Marine Nature Study Area

Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
(516) 766-1580
The Marine Nature Study Area is located at 500 Slice Drive in Oceanside.
Photos by Michael Farina

52-arces of tidal wetlands nestled in southern Oceanside.
Blue Claw Crab
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Test your observation skills whether beginner or expert.
Come inside and see some of your local fish.
The Seaside Roses add a splash of color along the trails.
Observe the Yellow-crowned Night Herons feeding on purple marsh crabs.
See the Diamond-back Terrapin in the marsh from early June through October.
See if you can walk up on a harmless Muskrat feeding in the grass.
Low tide in the marsh.
Visit our resident osprey family from Late April to late August.
See fish from our local bays and waterways like this Toadfish.
Experience the Fiddler crab armies in the intertidal zone.
Green Heron
Walk our meandering boardwalks.
Watch the Black Skimmer moving over the surface of the water reaching speeds of 25mph.
Beach pea winds through the dune area low to the ground.
Come see our friendly Great Egrets.
Smell the sweet aroma of the blossoming Olives.
Visit the only habitat to observe the elusive clapper rail.
52-arces of tidal wetlands nestled in southern Oceanside.
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Located on Slice Drive in Oceanside is a 52-acre preserve devoted to environmental education and natural history. The Marine Nature Study Area is divided into eight instruction sites, each of which deals with a different aspect of the marine or estuarine environment. At each site, visual aides have been installed that describe particular topics. Subjects covered include the tides, Long Island's glacial geology, barrier beach and estuarine formations, ecology of the estuary, micro and macro algae, bird life and migration, the bay community, and barrier beach fauna and flora.

To compliment the outdoor features, there is an interpretive center and an area which contains tanks with live specimens of marine life and displays on pertinent subjects.

The Study Area is a popular site for individuals and families seeking a quiet and peaceful outdoor experience and it is well used by dedicated bird watchers. To date, a total of 216 bird species have been observed and recorded in the area.

The Marine Nature Study Area is staffed by personnel trained in biology and ecology who are thoroughly familiar with the estuarine ecosystem and with the environmental issues of the times. They conduct guided tours for organized groups and are available to assist visitors who seek information about the fauna and flora of the area.

Following a damaging blow from Hurricane Sandy, an effort to refurbish the preserve is underway utilizing in-house staff from the Department of Conservation and Waterways. To date, the town has rebuilt a boardwalk and classroom, replaced display areas, and restored fly boxes, fencing, trails and bridges.