April 26, 2024

Conscience Point Nature Walk- Southampton

Conscience Point Nature Walk- Southampton

Since 2024

In New York, US


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Welcome to Project R.I.S.E., Peconic Baykeeper’s  community science initiative to document long-term climate impacts and coastal change in the Peconic Estuary Watershed. Please help support this project by submitting your photos each time you visit this site!

In 1640, Southampton’s first settlers arrived in North Sea Harbor and upon reaching shore at this spot, one of them is said to have exclaimed: “For conscience sake, we’re on dry land.” An important whaling village called Feversham was quickly developed nearby and became the third largest port in the colonies during the 17th century, which disappeared 100 years later. In 1910, the Southampton History Museum  acquired the site. Visitors to this peaceful waterfront area can find a 20-ton boulder commemorating Southampton’s founding by following a nature trail that boasts a rich variety of native shore plants and a host of birds. Sharing a parking lot with the area is the volunteer run Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery which supplies over 1 million oyster seeds to nearby bays.

About Peconic Baykeeper

Peconic Baykeeper is a not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to protecting and restoring Long Island's drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters. Established in 1998 as Long Island's clean water advocate, Peconic Baykeeper uses science, education, and law to defend critical watersheds from the tips of the Twin Forks through the Great South Bay.

Project R.I.S.E. (Recording Inundation Surrounding the Estuary), is Peconic Baykeeper's community science and outreach initiative to help document long-term climate impacts and coastal change in the Peconic Estuary Watershed. This is one of fifteen current sites selected for this project with funding support from the Peconic Estuary Partnership. Learn more about Project  RISE and our other programs here!


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