more information on becoming a volunteer at Fire Island National Seashore please call 631-687-4780 or e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteer: Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger Program
Girl Scouts can earn a certificate and/or patch to recognize their leadership development and resource stewardship activities by participating in a new National Park Service program.
National Park Service/Boy Scouts of America
The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program engages Scouts in educational programs and volunteer service projects in national park sites to:
Did You Know?
You can hike into New York State's only federally-designated wilderness area on Fire Island. Day trips into the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness provide an opportunity to sample the sensation of being miles away from civilization. More...