Fishers Island, New York

Morning Program 2020
This summer’s free online Morning Program has concluded, but all the content is still available to everyone. No registration needed.

Click here to visit the 2020 Morning Program website 

Summer Events

July 13-17

Mural Painting time with IPP 

Thanks for your help making the mural for the library, and learning about FI seagrass!

July 20-24
Pirates of Fishers Island

We revisited some of the songs and stories of the Pirates of Fishers Island, who were featured in the last two years' Morning Program drama productions. 


2020 Morning Program

Dear Morning Program Families,

As you know, this was the last week for live sessions in the IPP Morning Program.  

The counselors and I had a lot of fun presenting the Program this summer.  If your children did not get to take advantage of the program, you will be happy to hear that the website is now available to the public with all of the projects, activities, games, stories, and songs.  No registration is needed.


You can find the 2020 Morning Program site here
The site will remain accessible until early September.


I look forward to next summer when I hope we can all be together again!





Bonnie Benkard

Director of Morning Program

Island People's Project

Morning Program Week Four:

July 20-24


During Pirate week, we revisited some of the songs and stories of the Pirates of Fishers Island, who were featured in the last two years' Morning Program drama productions.  We also learned to move like a pirate, talk like a pirate, and looked at our very special island like the pirates did when they searched for treasure here!

Morning Program Week Three:

Paint with IPP!

Monday 7/13 to Thursday 7/16


We painted a mural for the Airport and learned
about the Seagrass of Fishers Island.

  • Cohorts only 

  • Each cohort group may be 5 people or fewer.

  • 20-minute slots between 3:00-5:00 pm

  • Gloves, paint and disposable brushes provided.

  • Participants must wear a mask.

This project was open to the Island.

One did not have to be part of
the Morning Program to participate

Morning Program Week Three:

Beasts of Fishers Island


We learned about oysters, had a presentation from the FI Seagrass Management Coalition, and talked about the animals we see in our yards and on our beaches at Fishers Island, and what they do here.  We learned about the whale that recently washed up on South Beach, and tried to find out why that happens periodically.


About IPP

The Island People’s Project was founded in 1967 as an educational day camp that met on the baseball field. Its principal mission was to unite year-round residents with the summer community. 

Today, 53 years later, thanks to your ongoing support IPP continues to run The Morning Program, the island’s only summer day program for all our children. Furthermore, thanks to your generosity, over the years we have been able to broaden our work.


With your help, today IPP is responsible for the care and oversight of Dock Beach and the baseball field, family-friendly holiday events such as the Fishers Island’s Fife & Drum July 4th Parade, the Halloween parade, and Easter celebration as well as the July and August Craft Fair, F.I. seniors’ dinner & cultural outings, and the House & Garden Tour.

Board Members

Jessica Doyle 

President & Annual Appeal


Meg Atkin 

Seasonal Events, Dock Beach

Margaret Benkard

Secretary, Design & Communications 


Philip Colbran

Legal Counsel

Chris Dollar

Arts & Crafts Fair

Tom Doyen

Ball Field

Polly Heeney

Treasurer, Senior outings

Courtney MacDonald

CPR training coordinator

Arabella Meyer

Wendy O’Neil

Dock beach

Elisabeth Parker

House and Garden tour 2020

Alex Pollack

House and Garden tour 2020

Bailey Sperry

Morning Program registration

Give to IPP

Please help support our programs and upkeep of our island's public gathering places, the ball field, and dock beach.  Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated.

Donating via PayPal through this site will be available soon. 


Island People's Project
455 Central Ave, Box 523,
Fishers Island, NY 06390


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