LIBS Field Trips July – September 2017


July 22, 2017 (Saturday) 10:00 AM (Co-listed with the Torrey Botanical Society)

Pacama Vly

Krumville, Ulster County, NY

“Joint Field Meeting with the Olive Natural Heritage Society”

Trip Leaders: Uli Lorimer and Paul Harwood


For further information on this trip please go to the Torrey Botanical Society website at


August 12, 2017 (Saturday) 10:00 AM

Calverton & Manorville sites: sandy roadsides, abandoned cranberry farms, and coastal plain ponds

Suffolk County, NY

Trip Leader: Eric Lamont



We will see a variety of plants native to dry, sandy soils as well as wetland species including carnivorous plants and maybe an orchid or two.  We will visit one or two coastal plain ponds but high water levels from this year’s wet spring may limit the number of species.


Meeting Place:  Meet at the McDonald’s, exit 70 on the LIE (495).  Take Route 111 south ¼ mile to the McDonald’s and we will proceed to the first site.

Bring water, lunch/snack, insect repellent and sunscreen.  The only bathroom facilities at lunch are the bushes.  For more information or to register for the walk please contact Eric by email the week before the walk.  Please contact Eric by email if torrential rain showers are predicted.  For the day of the field trip, Eric’s cell phone number is 631-235-7641.


September 9, 2017 (Saturday) 9:00 AM – 3PM (Co-sponsored by NYFA & LIBS)

Jones Beach State Park

Nassau County, NY

“Beach Botany at Jones Beach”

Trip Leaders: Steve Young and Mike Feder


Long Island’s beaches have a flora unique to the state, and what better place to learn it than the most famous beach in New York.  Jones Beach has a diversity of habitats from the open beach with rare plants like seabeach amaranth and seabeach knotweed, to dunes, back dunes, and interdunal swales where a wide variety of herbs, shrubs and trees, common and rare, survive at the mercy of the shifting sands.  Join leaders Steve Young from the NY Flora Association and Mike Feder from the Long Island Botanical Society for a look at this interesting ecosystem.

Please bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and insect repellent.


If you plan to attend and for trip details, contact Steve Young at 518-588-8360 or nyflora1@


September 24, 2017 (Sunday) 10 AM (Co-listed with the Torrey Botanical Society)

Mount Loretto Unique Area

Staten Island, NY

Trip Leaders: Ray Matarazzo and Will Lenihan

For further information on this trip please go to the Torrey Botanical Society website at


September 30, 2017 (Saturday) 10AM (Co-sponsored by LINPI, LIBS &Torrey Botanical Society)

TNC Mashomack Grassland

Shelter Island, Suffolk County, NY

The Nature Conservancy Visitor Center 79 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY

Trip Leaders:

Clara Holm, LINPI Board Member and Seed Collection Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank, Green Belt Native Plant Center, Staten Island, NY

Uli Lorimer, Torrey Botanical Society and Native Plant Curator, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY


The Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Long Island Botanical Society, and Torrey Botanical Society are teaming up to host a fall botanical hike through the grasslands at The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve.  The day's botanical journey will begin at the Visitor Center and will traverse a wide diversity of coastal and upland ecological communities en-route to the extensive grasslands within the core of the preserve.  Fall is the perfect opportunity to examine, experience, and botanize the unique grassland-dependent flora, as the native grasses and herbs will be at peak bloom, exemplifying the splendor and beautiful vistas of Mashomack’s grasslands. Fall migration may also provide the opportunity to catch glimpses of more uncommon wildlife during this stroll through one of the region’s most beautiful preserves.   


Please bring lunch, sunscreen, tick/insect repellent, water and wear long pants and sturdy footwear.  Please provide yourself extra time for travel by ferry.


To register, please visit:

Note that registration is required and limited, so register early!

Directions: From South Ferry, Greenport: Take Route 114 North for 1 mile to The Nature Conservancy Visitor Center (right hand side of road).

From North Ferry, Noyak:  Take Summerfield Place (0.1 mile) off the ferry, turn right on Grand Ave S. (0.3 mile), and left onto Chase Ave. S. (0.1 mile) through Shelter Island Heights, which will naturally transition into Rt. 114S.  Stay on Rt. 114S (North Ferry Rd), traveling through Village of Shelter Island to small traffic circle. Take the third exit off the traffic circle, staying on Route 114S. (South Ferry Road). The Nature Conservancy Visitor Center (79 South Ferry Road) will be 0.4 mile south of traffic circle on the left side of the road.