Events & Programs
Below are two lists of park programs and events for your enjoyment. Some events are sponsored by the Caumsett Foundation, others are run and paid for by the New York State Department of Parks Recreation and Historic Presevation. Some programs are free while others charge a small fee. Please read each description, as some programs require advance registration. NYS vehicle parking fees are in effect.
There is a State Parking fee of $8.00 per car or you can use an Empire Pass Card. For information on cancellation due to weather, please check our website the day of the event, or contact the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve office at 631-423-1770.
FOUNDATION SPONSORED EVENTS
All events are free to the public except member-only events and where noted.
For member-only activities, please present your membership card.
For hikes, Please wear comfortable walking shoes, long socks, and your choice of insect repellent. You can also bring water, snacks and a camera.
Foundation Programs 2020
All events are free to the public except where noted.
The NYS parking fee is $8 or you can use an Empire Pass Card. For the latest information on cancellation due to weather, please call the park at (631) 423-1770. For member-only activities, please present your membership card. For hikes, please wear comfortable walking shoes, long socks, and bring your choice of insect repellent. Pick up water and snacks at the new Café!
Annual Egg Hunt for Foundation Members (In Walled Garden) CANCELLED
Saturday, April 11th, 10:30am Rain or Shine
Members of the Caumsett Foundation and their families are invited to join us for our Annual Egg Hunt in the Walled Garden. Bring your basket and join in the fun! In addition to refreshments, crafts and a petting zoo, Mr. Bunny will be there for photo opportunities.
From Egg to Chick (grades K-6) CANCELLED
Saturday April 18th at 10:00am Rain or Shine
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension as you explore the life cycle of the chicken and learn how the chick embryo develops inside the egg. This engaging session bring science alive for students and includes interaction with chicks and hens.
Henry Lloyd Manor House and Daffodil Hill Hike (Meet at Kiosk) CANCELLED
Saturday, April 25th, 10am
Hike with Dawn Cleary on a visit to the beautiful and historic valley where Henry Lloyd’s Manor House, built in 1711, still stands today. Overlooking Lloyd Harbor and nestled on one side by daffodil hill, this spot is as picturesque and protected as it was when the Matinecock Native Americans resided here. Estimated time and distance: 2 hours/2miles.
I Love My Park Day (Meet at Kiosk)
Saturday, May 2nd, 9-11am
Join us in an activity to give back to the Park. We will be doing a beach clean-up and an invasive plant removal project in the restoration field. Details can be found on the NYS ILMPD website and participants should register with NYS Parks. See the link to register online at our website under programs.
Dairy Farm Lecture and Stroll (Meet at Kiosk)
Sunday, May 3rd, 10am Rain or Shine
Take a stroll with author John Barone and look inside Caumsett’s historic dairy barns and bottling plant. Learn about Caumsett Farm, its famous award winning cows and how they provided milk for the estate families and local Huntington residents.
Plein Air Painting with Howard Rose Rain or Shine
3 ½ Hour Classes beginning at 9:30am $25 per Class
Monday, May 4th- By the Water
Monday, May 11th- At the Mansion
Monday, June 1st - By the Dairy Barn
Monday, June 8th - In the Walled Garden
Popular painter and instructor, Howard Rose, will teach how to start a landscape painting in oil or acrylic going from major shapes to smaller shapes; reviewing simple mixing techniques using a limited palette; and discussing the 22 elements that go into creating a good painting. Weather permitting, we will paint outdoors or you can bring photographic references. Register for one or all four classes. Paint outdoors; weather permitting, on Caumsett’s lovely grounds. See our website for payment/registration and supply list. Classes limited to 15 students.
Seashore and Salt Marsh Hike (Meet at Kiosk)
Saturday, May 9th, 10am
Join Dawn Cleary on a two-mile hike of the seashore and over 60 acres of salt marsh at Caumsett. See breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound and stunning glacial deposits that amateur and professional rock hounds can enjoy equally. We will walk the shoreline and visit the salt marsh, tide permitting. Estimated time and distance: 3 hours/4 miles.
Nature Hike with Bill Monahan (Meet at Kiosk)
Saturday, May 16th, 10am
Join Bill Monahan, BOCES Director of Environmental Education Programs, as you hike Caumsett and learn about its history, important habitats and wildlife. Discover something new in the park.
Seed Propagation Workshop (Program in Classrooms) Rain or Shine
Sunday, May 17th, 10am
With instructor Lisa DeGuzman, propagate your own herbs from seed for your kitchen or outdoor garden. Learn how to care for herbs and harvest the seeds for use the next year. Fresh herbs add delightful flavor and fragrance to foods. You can’t get any fresher than snipping leaves and springs from your own homegrown plants right before meal preparation! All ages welcome. Supplies provided.
Funnyman Ellis Adler (Program in Walled Garden)
Saturday, May 30th, 10:00am Rain or Shine
See step by step how “The Funny Man” goes through the process of becoming a clown. And the children end up going to “clown school” to learn some basic concepts of clowning such as pretending, making funny movements, story telling, and most importantly making others laugh. Bring your own seating.
“Run for Caumsett” 5K Run/Walk (Check-in by Walled Garden)
Sunday, May 31st, 8am check-in, 9am race time.
Proactive Physical Therapy Inc. and the Caumsett Foundation present the 6th Annual 5K “Run for Caumsett” 5K in beautiful Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. Register at:
Nature at Night: Grades K-6 (Program begins in Classrooms)
Saturday, June 6th at 7-8:30pm Rain or Shine
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and participate in hands-on activities to discover the mysterious creatures that come out at night. Our resident nocturnal friends will accompany the educator in the classroom to allow students an interaction “up close and personal.” Followed by an evening stroll to see if you can spot some night creatures!
Photography Walk with Michael Fairchild (Meet at Kiosk)
Saturday, June 13th, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Walk with Michael through Caumsett and see the park through a professional photographer’s eyes. Get tips on taking beautiful shots. Michael has been a professional photographer since 1970. Wear hiking shoes and bring your camera!
Magic by Christ Homer (In Walled Garden)
Saturday, June 20th at 10:30am Rain or Shine
Chris started performing magic during his first few years of teaching and since then has presented many private shows for children and adults. Witness a variety of amazing magic tricks, many funny and unexpected things that unfold during the show. Bring your own seating, blankets or chairs.
Reiki Circle Under the Sun and Stars (In Walled Garden) Rain or Shine
Tuesdays, June 23rd, 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th at 6-7pm
Deflate and de-stress your day and join us for an evening of Reiki and Meditation. Reiki Master Teacher Constance Korol will provide a guided mediation as well as Reiki, energy work to relax and recharge the body. Bring a bolster, blanket, pillow and yoga mat and get ready to feel at peace.
Off the Beaten Path (Meet in Kiosk)
Sunday, June 28th, 10am
Join Dawn Cleary on a walk off the beaten path. And although the main loop offers a great introduction to the park, on this hike we will discover some of the less traveled established trails that are off the beaten path. You never know what wildlife we’ll discover in the beautiful forests and fields that abound here! Estimated time and distance: 2 hours/3 miles.
Yoga Thursdays (In Walled Garden) Rain or Shine
July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, August 6th, 13th, 20th at 6-7pm
Please join us for an extraordinary experience as instructor Lisa Kasper as she leads us through a rejuvenating hour of peaceful yoga and meditation in the lovely Walled Garden. This program is appropriate for all levels, including beginners. Please bring your own mat and water and wear comfortable clothing.
Caumsett Foundation's 23rd Annual Benefit
Summer Cottage Showhouse Opening Party
Saturday October 3, 2020
Join us for our Annual Benefit complete with dinner, cocktails and live music.
Summer Cottage Showhouse
Sunday, October 4th- Sunday November 15, 2020
To find out more information, please visit our showhouse website.
Please continue to check our website for our summer and fall events.
NYS SPONSORED EVENTS
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve offers the following series of summer interpretive programs. Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are geared for the average adult. An adult must accompany children under 18 years of age. Admission is $4.00, payable at the entrance booth. Because space is limited we cannot accommodate groups or organizations. Advance reservations are required.
To register, please call (631) 423 – 1770.
Programs will take place outdoors rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. In any weather we suggest long pants and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
History of Caumsett CANCELLED
Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park's social, economic, architectural, and political history.
Just a Hike (Center Section) CANCELLED
Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this moderately paced, five-mile walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity to relax, socialize, and enjoy the park's beauty.
While our main goals are leisurely observation of winter waterfowl and exploration of the beach, we'll also learn about ponds. During our moderately paced 4 mile walk to and from the water, we'll relax and socialize. Bring binoculars.
You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire, and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 18 will be permitted. There will be some sitting on the grass.
We'll maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett.