Marine Nature Study Area
Oceanside, Nassau County, Long Island, NY
Take the Sunrise Highway west from Meadowbrook Parkway; drive 1.9 miles and turn left onto Milburn Avenue south; drive 1.1 miles and turn right onto Atlantic Avenue west; drive 0.9 of a mile and turn left onto Waukena Avenue; drive 0.7 of a mile and turn left onto Park Drive; drive 0.3 of a mile to turn left onto Golf Drive; follow the signs through the development to the nature study area.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, year round. No admission charge.
salt marsh, pond, Bedell and Walls Point Creeks
Head southeast and cross over Walls Point Creek heading southwest to a pond; cross over the pond and then head south and then southeast to a large pond which you will loop around and return to the first pond; upon your return, turn left ((northwest) and then north, and finally east back to the Visitors' Center.
Visitors' Center, picnic tables, boardwalk, trails.
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry)
Prunus maritima (beach plum)
Rosa rugosa (wrinkled rose)
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Cakile edentula (sea rocket)
Spartina alterniflora (salt marsh hay cordgrass)
Spartina patens (salt meadow grass)