Education is a core part of the North Shore Land Alliance’s mission and is integral to helping community members understand the benefits associated with the preservation of Long Island’s land and waters and the important role land conservation plays in ensuring a healthy quality of life.

It is particularly important in these days and times that people understand the benefits of and timely need to preserve and protect our lands and waters. Without natural, undeveloped areas our community wouldn’t have the ability to recharge underground aquifers so critical to the quality and quantity of our drinking water. Without farmland we wouldn’t have access to healthy local food and much, much more.

Throughout the year, the Land Alliance organizes a series of educational activities and programs that help people better understand the important role land conservation plays in a healthy environment.

Our programs include:

The Walks in the Woods program, which began in 2007, is designed to connect more people with nature while educating them about the importance of protecting and maintaining these natural habitats, which provide shelter and food for a variety of animal and plant species. Lead by expert volunteers, attendees have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll at a local nature preserve or park to explore the natural habitats.  Click here to learn more about our Walks in the Woods.

The Long Island Water Education Programming, which began fall of 2014, educates students about Long Island’s water – namely, the sole source aquifer that provides our drinking water and the streams, wetlands, bays and Sound that make Long Island such a desirable place to live. The program uses interactive lessons to demonstrate the connection between protecting land and water and engage students in their stewardship. Click here to learn more about the Long Island Water Education Program.

Lectures, seminars, documentaries and presentations or panels are designed to educate the public about topics relevant to Long Island’s lands, waters, local food source and natural habitats. Here is a sampling of activities:

Past Seminars Activities:

  • The Great Healthy Yard Project, featuring Diane Lewis, October 24, 2015 (Read more)
  • Long Island Food Conference, featuring Stephen Ritz, April 25, 2015 (Read more)
  • New York Lecture, featuring Jeremy Oppenheim, April 8, 2015 (Read more)
  • Water Quality Symposium for Elected Officials, October 7, 2014 (Read more)
  • Water Blue, Green Solutions documentary, August 27, 2014
  • Orchids Among Us! featuring Dave Taft, May 15, 2014 (Read pg. 22 of our Conservation News)
  • Water: Vital and Vulnerable-The State of Our Drinking Water, October 30, 2013
  • Small Farm Summit, featuring Will Allen and Chef Ann Cooper, April 14, 2012
  • Small Farm Summit, featuring Joel Salatin, April 15, 2011
  • Richard Louv, keynote at Long Island Nature Collaborative for Kids Regional Conference, March 12, 2009
  • Cowboys, Spacemen, and Where Do We Go From Here? featuring George Hawkins, March 13, 2008
  • Building Stronger Local Laws to Protect Your Community featuring Sean Nolon, May 1, 2007

For more information about our educational programs, please contact the North Shore Land Alliance at 516-922-1028 or [email protected].