Nature

Nature Museums Address / Phone Description / Hours
Hofstra Arboretum 129 Hofstra University, Physical Plant Dept.
Hempstead
(516) 463-6623
Beginning in May, walking tours will be given by appointment to individuals and groups. Hofstra University campus has been officially designated a National Arboretum. The Arboretum features over 12,000 trees representing almost 625 different species and varieties. Bird sanctuary (2-acre site) open on request. Call for further information.
Open all year from dawn to dusk.
Tackapausha Museum & Preserve 2225 Washington Ave.
Seaford
(516) 571-7443
A museum of natural history, Tackapausha Museum directs its attention to the living things in our environment, featuring the animals and plants of Long Island. Over 100 live animals housed in the museum. The 84-acre preserve with streams, ponds and 5 miles of hiking trails is a wildlife sanctuary devoted to nature, recreation and education.
Open year round Thurs. - Sun. 11 AM - 4 PM; Closed Mon., Tue. & Wed.
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center Jones Beach State Park
West End
Wantagh
(516) 780-3295
Exhibit area with displays that depict the various habitats of the barrier beach island. Children's area contains several "hands on" educational activities.
Open weekends year round 10 AM - 4 PM; Memorial Day - Labor Day, Wed. - Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM.