Monday, July 4, 2011

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

Celebrating Natural History on the North Shore of Long Island

Red shale on glacial outlier on the shoreline at Garvies Point.
Photo by Robert Brinkmann, July, 2011.
One of the great aspects of sustainability is the preservation and appreciation of natural landscapes.  In the tradition of Muir and Pinchot, one finds the delightful Garvies Point Museum and Preserve on the north shore of Long Island.  It certainly is more in line with the musings of Pinchot, but Muir would be pleased with the preservation of the forests.

The museum contains venerable exhibits on geologic history, mineralogy, archaeology, and other aspects of natural history.  However, it is the grounds of this site that make the visit a standout.  There are 62 acres to expore.  The landscape ranges from upland moraine to coastal with upland and coastal wetland features present. 

Beach at Garvies Point.
Photo by Robert Brinkmann, July, 2011.
For me, the standout of the visit was the presence of local bedrock (iron-rich shale) and moraine sediments along the shoreline walk.  Of course, the upland forests were rich with wonderful native vegetation.    It is worth a visit if you are in the Glen Cove, New York area..

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