Monarch Habitat Lifecycle Project

Once again, we are sponsoring the Milkweed to Monarch program!

Participants young and old will experience the miracle of a tiny caterpillar “cat” transforming into a chrysalis, and ultimately into an amazing butterfly.

Materials provided by the SCA include a habitat, information, and care instructions, a Saltaire residents milkweed map, a magnifying glass and monarch eggs.

Participants must commit to the 4 weeks required to raise the Monarchs into butterflies, and to gathering milkweed leaves to feed hungry “cats”. Upon release our Monarchs will migrate thousands of miles to their wintering grounds in Mexico. A new feature this year will include tagging and tracking of our Saltaire butterflies’ migration!

To participate, email Tracy Rudd at with your name, address, email address, and cell. First Come, First Served!

The Secret Power of Sand

August 4th - 5:30pm at the Gazebo

Open to the first 18 attendees – first come first served!

The United States boasts some of the most beautiful coasts in the world. From the Gulf of Mexico and California’s Pacific Highway, to right here on Fire Island—people have lived, worked, and played along our coastlines for centuries. But now, our coasts are being inundated by threats such as overdevelopment and sea level rise. There is good news: we know what elements are needed to keep our coasts healthy and enable our coastline communities to thrive. Join The Nature Conservancy’s Dr. Alison Branco to learn more about how our barrier island works, how to protect what we love about Fire Island, and what we can do to keep our human and natural communities healthy and thriving long into the future.

Beach, Bay and Village Clean Up

August 8th at 10:45am

The entire family is invited to clean up debris and materials hazardous to our wildlife. Meet at the Gazebo to pick up your supplies at 10:45am. Prizes for heaviest haul and most items found!

All relevant COVID-19 safeguards are required to participate in this experience.

  • Including masks
  • Gloves will be supplied
  • Tools cannot be shared!

The Magic of Compost

Wednesday, August 11th 5:30PM via Zoom

Compost is a residential win-win for increasing soil health and for reducing the volume of waste headed to a municipal landfill. Co-hosted by Roxanne Zimmer at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County and Citizens Campaign for the Environment, this workshop will teach you 4 different types of composting methods including outside and indoor composting, aerobic and anaerobic techniques, worm and lasagna approaches.

Email to register and receive Zoom link with the subject line COMPOST 811.

Roxanne Zimmer, Ph.D., has been spreading the word about best garden practices for many years. In her Community Horticulture role at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County, Roxanne speaks to school and community groups about why we should be reducing lawn area, planting natives and more vegetables.