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Annual Dune Stabilization Project – “Dune Day”

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Begins at 10AM at the TOBAY Beach Dunes




The Dune Stabilization Project brings together residents of all ages in an effort to protect and preserve our beautiful shoreline and environment by planting stalks of dune grass at TOBAY Beach.  Dunes along our south shore continue to face environmentally damaging storms that have a significant impact on the beach.  Statistics indicate that the planting of dune grass provides a natural shield that is perfect for withstanding storm surges and high winds.


The Dune Stabilization Program, which began in 1989, is an immensely popular volunteer project for residents, as well as an important component of the Town’s beach preservation efforts. Dunes provide a natural barrier against storm surges and high winds during severe weather. Without dunes, waterfront property is at greater risk. Wildlife, such as shore birds, can lose essential habitat, and the coastline itself can be altered. The fragile nature and erodability of dunes makes the dune stabilization program critical because the grass helps stabilize and enlarge the dunes by catching blowing and drifting sand.


Volunteers can look forward to coffee, hot chocolate, light refreshments and generously donated clam chowder.


Oyster Bay Spring & Fall Harbor Cleanups

2021 Spring Harbor Cleanup– Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8AM

Satursday, October 2, 2021 at 8AM

Registration will be held at Theodore Roosevelt Beach, Oyster Bay


The Department of Environmental Resources hosts cleanup events with volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves (and, in some case, pants legs) to conduct a thorough cleanup of beaches and shoreline areas along Oyster Bay Harbor. The Town of Oyster Bay is proud to work alongside Friends of the Bay to sponsor these annual CleanUps. These programs benefit wildlife and plants by creating cleaner, trash-free habitats. They also serve to educate the volunteers involved with the cleanup about environmental responsibility and stewardship by giving them a firsthand view of the impact trash has on our waterways. There is no better education about the harm garbage causes marine life and boaters than by bagging it for several hours. The program also serves to benefit water beyond our bays and canals.


Annual Marine Education Day

Coming soon in 2021!

Our community plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the Town’s waterways and parkland. For those looking for volunteer opportunities to help preserve our natural resources, we urge you to contact the Department of Environmental Resources at 516-677-5943 or email us at



Community Advocacy Groups and Partnerships

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society:

Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor:

Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County:

Friends of the Bay:

Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee:

Long Island Shellfish Restoration Program:

Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District:

NY Marine Rescue Center:

NYS ReLeaf Committee:

Oyster Bay Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee: 

Save the Sound:

South Shore Blueway Trail:

South Shore Estuary Reserve:

The Nature Conservancy:

Tree City U.S.A.:


Nature Preserves located within the Town of Oyster Bay
J.F.K. Wildlife Sanctuary, TOBAY Beach
Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Oyster Bay
Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown
Bethpage State Park and Bike Trail, Bethpage
Massapequa Preserve, Massapequa
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay
Bailey Arboretum, Locust Valley
Shu Swamp Nature Preserve, Mill Neck
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, Oyster Bay