We are currently open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. CLOSED on Holidays

We are open on a limited basis to our causal visitors:

  • Restrooms are open to one individual per our (2) restrooms.

We are accepting appointments if your group meets the following criteria:

  • Group size based on your organization's, school's or camp's COVID Protocols in accordance with CDC Guidelines

  • All programs are outdoors ONLY and weather dependent on the guest's preference of rain or shine.


Indoor Exhibit Areas will remain CLOSED

Do not be complacent in the opportunities that are giving to you. COVID-19 is still continually active, and your actions will have consequences on the people around you.

Masks are not required for those who are vaccinated.

Masks are still required for the brief time you are in the building.

The Marine Nature Study Area is a 52-acre preserve devoted to environmental education and natural history in Oceanside NY. Managed by the Town of Hempstead to compliment the outdoor features, there is an interpretive center that contains tanks with live specimens of marine life from the area and informative displays. Objectives of such an area include: an outdoor laboratory for elementary and secondary schools, salt marsh ecology, marine conservation practices, earth science, marine biology, and nature study. The Area also provides opportunity for research in marsh ecology and management to local college students and opportunity for art and photographic studies.

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"Designed to provide education, research, preservation, management practices and to enrich community life"


Official member of The Globe Program

Town of Hempstead : Marine Nature Study Area500 Slice DriveOceanside, NY 11572(516) 766-1580