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There are many ways to learn about the salt marsh and get involved in caring for it.

 
The Salt Marsh Nature Center, seen from the nature trail that winds along the shore 
 (photo courtesy Randy Waesche)

Visit the Salt Marsh Nature Center! It is located at 3302 Avenue U in Brooklyn (E. 33rd St. and Avenue U). Click here for travel directions. The SMNC is open to the public from 11am to 5pm every day of the week except Wednesdays. Admission is always free.

Walk the one-mile loop trail that offers spectacular views of the shore and its waterfowl. The trail is open from dawn to dusk every day.

Check out the SMA Home Page for information on upcoming events at the SMNC.

An outdoor open-mike night draws crowds to the SMNC building (left)
and its beautiful views (right). (photos courtesy SMNC)

Volunteer! Volunteers are crucial to the Nature Center's operation. There are jobs for every skill level, and as long as you're over 18, you don't need any special qualifications beyond a desire to help. For example, you can get close to nature by helping to plant cordgrass and clear weeds, or you could simply man the reception desk and welcome visitors to the building. Volunteers also lead activities at the SMNC, including the popular Tai-Chi program, kids' storytime, and nature walks. If you have an idea for an activity, the SMNC staff would love to hear it.

Contact Nature Center Coordinator Kristy DiCario at 718-421-2021 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers serve refreshments at one of the SMNC's Saturday Nights Live! events
and celebrate Coney Island(right).
(photo courtesy SMNC)

Become a Member of the SMA! Membership is open to anyone. For a small contribution of $10 ($15 for a family membership), you can play a vital role in caring for the salt marsh so you and your neighbors will be able to enjoy it for a long time.

There are two ways to join:

1. Online: Click the "Donate" button and you will be taken to a secure online sign-up page, which will allow you to make a donation with a credit card. Please enter either $10 or $15 in the "amount" field, for a single or family membership, respectively. We do not collect personal information; see our Privacy Policy for details.

2. Offline: please print out our Membership Application and mail it, with a check for $10 ($15 if you want a family membership), to:

Salt Marsh Alliance
2966 Avenue U #103
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Donate! The Salt Marsh Alliance will gratefully accept donations of money, labor, materials, and services. Monetary donations should be sent to the address above (checks please, no cash), or you can make a secure online donation, of any amount, with your credit card by clicking this button. We do not collect personal information; see our Privacy Policy for details.

If you or your company would like to donate materials, services or labor, please contact Nature Center Coordinator Kristy DiCario via email or call her at 718-421-2021.

Your donations can help maintain the SMNC's natural beauty and educational displays.
In 2002, Rangers had to clean up this graffiti that defaced many of the trail signs (left)
and replant these butterfly bushes, which were ripped out of the ground by vandals (right).
(photo courtesy SMNC)

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