The Quogue Wildlife Refuge was busy with camp groups the morning I went there to visit Michael Nelson, the refuge's director.
The refuge is at 3 Old Country Rd., East Quogue. Its 305 acres are filled with forests, lakes, bogs and amazing animals.
The refuge is also rich in history. Before it was a refuge for animals, it was home to the Quogue Ice Co. where they harvested ice from Old Ice Pond.
Now you can come and visit to enjoy the wildlife. When you visit the refuge, you will see remnants of the ice company, and you can see a small museum set up in a barn.
This beautiful refuge is not only a great place to visit but also a great place to learn about animals and nature. There are many programs throughout the year for all ages.
According to Mr. Nelson, one of the most popular activities is the Summer Field Ecology Program. It's a camp for all ages. You will see the many ponds at the refuge and witness the secret mud trail. (It's lots of fun!)
You can check out the website, quoguewildliferefuge.org, or call 631-653-4771 for more information.
The refuge is a perfect place for an afternoon getaway in the summer, whether you are signed up for a program or just want to go for a nature hike. The park is open year-round, from sunrise to sunset. The Nature Center is open on weekends, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You won't regret the trip.
Library draws teens
If you have nothing to do in the summer or you're bored, you could probably go to the library and check out the programs that they have.
You can sign up for fun programs in the family and teen department.
The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton (91 Coopers Farm Rd.; myrml.org) is an example of all the good things a library can offer to kids in our town.
The teen department is for ages 11 to 18. This year, it has a book club, and the theme is "Own the Night." At the book club, you get cool prizes and raffle tickets for bigger prizes for reading books.
Here are just some of the programs that the library offers: origami, ghost stories, battle of the books, art classes, cooking classes, yoga, Zumba and movies.
The teen department is in a newly furnished room. It's the best place to go for air-conditioning when the weather is too hot and on rainy days.
The people at the library say their favorite part of summer is seeing that so many kids love to read.
--Kidsday Reporter Audrey Nigro
CLASS OF THE WEEK: Danielle Psarreas' sixth-grade class, OUR LADY OF THE HAMPTONS SCHOOL, Southampton