Kidsday: A nature walk at Cedar Beach

One of our favorite things to do is to take the nature walk at Cedar Beach on Harbor Beach Road in Mount Sinai. It is located near the harbor between the beach and the dock. There are two trails on this nature walk. One leads to the beach and another trail leads to the fishing pier. The entrance of the nature walk is next to the basketball court and near the new restaurant, the Beach Hut.

The nature walk has many wildflowers and plants such as goldenrod, aster and sunflowers. If you are lucky you can see wild animals such as deer, foxes, birds or rabbits. If you follow one trail, at the end you will reach a nature center where you can learn about local wildlife. You can explore touch tanks filled with fish and other sea creatures as well as other hands-on activities. There is a covered pavilion where you can have lunch and a veranda where you can sit in the sun and enjoy the beautiful view of the sound.

The nature walk is also a good place to see many species of Long Island birds such as northern mockingbirds, song sparrows, herons and egrets.

The nature walk was made for people to jog, walk, or run on for exercise and to enjoy the natural surroundings. There are also benches to rest on during the long walk that have been donated by local residents.

We would really recommend you go to this particular nature walk for exercise and sightseeing. This is a wonderful place to go to and a great spot on Long Island. It is open to the public year-round. And going during the winter months is just as much fun -- just make sure you dress so you can stay warm.

So come on over to Mount Sinai to enjoy some fresh air and surround yourself in nature.

For details, go to brookhaven.org.


Now that's funny

A naughty child was irritating all the passengers on the flight from London to New York. At last one man could stand it no longer. "Hey kid," he shouted. "Why don't you go outside and play?"

-- Alexandra Molinelli

Knock, knock

Who's there?

Gorilla

Gorilla who?

Gorilla cheese sandwich for me and I'll be right over.

-- Matt Ahearn

Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide.

-- Katherine Garthe

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Sue Lutcha's sixth-grade class, NORTH COUNTRY ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL, Miller Place

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