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Welcome to the new website for Friends of Tackapausha,
In the middle of densely populated Seaford on the South
Shore, is an historic and beautiful 84-acre sanctuary of oak forests, ponds and
streams, small mammals and scores of bird species, all of which can viewed via
five miles of clearly marked trails.
The Tackapausha Preserve, the first tract of preserve land
acquired by Nassau County (in 1938 and originally for drainage purposes), is one
of the most popular preserves on the South Shore. Bordered by Merrick Road on
the south and Jerusalem Avenue on the north, it provides residents with the
opportunity to enjoy a physically and spiritually invigorating hike in a
convenient and accessible location.
In addition, the preserve incorporates a 3,000-square-foot
museum with displays about the ecology of Long Island, as well as animal
exhibits and shows and interactive activities for children. The museum is also
available for birthday parties on weekends.
The Tackapausha Museum offers a window into the varied
natural habitats of Long Island, including plants and wildlife in different
seasons. A popular exhibit features live animals in a reversed day-night cycle;
the museum also provides educational programs. The Tackapausha Preserve is an
84-acre tract of glacial outwash plain that serves as a wildlife sanctuary,
consisting of wet, deciduous woods, swamps, streams and ponds, and a small
well-drained grassy area reminiscent of the Hempstead Plains. A variety of small
mammals and 170 species of birds have been seen at the Preserve in the
The preserve itself consists of three sections divided by
major roads, with trails that meander through each part. In the southern
section, between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway, the preserve is host to the
largest Atlantic White Cedar “stand,” or grouping of trees, in Nassau County,
located in a swamp just north of Tackapausha Pond, near Merrick Road.
In the central section, between Sunrise Highway and Clark
Avenue, a small, secluded pond draws waterfowl and amphibians. The northern
section, between Clark and Jerusalem avenues, includes a small wetland near
Bird-watchers often hike the trails, with lawn chairs in
tow, seeking out species commonly found at the preserve, such as the
ruby-throated humming bird. In all, more than 170 bird species have been
identified within the preserve, along with raccoon, muskrat, gray squirrel and
In August 2010, the museum was closed for a $300,000
renovation and was set to open in January 2012, But it remained closed do to
budget problems and the laying off of the only fulltime employee. It was
re-opened on April 21, 2012 after public outcry and the formation of the Friends
of Tackapausha group. The group incorporated on May 1, 2012 and received our
501c3 status from the IRS on January 31, 2013. We are also registered with the
NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau & the NYS Tax Dept.
The Museum is staffed by part-time and seasonal workers
and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Who are the
Friends of Tackapausha?
The mission of the FRIENDS OF TACKAPAUSHA,
Inc., is to assist the County of Nassau in providing environmental education
programming and activities at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve to the general
Join us by clicking here for our
member, than join our web group
Share messages, photos, and our program calendar.
Call the Museum at 516 571-7443 for more info
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