To examine the unfamiliar and step back in history, Queens residents need only travel to the Garvies Point Museum at Glen Cove.
This summer, besides enjoying the museum’s regular programming of nature classes and craft workshops, kids and adults can take a staycation to the area for Garvies Point Day on Aug. 2.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will hold nature-oriented programs such as a beach exploration walk, bird walks, butterfly gardens, movies and a live animal show, according to acting administrator Veronica Natale.
Garvies Point Day is held rain or shine, and admission is $5. All events but the beach exploration – which is scheduled around the tides – will be ongoing throughout the day, so visitors can easily pick and choose what they hope to attend.
Natale said that last year, around 300 people attended the event.
“[Garvies Point] can be geared to many different ages,” Natale added. “We just want to enrich people’s lives, and to give them an appreciation for what we have.”
Residents who are unable to attend Garvies Point Day can still make a trip out of a visit to the museum.
Programs such as wood exploration, beginner’s birding and Native American pottery classes are scheduled regularly throughout the summer, and can be tied in with a visit to the museum’s exhibits and the preserve outside.
“We have 62 acres and we’re right along Hempstead Harbor,” Natale said. “The site was chosen in the 60s for the geological features of the area,” which include unique formations such as exposed clay cliffs and Indian paint pots.
After checking out Garvies Point, visitors can extend their staycation by exploring other attractions in the area, which include Welwyn Preserve, the Glen Cove Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, and can spend a night in the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel if they are too tired for the drive home.
For more information on Garvies Point Museum, call (516) 571-8010 or visit www.garviespointmuseum.com.