Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

April 2024

2024 Solar Eclipse Viewing

Vineyard Field, Bridgehampton

Monday, April 8, 2:00 p.m.


Only a few tickets left - register today!

Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) to enjoy this year’s dramatic solar eclipse, offering close to 90% coverage at its deepest point here on the East End.


Bring your own folding chair or blanket and water. Registration required: $5 per person entry fee, with one pair of eclipse viewing glasses included in the fee.


Don’t miss this rare event. There won’t be another solar eclipse visible from Long Island until 2079!


Please click here to register.

Become a Community Scientist!

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

MLMP is a citizen science project to track monarch eggs, larvae, and milkweed throughout North America. Its stated mission is to better understand the distribution and abundance of breeding monarchs and to use that knowledge to inform and inspire monarch conservation.

MLMP's next virtual training session for the Northern Region (which includes New York) will be on Thursday, April 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a 1-hour break at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register at

Long Island Natural History Conference

April 12-13, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This annual event brings together Long Island’s leading naturalists to exchange current information, identify research and management needs, and encourage collaboration and a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history. To register click here.

Great East End Clean-Up 2024

Volunteers Invited!

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Spend the morning helping to preserve the health and beauty of a treasured ecosystem. Join us

in removing litter from the Long Pond Greenbelt.

Trash that ends up in the natural environment can harm ponds, trails, plants, and wildlife. According to EARTHDAY.ORG, the average American produces 1,800 pounds of garbage per year. And less than 10% of our plastic is recycled. Last year, 700 Great East End Clean-Up volunteers removed tons of debris from Southampton Town’s roadsides, parks, trails, and beaches.

Act locally as part of this year’s Great Global Clean-Up. Meet at 478 Merchants Path, Sag Harbor. Wear gloves and tick protection. We’ll provide trash bags and disposal.

Give back to the Greenbelt! And make the planet a better place to live.

E-mail to sign up now! Or just show up. Questions? Contact Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Sundays at Two

Nature Photography with Marianne Barnett

Sunday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.

Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center

Photographer Marianne Barnett's mission is to share the lives of animals through visual art. "I want to share their movement and emotions in their habitats and celebrate their lives through my art. It's my goal to inspire others to become interested in caring for the delicate balance of animal life and enjoy the visual journey." See some of Marianne's work at

Join us as we kick of the 2024 Sundays at Two lecture series season on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center.

Sundays at Two programs are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events in April

Important: Events are free, registration is suggested. To register, please email or call (or as otherwise noted in event detail). Dress appropriately for ticks.

Monday, April 8 – Solar Eclipse Viewing. 2:00 p.m. Vineyard Field. (Details inside.)


Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13 – Long Island Natural History Conference, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Suffolk County Environmental Center, Scully Estate, 550 South Bay Avenue, Islip.

Monday, April 15 – Monthly Meeting. 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome!

Saturday, April 20 – Old Farm Road Cleanup, 8:00 a.m. Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Road, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more information, contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.


Monday, April 22 – Earth Day.


Tuesday, April 23 – Full Pink Moon Hike, 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Co-Sponsored by FLPG and South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO). Join FLPG and SOFO on a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. The Pink Moon name comes from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes, the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn. Meet at the SOFO Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Leader:  Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689. 


Friday, April 26 - Arbor Day.

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Great East End Clean-Up. 478 Merchants Path, Sag Harbor. Details inside.

Sunday, April 28 – Sundays at Two with Nature Photographer Marianne Barnett, 2:00 p.m. Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. Details inside.

Our 2024 Membership Drive is Underway

Renew Now!

Suggested annual membership donations. More or less is welcome.

1-year Individual:  $ 25.00

1-year Family:       $ 40.00

Individual Lifetime: $250.00

Click here to print a membership form and mail your check


Click here to pay your membership dues online through PayPal