Register for CEED Nature Adventure Summer Camp 

Register for CEED Nature Adventure Summer Camp 

Go Beyond Basic Birding – Fields

Go Beyond Basic Birding – Fields

Go Beyond Basic Birding – Fields

Saturday, March 9, 2024 · 9am – 12pm EST

Join us to explore winter birds in a field habitat.

This three-hour workshop will advance our ability to find and identify birds. This is the last of a series of three and will take place at local Suffolk County Farm. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours to take a look at the local waterfowl here for the winter months.

Each workshop will begin indoors with a short classroom session. Then we head outdoors to explore a local Long Island ecosystem.

It is a great gift for the holidays!

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A Gift to CEED is a Gift to the Community

A Gift to CEED is a Gift to the Community

A Gift to CEED is a Gift to the Community

Dear Friend of CEED,

If you can… take a moment, sit down, take a deep breath, rest your eyes, and think of a calming location for 30 seconds. What did you see? Most likely, it was the beach, the forest, or the wind gently blowing a field of native plants. CEED’s mission is to connect you and our community to nature and science with creative use of discovery, art, and education. And to ensure these natural places are available for everyone now and in the future.

A donation to CEED is a way to express your desire to make the world a better place. It will be one that helps your community immediately, and at the same time helps the world and all its people in the long-term.

Helping nature and people in our community today

This year, we had 175 children in our Summer Program, including 14 scholarships. We offered 50 events, workshops, and presentations at CEED and have even more planned for 2024. Our Northern Bobwhite Quail program has shown success in that our quail have successfully overwintered in Brookhaven/ Bellport which gives us hope of re-establishing a wild population in the area. If you hiked the trails, you noticed new trail signage in the preserve and a wider cleaner North Trail. Last year, we opened the Woodlands Hall and just recently opened the Marine Hall, giving us two rooms for public programs and meetings.

Helping the world and all its people long-term

All our art and nature programs help to connect people to nature, which builds community and political will to protect the global environment long-term. All our programs for young people are helping to develop adults who care about our local and global environment. Our programs help create long lasting healthy effects on lives, families, and our communities.

It is important to restore the Washington Lodge with waste-water treatment and sustainable electrical systems that create less impact on the planet and show others how it can be done.

This was an exciting year of growth in all our programs at CEED, and all of this happened because of supporters, volunteers, and program participants. You are an important part of our family, and crucial to our future success.

And at this time of year, when many people make their largest gifts to organizations they care about most, I hope you’ll agree that a gift to help CEED thrive and continue to grow in 2024 is a perfect donation. Your contribution will help people and nature in our community today, with the potential of helping the global environment for the benefit of all the world’s people far into the future.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 before the end of the year! This will get us off to a great start in 2024. Any gift you send will help move us forward. All gifts to CEED are tax-deductible and will be greatly appreciated. Will you help?

Thank you!  With gratitude,

Sally A.Wellinger, Executive Director

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Annual Seed and Soil Sale

Annual Seed and Soil Sale

Annual Seed and Soil Sale

PREORDERS DUE BY SAT, MAR. 25 AT 10 AM

Improve your lawn and garden by preordering sustainable products in advance of our Annual Earth Day Seed & Soil Sale … and support CEED and the environment at the same time!

Our Seed & Soil Sale offers quality plant seed and products to improve your lawn and garden in a sustainable way.  Our soil treatments for your lawn and garden won’t pollute our precious groundwater, and will help to reduce harmful algal blooms in our rivers and bays by applying the right amount of nutrients without leading to runoff. But to ensure that you receive all the products you want for your lawn and garden, you must preorder in advance of our Seed & Soil Sale.

Orders must be received by March 25, 2023.  You can click below to order, or if you prefer to prepay by check, please email info@ceedli.org and we will email an order form to fill out.

You can order:

  • SOS Organic Compost Garden Fertilizer
  • Earth Science Worm Castings
  • Bumper Crop Soil Builder
  • Espoma Organic All Season Lawn Food
  • Summer of Sunflowers Seed Mix
  • Easy Salad Greens Seed Mix
  • Kitchen Herbs Seed Mix
  • Kid’s Garden Seed Mix
  • A Bee’s Garden Seed Mix
  • Garden Starter Seed Mix
  • Container Garden Seed Mix
  • Heirloom Vegetable Lovers Seed Mix

Orders and payment must be received by March 25, 2023 for guaranteed availability.  There may be limited supplies of compost available for purchase on April 22, but there is no guarantee.

Thank you for caring about our environment and supporting CEED!

Special thanks to SOS Compost, Bayport Flower House, and High Mowing Organic Seed Company for helping us pull this sale together, as well as our dedicated CEED Garden Volunteers.

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New Year Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements

New Year Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements

New Year Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements

In January, we started our annual Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements. Being the first year, selecting the perfect candidates was a challenge. CEED has so many dedicated volunteers.

Our Sea Star CEED Friend award went to AHRC, the Clean Team: Joey and ToniAnn.

Our Golden Holly CEED Festivities award goes to Eileen Dugan for her dedication with coordinating events.

Our Golden Maple Seed award went to 3 people this year, it was just too hard to narrow it down. These volunteers go are true pillars to CEED’s success. Dwayne Stephani, Michael Kaiser, and Barbara LaGois all really go above and beyond.

Lastly, our Silver Acorn Board award went to Tom Pelletier, our dedicated Board Chairperson.

We enjoyed good food and many laughs, it was a great evening all around!

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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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