Join Friends of Fire Island National Seashore AND....

  • Support the National Park Service and the protection of the Fire Island National Seashore.
  • Learn about the dazzlingly varied ecology of marine plant and animal life native to Fire Island and Long Island.
  • Become acquainted with Fire Island's geography, history, neighborhoods, growth, and preservation.
  • Show your friends you care about wildlife, nature, and the beauty of the seashore - and get them to join you.
  • Enjoy the annual all-day Fire Island Orientation Tour boat cruise through the Great South Bay to the exotic Sunken Forest, the Lighthouse, and more.
  • Write for the FFINS newsletter about conservation, native species, special events, or other interests.
  • Help staff an event, fundraise, volunteer for a special project, or even propose your own.
  • Volunteer for the National Parks community events (beach clean ups, trail maintenance, educational activities, etc.)

As a result of expanding responsibilities and decreased purchasing power Fire Island National Seashore has had to reduce services. We want to help the Seashore better serve the public and protect the natural and historic resources. Please join the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore or volunteer your services at the park, please print out the FFINS membership application and mail it to the address listed. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your support!


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“Personally I became the president of the group because I cherish the island, nature, and science and I would like to share it with other students. I was about 7 years old when I first went to Fire Island as part of a school field trip. I was enchanted by the sunken forest with its holly trees, the cleverly evolved fauna, and beaches littered with skate egg cases. During the international student field trip I remember students gasping and exclaiming happily as they saw the beach and monarch butterfly migration. It makes me happy to help provide them that experience and I think fostering an appreciation for nature is important in its conservation. I hope places like Fire Island will inspire students to be environmentally conscious in their lives. In addition, National parks are places where people can enjoy the outdoors and I am happy to support that cause. Appreciation for the environment can also be affected by understanding the value of ecology, and I was also hoping that eventually through participating in research on the island, students could gain a scientific perspective on nature in a pertinent local context.”
- Cara Lin (President of FFINS Student Chapter at Stony Brook University)


“Having an official FFINS student chapter on campus, has given our students and the SJC community as a whole, an opportunity to network and represent our College as environmental ambassadors to our National Parks Service as well as the many other communities that make up Fire Island itself -- to demonstrate that St. Joseph’s College is committed to fostering proper stewardship and responsible tourism in the preservation of our surrounding seashore. This mission of the chapter aligns itself well with our new HTM degree--as such, we’re hoping that our new found Fire Island connections will enable us to introduce our College to a whole new venue of people who will become our students.”
-Renée Kantro (FFINS Board Member, St. Joseph's College faculty & moderator of the FFINS Student Chapter at St. Joseph's College)

Upcoming Events at the Fire Island Lighthouse

The Fire Island National Seashore is Turning 50!

Celebrate 50 years of the Fire Island National Seashore with us! A lecture series will explore the history of the Fire Island National Seashore and the National Park Service and take a look into the future. Lectures start this September and continue through the summer of 2015 . Please join us!


Fire Island National Seashore Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

The Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) created by the National Park Service outlines four alternatives for manageing the white-tailed deer population at the Fire Island National Seashore and the environmental consequences of each alternative. To learn more about the details of the plan/EIS and to comment on the EIS please click the link below. The public comment period is from 7/31/2014 to 10/10/2014.

Fire Island National Seashore Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

Songs of Wilderness

William Floyd Biographer Signs Book at William Floyd Comes to Patchogue Exhibit

The Fire Island National Seashore will host a book signing event at the Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal on Saturday, August 16 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. William Floyd Biographer Larry Lowenthal will be on site to discuss and sign his book, William Floyd, Long Island Patriot. Larry Lowenthal worked up until 1991 as a historian for the National Park Service and since his retirement he has continued to contribute historic research for national park planning efforts. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event.

This event will be held on the closing weekend of the "William Floyd Comes to Patchogue" event which displayed the work of local artisit/ photographer, Xiomaro, and Floyd family artifacts.

Patchogue Ferry Terminal

150 West Avenue

Patchogue, NY

For more information call (631) 687-4772

Snappers and How to Catch Them Clinic

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William Floyd Estate Comes To Patchogue

The William Floyd Estate comes to Patchogue! Long Island artist/photographer Xiomaro captures the historic William Floyd Estate in a new light. A selection of his photographs, commissioned by the National Park Service, will be on display along with select artifacts from the Estate, at the Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal from July 4 thru August 17, 2014. The artists reception will take place at the ferry terminal on Sunday, July 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please click here for the media release.

Attention All Photographers

The Eastern National non-profit association is calling all NPS employees, volunteers and partners to showcase the best of your park! The organization is looking for photograph submissions of all 401 national park sites in America to create a full-color book that will showcase the beauty and history of our national parks.

Submit your photos of the Fire Island National Seashore by July 1, 2014.

Click below to find out more!

Surfcasting Clinic

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Fire Island National Seashore Summer 2014 Program Schedule

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Annual Nature & Wildlife Photographers of Long Island Photography Exhibition

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Dredging of Sailors Haven, Watch Hill, and Barrett Beach Channels and Marinas for Public Use and Safety

April 21, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) will begin re-dredging existing navigational channels and their associated marinas and docking facilities at Sailors Haven, Talisman/Barrett Beach, and Watch Hill on Fire Island. The purpose of the dredging project is to reestablish safe access for the public to NPS facilities in the aftermath of multiple storm events.

An Environmental Assessment, that presented the alternative to dredge existing navigational channels, marinas and docking facilities at the three Fire Island locations, was completed in accordance with the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality and released for public review from September 9- October 27, 2013. After reviewing the public comments, the NPS decided to act on the proposal to re-dredge the channels and marina areas at Sailors Haven, Talisman/Barrett Beach, and Watch Hill. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to the human environment was issued on March 31, 2013.

The NPS is in the process of obtaining the project permits required by the US Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the re-dredging project. The dredging at Sailors Haven and Watch Hill is scheduled to be completed by January 2015. The dredging at Talisman/Barrett Beach will be completed when future funding becomes available.

For more information visit the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website 

Environmental Assessment                                                 Project Location Map


William Floyd Estate

245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Hours of Operation:
May 23 - November 11, 2014
Friday - Sunday & Holidays Grounds: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (631) 399-2030

By car via the William Floyd Parkway
LIE (I-495) or Sunrise Hwy (Rt.27) to William Floyd Parkway (2 miles) south. Make left onto Neighborhood Rd, to end of road, follow William Floyd Estate signs to main parking lot.

Wilderness Visitor Center

Hours of Operation:
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (631) 281-3010

By car or bus via the William Floyd Parkway, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Located at the southern terminus ?of William Floyd Parkway. Parking available at Smith Point County Park. (Fee for parking)

Watch Hill Visitor Center

150 West Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772
Hours of Operation:
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Wednesday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (631) 597-6455

By ferry via the Patchogue/Watch Hill Ferry
From LIE (I-495) to Exit 61 South (County Rd. 19) or Sunrise Hwy (Rt 27) to Exit 52 south (County Rd.19). Approx. 1 mile, bear left onto West Avenue. Cross Main Street and terminal is about 1/2 mile down.

Sailors Haven Visitor Center

41 River Road Sayville, NY 11782
Hours of Operation:
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (631) 597-6183

By ferry via the Sayville Ferry
LIE (I-495) or Sunrise Hwy. (Rt.27) to Nicholls Rd. (Rt.97) south. Approx. 5.5 miles to Montauk Hwy. (Rt. 85), make right. Make left at Foster Ave. Follow green & white "Fire Island Ferry" signs to terminal. (Fee for parking)

Fire Island Lighthouse

Hours of Operation:
Open daily, year-round
For information about hours of operation, programs and fees call the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (FILPS)
Phone: (631) 661-4876 or visit

By car via the Robert Moses Causeway
Located at the southern terminus of the Robert Moses Causeway, just east of Robert Moses State Park. Parking available at Robert Moses State Park Field #5. (Fee for parking)
1-mile walk west from Kismet.

Student Chapters

Stony Brook University

St. Joseph's College

If you are interested in starting a student chapter at your school, please contact us here.

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