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Programs and Events

Programs and Events

Weekend and Adult Programming

Our weekend programming is wide-ranging, with a general focus on the natural world and sustainability. Most weekend programs are family-friendly and geared towards all ages.
Adult programs, offered in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group and other community groups, are usually offered during evening hours. See Adult Programs


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Program fees are per person and include admission to indoor exhibits/Animal Museum. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Space is limited. Admittance closes 15 minutes after the start of the program. Events held rain or shine. No refunds.

APRIL

19 SAT 2PM AMAZING AMPHIBIANS – Join a naturalist to discover the slippery, slimy and cold blooded world of amphibians. This informative and hands-on program will have you meeting some local amphibians up close. Then we’ll head to our forests and pond to see what other amazing critters we can find! Members FREE, Non-members $8

20 SUN MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (EASTER)

26 SAT 11AM AND 1PM JILLY PUPPETS
It's time to celebrate spring with Jilly Puppets. Come sing, dance, play games and listen to stories with Jilly and her colorful, fantastical puppets! Recommended age: 11AM show ages 4 and under; 1PM show ages 4-7. Space is limited and shows usually sell out. Pre-register online. Members $7, Non-members $10
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Rain Barrel Workshop27 SUN 11AM-3:30PM EARTH DAY & ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION – Join us for an Earth Day Celebration where you can roll up your sleeves and make a difference! You will be able to build a rain barrel, learn about home composting, work on our trails, help prepare our gardens for spring plantings, and assist with in planting a tree, in recognition of Arbor Day, that will provide wildlife habitat, shade and beauty at the GNC for generations to come! The day’s activities are free and open to all!

Schedule:
All-day: Plastic Bag Mandala & Make-a-bag – BagItNYC will be showcasing their Plastic Bag Mandala, an on-going, migrating, interactive community art piece, and running a single-use plastic bag education table. Bring a single-use plastic bag to add to the Mandala and receive a re-usable tote bag in exchange. At the make-a-bag station your child will have the opportunity to decorate a re-usable bag for you to take home.
11AM: Rain Barrel Workshop – Groundwork Hudson Valley, Coca Cola and the GNC are teaming up to teach you how to re-purpose a Coca Cola syrup canister to capture fresh rainwater for use on your own property. Rain barrels can be purchased for $40 and taken home.*
12NOON–3PM: Trail Sweeping, Garden Sprucing – Help us give the GNC trails and property a good Spring Spruce-Up! Bring your work gloves and clothes that can get dirty.
1PM: Home Composting Class – Learn how you can use your kitchen scraps along with your yard waste to make valuable compost for your gardens. Earth Machine backyard composters will be available for purchase for $75, and can also be ordered and picked up in advance.*
2PM: This Book Was A Tree - *New Release! – Get your copied signed and enjoy a planting activity from the book led by local author Marcie Chambers Cuff. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
3PM: Tree Planting – Dig in and help us give a tree a good start on the GNC property!

* Supplies of Rain Barrels and Earth Machines are limited – Reserve your Rain Barrel and/or Earth Machine in advance. Order by phone: 914-813-1251 or ONLINE NOW. For more information, contact: Anne Jaffe Holmes, Director of Conservation Education, Greenburgh Nature Center ajaffeholmes@greenburghnaturecenter.org 914-813-1251.

27 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

MAY

3 SAT 2PM OPEN WIDE – Slither on over to the Nature Center and a naturalist to learn all about snakes and lizards during a lively hands-on (if you dare) presentation that is sure to engage and enlighten. Fun for the whole family. Members FREE, Non-members $8

4 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

4 SUN 2PM MEET THE ANIMALS – A naturalist presents an informative program that allows you to get up close and hands-on with some of the Nature Center's live animals! What wild fun will you have today? Members $5, Non-members $8

10 SAT 2PM INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY CELEBRATION – Come join our naturalist to learn about bird migration and get to know some of our local migrants. Did you know the Arctic Tern’s annual migration route covers over 25,000 miles - try that for your commute. Members $5, Non-members $8

11 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

11 SUN 2PM ANIMAL MOMS – We love moms, even the furry and four legged ones! Join us to celebrate Moms of all types. Visit with and learn about some of our animal mom’s and complete a mother’s day inspired craft. Members $5, Non-members $8

11 SUN 2-4PM EXHIBIT OPENING: AFTER THE COLD, COLORLESS WINTER – CHERRY BLOOMS BY REBECCA SINGER – Local photographer Rebecca Singer captures last year’s amazing spring blooms of the Cherry tree. These blooms only last a few days. Opening reception with refreshments. Viewing of art exhibit - FREE (Exhibit runs through June 30, 2014)

14 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30PM PROGRAM CHEESEBURGER WITH A SIDE OF CLIMATE CHANGE: THE GLOBAL IMPACTS OF WHAT WE CHOOSE TO EAT – Large scale meat and dairy production has a tremendous impact on our local and global environment, from intensive resource usage to climate change. The current corporate animal agricultural production model also raises animal welfare, public health, and environmental justice concerns. This program will discuss these issues and provide recommendations for environmentally-friendly food choices. Presenter: Elizabeth Bennett, Esq., Sheldon Lobel, P.C.; Vice Chair to the ABA Young Lawyers Div., Committee on Environmental, Energy, & Resources Law. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

CANCELLED - 17 SAT 11AM AND 1PM JILLY PUPPETS – It's time to celebrate spring with Jilly Puppets. Come sing, dance, play games and listen to stories with Jilly and her colorful, fantastical puppets! Recommended age: 11AM show ages 4 and under; 1PM show ages 4-7. Space is limited and shows usually sell out. Pre-register online. Members $7, Non-members $10

18 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

18 SUN 2PM MEET THE ANIMALS – A naturalist presents an informative program that allows you to get up close and hands-on with some of the Nature Center's live animals! What wild fun will you have today? Members $5, Non-members $8

24 SAT 2PM GEM HUNT – Think rocks are dull and boring? Think Again! Come discover the treasures of the earth as we learn about many notable and local gems and crystals. Hey, did you know that some rocks ‘glow in the dark’? Each participant gets a geode to take home. Members $7, Non-members $10

25 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

25 SUN 2PM BEAR-FOOT STORYTIME – Join a naturalist for storytime, based on our popular Wild Encounters Storytime held weekly on Monday afternoon. The hour program includes a story, live animals and a nature activity. Recommended for children ages 2-6. Members $5, Non-members $8

26 MON MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (MEMORIAL DAY)

31 SAT 2PM MUDDY SNEAKERS – This program is designed to introduce the wonders of the natural world. Put down the Legos and pick up a stick! Join along on this wild excursion through the Nature Center's woods, puddles and fields as we play in and with nature. Members $5, Non-members $8

JUNE

1 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

5 THUR 7PM PROGRAM 5 TOXIC EXPOSURES IN YOUR HOME – What they are, their health impacts, and how to reduce your family's exposure. This important information will be presented by Dr. Spaeth, Division Chief, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Department of Population Health, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

7 SAT 2PM FEEDING FUN – It is mealtime for our animals. Come see what’s on the menu and learn a bit about how we keep the critters healthy! Included with Museum Admission, FREE for Members!

8 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

8 SUN 2PM CREATURES OF WOODFROG POND – Join a naturalist to explore Woodfrog Pond. Starts indoors with a short introduction, featuring live animals, then walk to our pond and use a net to catch some of the creatures living there. Requires appropriate dress; limited enrollment. Members $5, Non-members $8

11 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30PM PROGRAM NATURE IN YOUR LANDSCAPE: BIRDS, BEES, BUTTERFLIES, BUGS & BATS – Before, during and after photos of a recent residential landscape project will be used to demonstrate the value of conserving and protecting our natural resources when designing your landscape. Increasing biodiversity and enriching wildlife habitat with an emphasis on plantings for pollinators will be featured. Practical design ideas will include: reducing lawn area, use of native plants and edibles, organic plant care, and vertical gardens. Our presenter, Jay Archer is the founder and primary designer of Green Jay Landscaping, a Go Green New York Landscape Design/Build & Maintenance company serving the region. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

14 SAT 2PM BIRDS OF PREY – Join a naturalist to see live birds of prey. Discover what makes these magnificent creatures the hunters of the sky. We’ll also visit the outdoor bird aviary to see the majestic Bald Eagles. Members FREE, Non-members $8

15 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

15 SUN 2PM WHAT'S THE BUZZ WITH HONEYBEES? – Bring Dad to learn about the busy life of a honeybee hive with a naturalist. Learn why and how these amazing creatures are critical players in our own lives and global economy. Also discussed will be the current threats faced by honeybees, and how what harms bees threatens us in turn. The program will include a taste test of some local honeys. Members $5, Non-members $8

22 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

22 SUN 4-7PM FARM TO TABLE DINNER AND WINE TASTING – Come join us at the Nature Center for our second annual Farm to Table dinner and wine tasting fundraiser. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal from a variety of local restaurants and bakeries that promote using locally grown products and provide seasonal fare. In addition, wineries from the Hudson Valley region will showcase their award winning wines. GNC’s natural setting provides a lovely backdrop for this special evening. Weather permitting, dinner will be served outdoors, at tables set up on the Great Lawn, so please dress comfortably and casually and wear practical shoes. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the Manor House. BOOK NOW

28 SAT THROUGH SUN, AUGUST 3 WALK AMONG LIVE BUTTERFLIES – Join us for our annual butterfly exhibit. The hoop structure housing the butterflies is located in our meadow, providing a more natural setting for both visitors and butterflies. In addition to colorful and fragrant flowering plants, you’ll be greeted by New York native butterflies. Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. The exhibit is appropriate for all ages and is FREE for members; Non-members $2 plus regular GNC admission fee. NOTE: See receptionist in Manor House to receive stamp prior to visiting the butterflies.

29 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (with support from Con Edison) - Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

29 SUN 1PM STORY WALK – Join us for our annual Story Walk. Naturalist John Mancuso leads you along our woodland trail to enjoy a favorite children’s storybook, entitled Opossum at Sycamore Road by Sally M. Walker. California Pizza Kitchen will be on hand with food and drinks to sample, bookmarks good for one free kid’s meal, activity sheets, and a raffle for a CPK $20 gift certificate. Recommended for children ages 8 and younger. FREE. Sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen.

The Greenburgh Nature Center's community weekend events, environmental forums,
public programs and nature education programs are supported,
in part, by Westchester County Parks and the Town of Greenburgh.

Westchester County Parks Town of Greenburgh Town of Greenburgh Parks and Recreation

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