The FFINS St. Joseph's College Student Chapter (FFINS-SJC) began on September 2, 2012, when St. Joseph's College Professor Renée Kantro, board member of the FFINS/Friends of the Fire Island National Seashore Parent Organization, approached the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore organization to seek approval to start a student chapter at St. Joseph’s College, Long Island Campus. Approval was granted and in January 2013, the club chapter became fully recognized by St. Joseph’s College and the FFINS Organization.
As an official FFINS student chapter, FFINS St. Joseph's College has the opportunity to represent the college as environmental ambassadors to our National Parks Service and the community at large. St. Joseph’s College is committed to fostering proper stewardship in the preservation and sustainability of our surrounding seashore and to ensure that the many future generations will have environmentally sound access to the magnificent seashore here on Long Island.
The mission of FFINS St. Joseph's College is to encourage proper stewardship of our park resources, to foster cooperative and mutual communication between the National Park Service communities and St. Joseph's College, to promote environmentally sound access and awareness of the various aspects of the Fire Island National Seashore.
Why Should St. Joseph's College Students Join?
Do you have an interest in the enjoyment and preservation of our seashore, its ecology, and its marine and animal life?
Then the St. Joseph's College student chapter of Friends of the Fire Island National Seashore wants you! All students from various majors can become members—all you need is a passion for Long Island Beach Life.
If you are interested in getting involved with the FFINS St. Joseph's College Student Chapter, please contact us here!
On June 26th, 2013, St. Joseph's College faculty and FFINS members congregated at the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal in Patchogue. The Fire Island Superintendent, Christopher Soller, and Public Affairs Specialist, Paula Valentine, introduced St. Joseph's College's Associate Dean, Dr. Gail Lamberta, who introduced the College's newest program, Hospitality and Tourism Management to the crowd. Afterwards, members embarked on an enchanted voyage to Fire Island aboard the S.S. Empress to do some Island hopping and hobnobbing with Fire Island officials and 88 other FFINS Friends.