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Natural Wonders with Ranger Eric

Natural Wonders with Ranger Eric

Natural Wonders with Ranger Eric

There is nothing CEED’s Ranger Eric Powers loves more than sharing his fascination about natural phenomena with people who want to connect with nature.  So we’re excited to announce our new monthly adventure, Natural Wonders with Ranger Eric.  Ranger Eric explains his goal, “I have planned topics, but I’m also keeping the option to adjust based on what’s going on in the woods around CEED. I hope it’s fun and interesting. I love to hear people say, ‘I didn’t know that!’”

The broad spectrum of topics starts with this month’s How Animals Survive the Winter.  Other topics may include maple sugaring, bats, Earth Day concepts, bugs and bees, plant evolution, and even rocks.

These walks are planned to be outside, so dress accordingly, and bring your sense of adventure. Register below.

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Project Funders Needed

Project Funders Needed

Project Funders Needed

In our continuing efforts to bring the Washington Lodge back to life as a community resource, we have three small, but critical, projects, and need just a little funding help to complete them.  If you can provide any part of this need, we will be extremely grateful.  Please contact Executive Director Sally Wellinger at sally@ceedli.org.  Thank you!

  1. Renovating Marine Hall as a second large room for public use.  The room needs ceiling repair, wall repair, floor cleaning and finishing, painting. Most of the work will be done by volunteers, but we need supplies, and some professional plaster work and electrical work.
  2. Installing a washer/dryer for CEED use and for use by our live-in caretaker, Ranger Eric Powers.  We have a suitable washer and dryer, and volunteer work to create a built-in space.  We need new electrical wiring as well as plumbing work to connect the appliances.
  3. Restoring a second bathroom for public use.  We need new sinks, toilet repair, and painting. Volunteers have already repaired the walls and floor, and will do all or most of the additional work.

CEED’s Buildings and Grounds Committee is always trying to do more for less by maximizing volunteer work and donations.  We believe we can complete all three of these important growth-related projects for just $2,500.  If you can help, please contact sally@ceedli.org.  Thanks!

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Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs

Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs

Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs

Vincent Simeone is an award-winning horticulturist, author, and lecturer whose mission is to help people garden with sustainability and beauty.  He knows how to use the many native flowering trees and shrubs, evergreens and groundcovers tha can provide ornamental benefits and function in the Long Island landscape.

Please visit Vincent’s website to learn more at vincentsimeone.com

And join us on Sunday, January 22 to learn how you can incorporate native plants into your landscaping to help attract local birds and pollinators.

When: Sunday, January 22, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: CEED, Washington Lodge, 287 South Country Road, Brookhaven, NY 11780

Cost: $25 per person or $40 if you would like a signed copy of Sustainable Gardens.

*Books will also be available at the event.

Questions about registration, please email info@ceedli.org or call 631-803-6780

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My Experience with CEED’s Birding Basics

My Experience with CEED’s Birding Basics

My Experience with CEED’s Birding Basics

I had the pleasure of taking CEED’s Birding Basics course, Introduction to Identifying Birds with Kate Kleinpeter and Ranger Eric Powers and here’s what I learned!

Katie and Eric taught us how to identify birds, how to use and choose field guides, and where to birdwatch.

We learned to first take a good look at the birds’ characteristics such as the silhouette, posture, bill shape, and feet. We learned about field guides and even apps on your phone that help you identify the birds you see. We went over all the places you can go birdwatching, such as nature preserves, state parks and even your own backyard!

After that, we grabbed binoculars and went for a walk on the CEED grounds. Eric and Kate did some bird calls and we spotted a brown creeper and a Carolina wren!

I learned so much about Birding and had a great time, I will be looking out for all the birds and other classes like this!

Monisha Rosenfeld

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Predicting a Great 2023 for CEED!

Predicting a Great 2023 for CEED!

Predicting a Great 2023 for CEED!

Predicting the future is never easy, and predicting the future for a mission-driven, donor-dependent nonprofit organization is more challenging yet. But all of us at CEED are really excited about the possibilities for 2023.

I predict it’s going to be a great year!

Just to hit some highlights, we’re at the point where we can really ramp up our program offerings for all ages. This will be our first full year of public use of the Washington Lodge. We have one large room, which we call Woodlands Hall, now in frequent use for meetings, workshops, programs for kids, etc. We hope to have the other main room, to be named Marine Hall, renovated in the next couple of months.

I predict that having the Lodge open to the public will be a game-changer!

For example, we’re working to increase the number of local children we connect to nature through school programs and field trips this year. Having the Washington Lodge available will make a big difference.

Our Spring and Summer Nature Experiences are about to begin registration, so be ready for that. We’re thinking about before- and after-care for families who need that. Let us know if you’re interested (info@ceedli.org).

For adults, we’ve begun an intro to birding course, and hope to continue to offer programs like that throughout the year. If there is something about nature you’d like to learn (trees, wildflowers, beach creatures … ), let us know. We’ll also be offering additional nature arts and crafts throughout the year. Again, if you have ideas, we’re open to suggestions. (info@ceedli.org)

This month also signals the start of Natural Wonders Series with Ranger Eric, a monthly walk with Ranger Eric Powers. I predict it will be a fun and fascinating chance to get into nature and share Eric’s passion for the plants and creatures that thrive on Long Island.

We also recently secured a large grant to begin planning a new future for the Washington Lodge that helps fulfills CEED’s mission: “… to connect our community to nature and science with creative use of discovery, art and education.” We need to secure matching funds (email sally@ceedli.org if you can help), but once we do, we hope to begin investigating the Lodge as a demonstration site for state-of-the-art solar power and waste disposal systems, to give just two examples.

If you aren’t already on our email list, be sure to join (ceedli.org/subscribe) so you’ll know about all our programs, festivals, and other events. We’re already planning for a repeat of our critically acclaimed Sculpture on the Trail event. We’re also working on an ongoing series of nature and science related lectures, discussions, and workshops, starting with Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs to Attract Pollinators and Birds with Vincent Simeone on Jan. 22.

If you want to be a part of CEED’s 2023, remember that we need and love volunteers, whether it’s for one-time projects, or regular hours. Possibilities include planting gardens, doing Social Media, taking photos, caring for our animals, building and painting projects, and a hundred other opportunities large and small.

I also encourage you to continue to support CEED with your generous donations whenever you can. Your support helps us create and offer new programs, offer more programs free of charge, increase accessibility of our programs to all, and restore the Washington Lodge.

I predict that however you get involved in CEED – as a participant, as a volunteer, or as a donor – you won’t be disappointed. Thank you!

Tom Pelletier, Chair of the Board

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