Friends of Wertheim

National Wildlife Refuge



The Friends of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (FOW) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the enduring protection, management and appreciation of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and its environs. 



Pine Barrens Discovery Day

Saturday, September 10 (10:00AM – 4:00PM)

Come learn about one of Long Island’s most important natural areas by experiencing it first hand! Participate in Funshops, Nature Walks, Kids Discovery Center games and activities, and exhibits for the entire family. A full schedule of the day’s events can be found at

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Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

340 Smith Road  Shirley, NY 11967  (631) 286-0485

Programs and Events May to August 2017

Saturday, July 8 (1:00 - 2:00PM) Bees in Your Backyard

Long Island honeybees are dependent upon humans for their survival. Join refuge volunteer and beekeeper Judy Callaway for this informative presentation about the life of a honeybee, the problems they encounter, how we can help them and how beekeepers use their knowledge to keep honeybee populations alive and benefit from their industrious nature.

Saturday, July 15 (10:00 - 11:30AM) Backyard Birds

Great for families! Learn about our common backyard birds and how wonderful they are. Participants will also make simple and easy bird feeders to hang in the backyard. Fun for all ages! 

Saturday, July 22 (10:00 – 11:00AM) Children’s Story Time

Hear the adventures of Piping Plover Summer and learn more about these tiny creatures that call our refuge beaches home. Following the story, participants will make their own plover craft to take home.

Saturday, July 29 (10:00-11:30am) Fish Printing

Before cameras, fishermen used the ancient art of Gyotaku (fish printing) to record large or unusual specimens by making ink block reproductions of their catch. Now you too can develop beautiful, scientifically accurate prints, while we provide the fish! Choose from a variety of fish models and take your print home as a keepsake.

Wednesday, August 2 (3:00 – 4:00PM) Bats! Bats! Bats!

Learn about the bat research currently underway this summer at our Long Island National Wildlife Refuges. The program will include details on the two major world groups of bats, including types of bats found in New York. We will also talk about white nose bat syndrome and how we can prevent its spread.

Saturday, August 5 (10:00-11:30am) Making Tracks

Learn the basics of identifying the tracks left by our refuge wildlife. Using your new found knowledge, you will help tell us “What’s the Tracking Story?” Create your own tracks to bring home. For families with children aged seven and up.

Unless otherwise stated, all programs will take place at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and are FREE OF CHARGE. The refuge headquarters is located at 340 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967. Call (631) 286-0485 for additional information.


Looking forward to seeing you soon. Have Fun!

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