Executive Director Highlight

Check out the 2023 Annual Report!

The Annual Report is an excellent opportunity for our organization to reflect on the impact we made on our communities last year, and for residents to learn more about the many programs we provide.

Read here!

Governor Hochul Commends Outstanding Contributions to Latina Mentoring Program

It was an honor to be recognized by Governor Kathy Hochul for my contributions as a committee member and mentor in the Latina Mentoring Program!

In collaboration with the the New York State Mentoring Program, the Latina Mentoring Program facilitates partnerships between Latina leaders in government, community, and corporate sectors and student mentees. This mentorship initiative aims to provide young Latinas with access to internships, scholarships, and professional development opportunities, all while fostering a sense of pride in their heritage and building a supportive community.

Recognized as Women's Recognition Honoree in Government by Town of Brookhaven

Thank you to the Town of Brookhaven for naming me a Women's Recognition Honoree!

This honor is granted annually by the Town to commendable women who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to serving their community.

The recognitions were celebrated during the commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the Town of Brookhaven Office of Women's Services. This office is dedicated to aiding women and their families during times of transition or crisis, offering support and guidance to empower them to make positive decisions and improve their lives.

District Overviews with Local Officials

Thank you to Assemblyman Steve Stern, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Legislator Rebecca Sanin, and Legislator Catherine Stark for meeting with myself and staff to showcase the impact of CCE Suffolk on our communities and to generate ideas tailored to meet the specific needs of your districts!

As a non-profit, sub-governmental association, CCE Suffolk depends greatly on its collaborations with local government bodies to maximize the varied research conducted by our educators, offering counsel and remedies in communities where they are most impactful. We genuinely appreciate the chance to evaluate our current programs and offerings, while also conveying our goals for 2024 and beyond!

Marine Program Director Chris Pickerell with Assemblyman Steve Stern and ED Vanessa Lockel

Clean Energy Coordinator August Ruckdesche, ED Vanessa Lockel, and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer

Clean Energy Coordinator August Ruckdeschel, ED Vanessa Lockel, and Diabetes/Human Development Program Manager Linda Altenburger with Legislator Rebecca Sanin and Leg. Aide Elen Sarisi

Nutrition Program Director Zahrine Bajwa, PhD, and ED Vanessa Lockel with Legislator Catherine Stark and Leg. Aide Ryan Ferguson


(Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Belonging)


SOMOS 2024

Executive Director Vanessa Lockel was delighted to participate in the 2024 SOMOS New York Conference held in Albany!

SOMOS, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to serving the Hispanic community in New York, and the conference provides an important forum for policymakers, academics, and leaders in business and labor to tackle key issues facing this demographic.

CCE Suffolk Board Member Dafny Irrizary was also present, and was honored by NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli for her tireless dedication to supporting Latino students and her commitment to boosting the representation of Latino teachers in classrooms!

Vanessa's attendance at the conference was aimed at highlighting how CCE Suffolk's programs can contribute to addressing concerns within the Hispanic community. As Long Island experiences increasing diversity, our commitment remains steadfast in reducing language barriers to ensure all residents can access the support we provide.

2024 Carnaval

Hosted by Latina Moms Connect

CCE Suffolk Nutritonist Italia Granshaw represented our organization at The Latina Moms Connect annual Carnaval event, celebrating 10 years of community and culture!

Latina Moms Connect is a bridge between culture and Latino/Latinx families and communities. Through intentional and purposeful activities, Latina Moms Connect helps families build authentic connections that support cultural preservation and enrich cultural identity.

LILTA's Women Leaders Paving Paths for Young Women Conference

Executive Director Vanessa Lockel had the privilege of serving as a panelist at the Women Leaders Paving Paths for Young Women Conference, hosted by LILTA!

This conference, held at Stony Brook University, is designed to inspire and motivate high school students to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree/program by helping them match their passion with a career path. Vanessa excitedly shared her own journey, showing the transformative power of education and passion.

In addition, participants received valuable insights into the college application process and were provided with resources to help them become acquainted with the college experience!

Learn more about LILTA

Vendors and Sponsors Wanted for Bloom 2024!

Bloom is a bilingual wellness event held with our friends at the 100 Hispanic Women Long Island Program, featuring hay rides, farm animals, health checks, nutrition classes, goat yoga, and so much more!

Hosted at the Suffolk Couny Farm & Education Center in Yaphank, the event will be held on May 18th beginning at 10:00am.

Prices for vendors/participants are as follows:

$250 - Food Truck

$100 - Vendor

$50 - Nonprofits

$25 - Students/Members

Sponsorship opportunities are also available!

Those interested can contact Liz at (631) 355-5961 or via email at: Info@internationalmediany.com

Vendors can also register here

Explore the CCE Suffolk Spanish

Facebook and Instagram Pages!

Discover information about upcoming events and workshops conducted in Spanish, receive valuable health tips and tricks, and more!



Program Updates


Don't Miss the Master Gardener Plant Sale!

Held at the Suffolk County Farm & Education Center on April 27th from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, the Master Gardener Plant Sale features an array of flowering plants, annuals, herbs and vegetables, plus native plants!

Learn more here

2024 Long Island Horticulture Conference

Thank you to the landscapers, nursery growers, arborists, landscape architects, and other professionals from all over the Long Island horticultural industry for joining us at the 34th Annual Long Island Horticulture Conference!

At the forefront of Long Island horticulture for over 3 decades, the conference offers plenty of information sessions & a chance to meet other industry professionals.

Leader’s Forum at Bayard Cutting Arboretum

CCE Suffolk staff from the Agriculture Program were very proud to participate in the Leader’s Forum held at Bayard Cutting Arboretum! 

Following breakfast, the event kicked off with a presentation delivered by Emily Lindback from CCE Suffolk's Agricultural Stewardship division. Emily shed light on the crucial work carried out by the Agricultural Stewardship team, focusing on collaborating with farmers to mitigate nutrient and pesticide runoff from agricultural lands into Suffolk County's ground and surface waters, all while ensuring the continued strength and viability of the local agricultural sector.

Attendees also had the opportunity to gain insights from CCE Suffolk's Entomologist, Dan Gilrein, and Joyce Rodler, Region 1 Manager for the NY DEC. Their discussion centered around the recently enacted neonicotinoid legislation and provided a platform for addressing queries from the audience.

Controlled Release Nitrogen Fertilizer Initiative

The CCE Suffolk Agriculture Program was recently highlighted in the NYDEC Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) Newsletter for their Controlled Release Nitrogen Fertilizer (CRNF) initiative. 

Over 15 years, The Ag Program has shown CRNF's effectiveness in reducing environmental impact, particularly groundwater nitrate pollution, through research and on-farm trials. By providing on-farm demonstrations and financial support, CCE has facilitated widespread adoption among farmers, with about 80 percent of Long Island sweet corn growers now using CRNF.

Shop Local!

Many local farm stands are still open and offering amazing produce!

Whether you're looking for fruit, vegetables, dairy, or baked goods, there's sure to be a location that has what you need.

Check out our Farm Stand List for all of your farm-fresh produce! 

View here

This list has been compiled by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County as a service to Suffolk County residents and farmers. If you would like your farm stand to be included, or if you have any changes or corrections, please contact the Agriculture Program at ccesuffolkag@cornell.edu.

Community Education

Mobile Diabetes Screening at VFW 6249 with Legislator Chad Lennon

Thank you to VFW Post 6249 in Rocky Point and Legislator Chad Lennon for graciously hosting the Sun River Health Mobile Diabetes Screening Clinic alongside CCE Suffolk Community Education nutrition experts!

Attendees were treated to a delightful and nutritious chili recipe while awaiting their complimentary blood sugar/A1C tests, and also had the opportunity to gain valuable insights into preventing and managing diabetes.

The Mobile Diabetes Screening Clinic aims to educate individuals about their blood sugar levels while providing crucial resources and support for managing diabetes effectively. Participants learn about topics such as glucometer usage, medication management, insulin administration, and more.

MyPlate at Bridgehampton UFSD & YES Central Islip Afterschool Program

Continuing their efforts in support of National Nutrition Month, the Community Ed Program paid a visit to the first, second, and third graders in Mrs. Jenna Pluta's family and consumer science class at Bridgehampton UFSD!

During the session, students engaged in a lively MyPlate matching food group game, savored delicious tangerines while delving into the principles of healthy eating, and explored the origins of food and the significance of physical activity.

The team also visited Reed Middle School in Central Islip for a MyPLate lesson with YES After School program patticipants. Students made healthy fruit rolls up using apples, bananas, and strawberries.

Kind Words from Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse

The Community Ed Program has worked with the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) for several years, providing parent education programs. Following a recent session of the program's "Why Teens Do What They Do" workshop, our educators received a very kind message from Connie Bruno, Director, Program Development and Community Engagement at CASA:

"Thank you for your continued support of my efforts to bring quality programs to the Manhasset community. The turnout we consistently receive is a clear testament to the value of your content. Your expertise, professionalism, and collaborative spirit make working together a true pleasure. I appreciate our partnership and look forward to introducing additional programs to my community during the 24-25 school year"

"Parenting Through the Lifecycle" with the 106th Rescue Wing

Community Education Parent Educator, Cara Sultan, offered a parenting workshop to members of the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach as part of their Wellness Day. 

The theme of the workshop, "Parenting Through the Lifecycle," allowed military personnel to learn about the latest in parenting and enjoy discussion about challenges and successes of raising children today.

Partners for Wellness with Options for Community Living Inc.

The team has engaged in its newest SNAP-Ed NY initiative, Partners for Wellness, in collaboration with a new partner agency, Options for Community Living, Inc. in Ronkonkoma. 

Options for Community Living is committed to providing high quality housing and services for vulnerable Long Islanders. The Partners for Wellness initiative aims to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes within the worksite, benefiting both employees and clients.

Test Your Pressure Canner Dial Gauge for Safely Canning Foods

For safe processing of low-acid foods such as meats, poultry, fish, game and vegetables, home pressure dial gauges must be tested yearly to ensure accuracy.

The dial gauge should also be tested if it has been bumped or dropped. If the dial gauge is inaccurate by more than two pounds, Extension Professionals and the National Center for Home Food Preservation recommend replacement. If the dial gauge is off by two pounds or less, an adjustment can be made.

Please contact Maryann Birmingham for availability:


SNAP-Ed Spring Newsletter

Check out the SNAP-Ed Spring Newsletter!

Feautring upcoming events and classes, as well as a delicious Quinoa and Black Bean Salad recipe!

Read here

The Parent Cafe:

Free Parenting Classes

In today's parenting landscape, establishing a supportive community is paramount for families, providing an avenue to express concerns and acquire invaluable insights. Find your community at the Parent Cafe!

Through this program, families can access free, research-based educational sessions conducted by expert Parent Educators, Nutrition Educators, Lactation Consultants, and more. As an added treat, gifts and light refreshments accompany these informative gatherings!

Surveyed participants at the last Parent Cafe held at the Connetquot Library reported the following:

  • 80% reported using positive discipline strategies to teach their children appropriate behavior
  • 90% reported feeling more confident in their parenting abilities
  • 100% reported having more patience with their child when they have a temper tantrum as a result of attending the Parent Cafe

Childcare is available!

Click the link below to learn more/register!

Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Avenue | Yaphank, NY 11980

Learn more/Register

Huntington YMCA

60 Main Street | Huntington, NY 11743

Learn more/Register

Mastic Moriches Shirley Community Library

369 Neighbor Road | Mastic Beach, New York 11951

Learn more/Register

Virtual Classes Via Zoom

Learn more/Register

Check out some press coverage of this amazing initiative!

Long Island Media Group



Ask the Family Educator

by Maxine Cohen, Parent Educator

What is a good activity that promotes family bonding in springtime?

There is a no better hands-on activity for parents and children in spring than working together in the garden. Experiencing nature together and learning how plants grow are both educational and enriching activities.

Gardening engages all of our senses, for young and older alike. Visiting a garden center stimulates your children’s senses and affords opportunities to learn concepts of size, colors, and fragrances. Research shows that sensory experiences stimulate brain development and enhance creativity.

Gardening outdoors promotes healthy physical activity. As children help in planting seeds and plants and pulling out weeds, their curiosity is piqued, and they develop fine muscle coordination skills.

Research shows that children who help in growing vegetables and fruits are more likely to eat these foods after harvesting them. They take pride in this miracle of creation. If you have a particularly abundant harvest, sharing with family and friends in your community teaches the important concepts of generosity and caring for others.

As your family works together in nature, know that you inspiring your children to appreciate our natural environment, and stimulating their mental, physical, and emotional development. Have fun gardening and watch your children blossom along with the flowers!

Suffolk County Farm & 4-H

2024 Tri-State Camp Conference

CCE Suffolk camp staff had a blast at the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey Tri-State Camp Conference: the largest gathering of camp professionals in the world! 

The team joined more than 3,300 camp professionals to attend educational sessions, check out new products and services, and discuss how best to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

Thank you to Shawn Tiede, Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Camping Specialist, for his invaluable assistance in coordinating this trip!

Registration is Open for the 2024 Animal Crackers Program

The Animal Crackers program offers engaging, hands-on learning opportunities in Animal Science for youth, particularly 4-H members. With a focus on various animal species each year, participants delve into different aspects of animal care, facilitated by interactions with experts from Cornell University, including faculty, staff, students, and industry professionals. 

The program's workshops cover a range of topics tailored to specific species groups. Guided by a planning committee, workshop presenters and themes are chosen based on current trends and issues, with input from youth advisory committees and educators. Our very own Kate Perz, 4-H Animal Science Educator, will be giving a presentation as well!

NOTE: CCE Suffolk will not be providing transportation to this event; parents will need to get their children to and from the college and chaperone them throughout the duration. 

To register, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole Fiorentino

at nf76@cornell.edu.

Suffolk County 4-H

Sock Fundraiser

Get yourself some awesome socks, and support Suffolk's 4-H Youth!

Socks will be shipped directly to your home upon ordering. Socks are 100% American-made, and one size fits most, cross knitted for premier stretch.

Order here

Try the Farm's 1 Mile Walk!

Planning to visit the farm soon? Enjoy a refreshing workout amongst the fields and animals!

Check out the one-mile walk route here

You can also join our Executive Director on her Thursday and Friday morning runs on the property? Please email vl332@cornell.edu to sign up.


Take Our Energy Survey for the Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card!

CCE Nassau, CCE Suffolk, and Hofstra University are conducting a study of home energy use and cost on Long Island as part of the Long Island Clean Energy Hub’s goal to support an equitable transition to a clean energy economy. All Suffolk County and Nassau County residents encouraged to complete this short survey!

We’d like to offer you an opportunity to enter a raffle for a $50 gift card to take this 10-15 minute survey about your household's energy use and the associated expenses—respondents have a 1 in 10 chance of winning a gift card. Your responses will be anonymous.

Take the survey here

Thank you for assisting the Clean Energy Hub in our efforts to help communities lower their home energy costs and deliver a cleaner living environment to residents!

Solar Press Conference with Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine

August Ruckdeschel, CCE Suffolk Clean Energy Coordinator, was honored to join Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine, Suffolk County officials, and leaders from the private sector to unveil a new initiative to promote solar energy adoption among both residents and businesses, as well as enhance the energy efficiency of county buildings.

August had the privilege to address the audience about Clean Energy Choices and the Long Island Clean Energy Hub. These programs offer valuable resources and guidance to homeowners and businesses interested in embracing clean energy practices, especially those in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

If you are ready to take advantage of the many clean energy resources available from federal and state sources, CCE Suffolk Clean Energy Choices staff are available to help make the transition to clean energy sources as seamless as possible. We are ready and eager to engage with the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, pursue and implement long-term sustainability projects, respond to key environmental challenges and opportunities, accelerate economic growth, save Long Islanders money on energy expenses, and advance the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Thank you to Executive Romaine for inviting us to take part in this meaningful announcement!

Learn more about the CCE Suffolk Clean Energy Program

"Solar-Up Suffolk" Earth Week Solar Fair

In support of the county's efforts to promote the use of solar energy, “Solar-Up Suffolk” Solar Fair at the H. Lee Denison Bulding on April 22nd, 11am – 2pm.

The fair will be a one-stop shop featuring environmentalists, solar vendors, and utilities ready to answer questions about incorporating solar energy into your home or business.

Address: 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

Start Training for a Career in Renewable Energy and Net Zero Building!

Apply today for Power Up Wind, Solar & Renewables, a FREE United Way of Long Island training program and certification that will help you secure a career in the fast-growing fields of renewable energy, smart grid, and green construction.

This Program will operate out of United Way’s state-of-the-art E3 SmartBuild Training Center in Deer Park and includes:

Introduction to Solar, Wind Turbines, and Renewables

Hands-on training for high-performance and net zero building

Building Science Principles Certification

Assistance with Job Placement upon course completion


This program is currently FREE of charge and enrollment is limited! Available in both English and Spanish.

Learn more and apply here

Y en español aquí


2024 Seafood Expo North America

The Fisheries team had a blast at the 2024 Seafood Expo North America in Boston, tabling in support of their Monkfish Marketing Initiative!

The American goosefish, better known as monkfish, has a mug only a mother could love, but an out-of-this-world taste worthy of five-star restaurants. With meat that’s mild-tasting and firm, it is often likened to lobster.

In collaboration with industry organizations, the Monkfish Marketing Initiative seeks to increase consumption of and demand for monkfish through product development and audience expansion. A historically weak foreign market and a lack of domestic demand has resulted in a boom in Monkfish population, making this delicious fish a more economical and sustainable choice than ever before!

Monkfish is local to the Northeast US, where the Expo took place - thus, all dishes available for tasting at the CCE booth were locally sourced from Northeast monkfish fishermen, and processed by Northeast seafood companies. Offerings included Monkfish Sliders from Tony’s Fresh Seafood of Rhode Island, Monkfish Seafood Salad from Gra-Bar & Barnegat's Best Seafood, Monkfish Curry from The Plenus Group (PGI) & Red Best, and Monkfish Stew from Maine Coast Fishermen's Association. Attendees also learned more ways to utilize monkfish, such as the preparation of Japanese ‘ankimo’ using the monkfish’s liver, and scratch fish broth that utilizes the monkfish’s large head.

Learn more here

We extend a heartfelt appreciation to our partners for their generous donations and collaborative efforts, which played a crucial role in making this trip possible:

  • Tony's Seafood
  • Maine Coast Fishermen's Association
  • Plenus Group, Inc.
  • Red's Best
  • GraBar Fish & Seafood
  • Hurricane's Premium Soup & Chowder From Maine
  • Barnegat’s Best Seafood
  • Chatham Harvesters Cooperative

Shellfish Education at Taste NY

Aquaculture & Shellfish Restoration Specialist Harrison Tobi was at Taste NY in Albany to share the history and significance of the shellfish aquaculture industry on Long Island, highlighting its economic importance and environmental benefits.

Harrison also highlighted the various benefits of aquaculture, including water quality improvement through oysters' consumption of algae and nitrogen, the promotion of biodiversity through aquaculture gear acting as artificial reefs, as well as job creation and economic revenue for local Long Island communities.

Long Island oysters are delicious and diverse in shapes and flavors, making the potential for the industry to rival other states, such as Connecticut, extremely possible. Overcoming or finding solutions to the current hurdles facing the Long Island shellfish aquaculture industry will help ensure the industry's success.

Pictured with Harrison is Julie Suarez, Director of Translational Research Programs and Associate Dean for Land-Grant Affairs at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

Fisheries Specialist Amanda Dauman Appears on NOAA Podcast

Amanda Dauman, Fisheries Specialist with the CCE Suffolk Marine Program, made an appearance on the NOAA Fisheries Podcast to speak on the team’s Monkfish Marketing Initiative! 

Listen here

Volunteers Needed: New York Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network

The Marine Program is seeking individuals, organizations, and students interested in internship opportunities to take on the role of lead Site Coordinators for 12 evenings of horseshoe crab monitoring at multiple beaches!

The data collected from this community science program is essential to the conservation of horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds, and is published in scientific journals. For more information, please reach out to us at nyhorseshoecrab@gmail.com 

Learn more here

Marine Reptiles and Their Land-Based Buddies

Check out Tegan Castellucio, Sea Explorers Marine Camp Assistant Educator, holding a "Marine Reptiles and Their Land-Based Buddies" program at Robert Moses Middle School!

These workshops were made possible thanks to funding from the New York Community Bank Foundation, which also funded the creation of marine coloring books, dsitruibted to the students in both English and Spanish! 

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CCE Suffolk Board of Directors Highlight

Alyssa Turano

Alyssa Turano is a Senior Public Involvement Specialist for Burns & McDonnell. As part of the project management team she works to help manage, provide field outreach, and deliver an integrated community approach to planning utility scale renewable energy projects. She is a current member of the Suffolk County Farm Community Advisory Committee and serves as liaison to the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors. Alyssa is also a member of the Long Island Associations Young Professionals Committee and is working towards her MBA at Stony Brook University.

After earning a dual degree in French and International Studies from High Point University, Alyssa began her career in government. First serving as Legislative Aide and then as Chief of Staff to former Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn. During her time as Chief of Staff, Alyssa worked on numerous initiatives and served on several boards including co-chairing the Hercules on the Harbor 10k, Fifth District Representative to the Suffolk County Youth Coordinating Council, and as a member of the Walk for Beauty and Gallery North Wet Paint Festival planning committees. Giving back through community service has always been important to Alyssa and the reason she now organizes regular employee volunteer efforts for her company.

Alyssa is a Long Island native and resides in Setauket with her partner Mark, in her childhood home. In her spare time she enjoys hiking trails across Long Island and taking long bike rides with Mark and their dog Quincy.

Upcoming Events

Private Sunset Wagon Rides at the Suffolk County Farm

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sunday, April 7, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monday, April 8, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Experience the farm all to yourself with a private group sunset tour!

Please note:

  • Close toed shoes are required to enter goat pens so please dress accordingly.
  • You are more than welcome to bring your own s’mores supplies and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Available dates on a first come first served basis!

Please register at least two weeks prior to schedule your group. Don’t wait, dates fill fast!

Spring and Summer Experience:

Enjoy the farm all to yourself with a private group sunset tour! The experience includes personal farm tour guides, wagon ride, animal visit, time inside the goat pen, and campfire!


$350 per group. Up to 20 participants. Children under 3 are free and do not count towards head count. An additional wagon is available for $150 for a maximum of 40 people total.

Learn more

Farm to Table

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, May 2, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, August 1, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, September 5, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, October 3, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Learn about the process of making syrup by helping drill and tap our maple trees and hanging buckets to collect the sap. Everyone can watch how the sugaring process happens.

Enjoy a wagon ride on our "Syrup Express" for a quick visit to our farm animals.

  • Tapping Demonstrations
  • Maple Sugaring Process presentation
  • Wagon Rides-ongoing

Learn more

STEM Exploration Day

Sunday, April 7, 2024, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We're excited to partner with 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol to share an exciting introduction to the world of STEM topics!

We'll have plenty of hands-on activities such as building your own comet, various demonstrations including model aircraft flights from our friends at Long Island Flying Eagles Airfield, and resources to share for you to bring STEM activities and learning right to your home!

This event is free and available to all ages, so bring your friends, siblings, grandparents, and all that would love to explore STEM and beyond!

Learn more

Play Time, Learn Time

Monday, April 8, 2024, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Monday, April 29, 2024, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Monday, May 6, 2024, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Monday, May 13, 2024, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Monday, May 20, 2024, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Community Education Program is proud to once again offer Play Time, Learn Time at the Suffolk County Farm & Education Center’s Nature Explore Classroom!

Bring your little ones (ages 1-5, siblings welcome) to discover this outdoor space which allows for plenty of messy play, building and interactive art exploration as well as a music and movement area. While your little ones play nearby, our Parent Educators will be available to answer your parenting questions.

The Nature Explore Classroom Certification Program is a nationwide effort that acknowledges institutions fostering outdoor classrooms and offering comprehensive programs that enable children to incorporate the natural environment into their learning experiences. The Suffolk County Farm's Nature Explore Classroom is a longstanding testament to this initiative, now in its 14th year of certification.

You are welcome to come to one or all of the available dates!

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Worker Protection Standard

Mock Inspection

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This workshop will review Worker Protection Standard (WPS) topics such as PPE, recordkeeping, central posting, worker and handler trainings, respirator requirements and more.

Existing rules and updates will be addressed. Attendees will rotate between stations in a ‘mock inspection’ format. Bring your questions!

Learn more/Register

Introduction to

Cardboard Architecture

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Do you enjoy building things? Do you like to recycle?

Then join Mr. James in making your own cardboard barn and silo diorama. Participants will be using templates, hobby knives, hot glue and a variety of materials to personalize their barn project.

Ages 10 and over ONLY

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Kids and Cash

Friday, April 19, 2024, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Consumer driven children can drain your wallet fast!

This workshop explores the priorities and values of a family economy which establishes the relationship children have with their financial resources, now and as adults. We’ll cover the traditional topics of allowance and savings, as well as the money savvy techniques of recreational spending, goal spending, and saving.

For parents of children 5-12years of age.

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Ask the Dietician!

Friday, May 17, 2024, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Friday, June 21, 2024, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Join us for a free diabetes Q&A session with a nutrition expert!

Hosted at the Middle Country Public Library:

575 Middle Country Rd, Selden, NY 11784

No registration needed.

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Goat Yoga

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Enjoy yoga on the farm with our friendly goats! A fun twist to traditional flow.

End your day in downward dog and some laughs. All levels are welcome to goat yoga. Various dates and time May through November

Please bring your own:

  • Yoga Mat
  • Water bottle

Learn more/Register

Garden Club featuring Blue Carbon at Tiana Bayside

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Welcome to our first Back to the Bays Garden Club of the season, featuring Blue Carbon.

Join us at our beautiful Tiana Bayside Facility in Hampton Bays for this free event. You will learn about Blue Carbon followed by a hands-on garden cleanup for upcoming spring plantings. We are excited to showcase the importance of Blue Carbon and how it contributes to bettering our environment, both within and outside of the water.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, this event is perfect for anyone who loves nature. Come connect with our dedicated habitat team and educators to discover the value of coastal plants and Blue Carbon. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ArtSEA Create + Sip: Seahorse Mosaic

Monday, April 15, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30PM

Join us for an exciting evening of creativity and relaxation at ArtSea Create & Sip - Seahorse Mosaic! This in-person event will take place at New Moon Cafe

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Earth Day - Blue Carbon Habitat Restoration

Monday, April 22, 2024, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Come join us for a fun-filled afternoon celebrating Earth Day at CCE Marine's Tiana Bayside Facility!

At this free event, you will learn about Blue Carbon Habitats and the role of coastal plants in mitigating climate change and protecting our waterbodies. Get your hands dirty and make SEAd bombs to help restore these coastal marine habitats, and support our local pollinators.

It is a great way to give back to our planet while enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery. Do not miss out on this opportunity to make a positive impact on our environment!

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ArtSea Earth Day, “Planet vs. Plastics”

Monday, April 22, 2024, 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Get creative and make a found object assemblage from collected marine debris to raise awareness about plastics and the environment.

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ArtSEA Create + Sip: Horseshoe Crabs String Art

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us at Cowfish for a fun evening of crafting and sipping!

Get ready to unleash your creativity as we guide you through creating your very own string art masterpiece of a horseshoe crab. No experience necessary (this is a bit of a thinking and planning project, similar to puzzles), just come ready to have a good time!

All materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and maybe a friend or two. Participants will be provided with a wooden board with the nails already set! Let's get artsy and enjoy a relaxing evening by the sea at Cowfish!

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Spring Cleaning- Tiana Bayside Clean Up

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a positive impact and enjoy the refreshing spirit of springtime by the water.

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ArtSea - Cyanotype @ Tiana

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 3:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Come join us for an afternoon of creativity and fun at the beautiful Tiana Bayside Facility in Hampton Bays, NY. In this event, you will learn how to create stunning cyanotype prints using the power of the sun. No prior experience is necessary, just bring your creativity and eagerness to learn!

Ages: 10yrs and older

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to explore your artistic side and create beautiful cyanotype prints by the sea. See you there!

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Stewardship Session: Oyster Shell Bags

Friday, May 3, 2024, 3:30 PM  5:00 PM

Help our Aquaculture Coordinator create bags of oyster shells for our spat-on-shell oyster reef restoration projects!  

Bags of cured oyster + clam shells are used to set baby oysters onto, which is called spat-on-shell, or SOS. The SOS is then used to build oyster reefs at our various Stewardship Sites.

The volunteer time will entail: cutting and tying mesh to create bags; shoveling cured shell into the bags; neatly stacking bags off to the side. Gloves can be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own. Expect to get mildly wet and/or dirty, depending on conditions.

This is a great opportunity for high school students to get service hours!

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Sea Explorers Marine Camp

Check out these awesome upcoming programs from Sea Explorers!

Mini-Marine Biologist: Marine Reptiles and Their Land-Based Buddies

April 14th | 12:30pm-2:00pm on April 14th

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Spring Beach Walk 

April 25 | 1:30pm-3:00pm

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"SPARK" Ready, Set Glow! at the Suffolk County Farm

April 25 | 10:00am-11:30am 

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Turf and IPM Specialist

Riverhead, NY

The Turf and Integrated Pest Management Specialist is responsible for providing leadership in the planning, implementing, delivery, and evaluation of the applied research and extension educational programs the Suffolk County Properties Program and Turf Fertilizer Management Program. The position aids Suffolk County in implementing integrated pest management strategies in situations where pesticides have been reduced or eliminated, providing diagnoses, training, public outreach, and research and demonstration projects under Community Advisory Committee (CAC) guidance to further the goals of pesticide-free buildings and land care practices on Suffolk County-owned properties and in the County at large.

The position also provides leadership for Suffolk County Local Law 41-2007, addressing water quality through reduction of nitrogen fertilizers in commercial landscape management. This comprehensive fertilizer educational program includes educational training to landscape professionals and county staff, written resources, and one-on-one consultations regarding use of nitrogen fertilizers. The target stakeholders and areas of work include Suffolk County staff and properties – golf courses, parks, landscapes, county facilities and buildings, highways, and right-of-ways – as well as residential, commercial, and agricultural sod.

Required qualifications include a Master’s degree in Turfgrass Management, Integrated Pest Management, Horticulture, Entomology, Plant Pathology or related discipline relevant to the role of the position.

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