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)

Membership Benefits

The Friends of Fire Island National Seashore has partnered with local businesses to provide our valued members opportunities to save while supporting FFINS. With your membership you will now get a FFINS membership discount card that will entitle you to discounts at local businesses.

Patchogue Discounts

Click here for a full list of businesses in the Patchogue area that offer this discount.

How it works:

  • All FFINS members will receive a FFINS membership discount card (pictured below) in the mail with the completion of their membership application and appropriate donation.
  • Once this is done check your mail. FFINS will distribute membership discount cards to FFINS members. FFINS membership discount card will be good for one year.
  • FFINS members will get discounts from participating businesses and restaurants when the card is presented.
  • Check out the FFINS website under Membership Benefits for up to date listings of participating businesses and discounts.

Membership Cost:

  • Students - $15/year
  • Individuals - $25/year
  • Family - $35/year
  • Business - $100/year

What a membership level will buy:

  • Student, Individual & Family -
    • 1 membership discount card
    • Invitation to special events
    • Updates on all FFINS events and activities
    • Discounts to local businesses and restaurants
    • Receive quarterly FFINS e-newsletter
  • Business -
    • 4 membership discount cards
    • Business listing on FFINS website
    • Invitation to special events
    • Updates on all FFINS events and activities
    • Discounts to local businesses and restaurants
    • Receive quarterly FFINS e-newsletter

To sign up now, click here.

National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park

LONG ISLAND, New York – Fire Island National Seashore joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at Launched Monday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.

"Find Your Park” is also the theme for this year's National Park Week, April 18 – 26. To celebrate National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day Fire Island National Seashore will be hosting a variety of events and programs including an "Evening Tower Tour” at the Fire Island Lighthouse, a guided "History Hike” exploring the historically-rich Lighthouse Tract, and "Wrack Line Discovery,” a beach stroll with a park ranger in search of natural treasures washed in by the tides.

On Saturday, April 25 children ages 7 to 12 and their caregivers are invited to participate in a day of fun-filled learning and seaside discovery during the Seashore's annual Junior Ranger Day event taking place at the Fire Island Lighthouse.

"Fire Island is a great place to explore any time of year and its closer than you think,” said Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller. "Come find your park in the sands and stories of Fire Island National Seashore.”

Visit to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country. For more information on Fire Island National Seashore's National Park Week programs and events please

April 2015 Events- Join Us for National Park Week!

Spring is Near!- March 2015 Events

Call for Artists-in-Residence at Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island, New York – Artists from all disciplines are invited to apply for the 2015 Artist-in-Residence program at Fire Island National Seashore. Four two-week residencies on Fire Island will be offered. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2015.

Launched in 2013, this program is an opportunity for emerging and professional artists of all disciplines to spend time living in the park while developing a body of work inspired by the culture, history, or natural environment on Fire Island. For Dawn Lee, Fire Island National Seashore’s first artist- in-residence and coordinator for the program, Fire Island “was an inspirational place…to create drawings and paintings that interpret the complex relationship of natural elements in this wonderfully dynamic environment.”

In addition to Ms. Lee, sound artist Sven Anderson, painter Mary Ellen Hackett, and installation artist Jason Paradis have joined the ranks of recent participating artists. Works from the artists were showcased in the fall of 2014 at a mixed media exhibit featured at the Seashore’s Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal.

In 2015 artists will be selected through a juried application process based on their artistic merit and project proposal. For more information about the program and to download a submission checklist and application, please visit or email

CONTACT: Kathy Krause, Chief of Interpretation, 631-687-4766

Check out the photos below to see the previous artists in residency in action!

A Great End to the Season on Fire Island:
Successful FFINS Annual Orientation Tour to Fire Island

FFINS held another successful Annual Orientation Tour to Fire Island for Stony Brook University newly matriculated international students on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Thank you to all who supported the tour and enjoyed the day with us! The tour started out with a relaxing ferry ride across the Great South Bay from the Sayville Ferry Terminal to Sailor's Haven, Fire Island. Once at Sailor's Haven, the participants were free to explore Fire Island through a variety of activities; seining in the shallows of the Great South Bay, a guided trail walk through the unique ecosystems of the Sunken Forest and the Atlantic Ocean shore, and a walk through the nearby downtown of Cherry Grove.

We had 213 participants this year making it our highest turn out ever! For most of our tour participants this was the first time they had visited Fire Island. St. Joseph's College students and faculty joined too making it the first year that both student chapters have participated. The Annual Orientation Tour to Fire Island seems to be established as part of the annual orientation for Stony Brook University international/exchange students which is an accomplishment we are proud to note. We hope to develop our relationship with Stony Brook University and St. Joseph's College in the years to come and continue to spread the appreciation and wonderment of Fire Island.

Click on the image below to view some photos from the event.

Hospitality Provided by SJCNY Stewards: Renée Kantro, Dr. Janice Scarinci, Anita Stern, Fire Island National Park Rangers, the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore and SBU-International Student Program

Stories from Fire Island

Some students that embarked on the recent trip to Fire Island wrote stories about their experiences. Click on any of the titles below to read them.

"Sailor's Haven-a beautiful tourist destination worth visiting" - By Laurie Johnson

"Fire Island-quite the adventure!" - By Caitlin Corbett

"From stepping foot onto that ferry I knew it was going to be a great day!" - By Stefanie Muhlbuck

"Today, I was a tourist in my own state" - By Alexandra Pick


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.