In the middle of densely populated Seaford on the South Shore is a historic and beautiful 84-acre sanctuary of oak forests, ponds and streams, small mammals, and scores of bird species, all of which can viewed via five miles of clearly marked trails at Nassau County’s Natural History Museum. The Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, established in 1965, has been enjoyed by generations of Long Islanders. The Friends of Tackapausha, Inc. is dedicated to assist the County of Nassau so that the museum and preserve can be enjoyed by future generations.

The Tackapausha Preserve is an 84-acre tract of glacial outwash plain that serves as a wildlife sanctuary. It consists of wet, deciduous woods, swamps, streams and ponds, and a small well-drained grassy area reminiscent of the Hempstead Plains. A variety of small mammals and 170 species of birds have been observed at the preserve in the spring. Bordered by Merrick Road to the south and Jerusalem Avenue to the north, the preserve is a jewel of green space offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a physically and spiritually invigorating hike in a convenient and accessible location.

In addition, on the grounds is a 3,000-square-foot museum and auditorium. The museum contains displays of the varied natural habitats and ecology of Long Island. It also houses live animal exhibits and provides shows and interactive activities for children.

The preserve itself consists of three sections divided by major roads with trails that meander through each part. In the southern section, between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway, the preserve is host to the largest Atlantic white cedar “stand,” or grouping of trees, in Nassau County. This is located in a swamp just north of Tackapausha Pond near Merrick Road. In the central section, between Sunrise Highway and Clark Avenue, a small, secluded pond draws waterfowl and amphibians. The northern section, between Clark and Jerusalem avenues, includes a small wetland.

Bird-watchers, with lawn chairs in tow, often hike the trails, seeking out species commonly found at the preserve, including the ruby-throated humming bird, song birds, and a variety of water fowl. More than 170 bird species have been identified within the preserve, along with other animals such as raccoons, muskrats, gray squirrels, opossum and turtles.

In August 2010, the museum was closed for a $300,000 renovation. Prior to its re-opening on April 21, 2012, the Friends of Tackapausha was formed by local residents and environmentalists to assist the staff at the museum with programs and fund raising. The group was incorporated on May 1, 2012 and received our 501c3 status from the IRS on January 31, 2013. We are also registered with the NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau & the NYS Tax Dept.

Friends of Tackapausha
P.O. Box 2251
Seaford, NY 11783
Tackapausha Museum & Preserve
2225 Washington Avenue
Seaford, NY 11783
Open Thursday through Sunday
11 am - 4 pm