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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

Download our Autumn 2014 Calendar

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.

November

22 SAT 2PM MIGRATE, HIBERNATE, OR ADAPT — The weather is getting colder and the days are becoming shorter. People adapt to warm houses and grocery store food, but what about the animals? Grab your coat and join us to meet some amazing animals and learn about their cold weather survival skills. Members $5, Nonmembers $8

23 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (With Generous 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 mushroom make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

23 SUN 2PM WHIRLING, TWIRLING, AND FALLING DOWN — When the leaves turn red, orange, brown, and gold we all become children, no matter how old! Join us for some raking, piling, and leaf pile jumping. Learn just what makes leaves turn colors in the fall, and what you can do with your leaves at home to make your yard blossom next spring. Each child makes special leaf art to take home and treasure. Members $5, Non-members $8

27 THUR MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (THANKSGIVING)

30 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (With Generous 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 mushroom make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

December

Model Train Show
6 SAT 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW
7 SUN 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW — Display of model trains, presented by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. Members FREE, Non-members: Adults $10 per person, Seniors $9 per person, Children 2 to 12 $8, Children under 2 free. Includes admission to all Manor House exhibits. Event held rain or shine. No refunds. Unicard and Westchester Parks Pass not accepted during special events. Sponsored in part by California Pizza Kitchen, Central Animal Hospital, Gymboree Play and Music, Houlihan-Lawrence Scarsdale, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasiums of Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, SavATree, ShopRite, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Venture Photography, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Town of Greenburgh, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, and Westchester County Parks.

7 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (With Generous 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 mushroom make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

10 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30PM PROGRAM — TEN WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS GORGEOUS, 'GREEN', AND GRACIOUS — GNC staff and Sierra Club members present their favorite traditions for celebrating the holidays, minus the fuss and waste -- not to mention saving money and reducing stress! Bring your own green holiday ideas to share! Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

Model Train Show
13 SAT 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW
14 SUN 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW— Display of model trains, presented by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. Members FREE, Non-members: Adults $10 per person, Seniors $9 per person, Children 2 to 12 $8, Children under 2 free. Includes admission to all Manor House exhibits. Event held rain or shine. No refunds. Unicard and Westchester Parks Pass not accepted during special events. Sponsored in part by California Pizza Kitchen, Central Animal Hospital, Gymboree Play and Music, Houlihan-Lawrence Scarsdale, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasiums of Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, SavATree, ShopRite, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Venture Photography, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Town of Greenburgh, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, and Westchester County Parks.

14 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (With Generous 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 mushroom make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

20 SAT 2PM CELEBRATING WINTER TREES AND WINTER ANIMALS — Learn how trees and animals not only survive, but thrive during the cold winter months. Enjoy a short woodlands nature walk and a visit from some winter-hardy critters! Members $5, Non-members $8

Model Train Show
20 SAT 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW
21 SUN 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW — Display of model trains, presented by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. Members FREE, Non-members: Adults $10 per person, Seniors $9 per person, Children 2 to 12 $8, Children under 2 free. Includes admission to all Manor House exhibits. Event held rain or shine. No refunds. Unicard and Westchester Parks Pass not accepted during special events. Sponsored in part by California Pizza Kitchen, Central Animal Hospital, Gymboree Play and Music, Houlihan-Lawrence Scarsdale, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasiums of Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, SavATree, ShopRite, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Venture Photography, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Town of Greenburgh, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, and Westchester County Parks.

21 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (With Generous 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 mushroom make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

21 SUN 2PM NATURE STORYTIME — Join us for a special storytime reading of "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Then meet some Nature Center animals and enjoy nature-themed crafts and activities. Members $5, Non-members $8

24 WED MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (CHRISTMAS EVE DAY)

25 THUR MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (CHRISTMAS DAY)

27 SAT 2PM MEET THE ANIMALS — Join us for 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

28 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (With Generous 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 mushroom make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

JANUARY

1 THUR MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (NEW YEAR'S DAY)

3 SAT 2PM NATURE IN THE NEW YEAR — Join a naturalist to observe nature in winter and meet some special animal friends along the way. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

4 SUN 2PM WINTER WILDLIFE — Come for an hour of fun as a naturalist introduces some favorite Nature Center animals. This entertaining and informative program allows visitors to hear, see, smell, and touch many of our fascinating, furry, feathered, and scaly friends. Recommended for ages 5 and over. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

4 SUN 6:30PM BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON — Experience the evening woods and trails as the animals do - in the dark! Join us for a short hike and along the way, we look and listen for the critters that move about at night! Pre-registration required. See website to register. Bring flashlights! Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

10 SAT 2PM FOREST MAGIC — Celebrate the magic of the forest as we scout the woods for fairies, trolls, and gnomes. Hear some mythical lore, build fairy and troll houses, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

11 SUN 1PM WINTER WALK — Bring your gloves and scarf to come explore with a naturalist. Take an easy walk to study winter life and learn what animals do to survive the cold. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

11 SUN 2-4PM EXHIBIT OPENING - MONICA MARROW: CREATION — "Creation” is a selection of artwork in which the artist illustrates her expressionist interpretation of nature. In this exhibition of photography, nature is captured in a traditional way as well as in an alternative photographic process. Reception with refreshment. FREE. Exhibit Runs through Sunday, March 8, 2015, and is included with regular admission.

14 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:3OPM PROGRAM - MOVING BEYOND THE AUTOMOBILE — How much time do you spend each day, in your car, caught in traffic? What would our cities and neighborhoods look like if driving cars was not our primary mode of transportation? How might air quality, noise levels, social interactions, and our health be affected if we did more walking, biking, and shared transit? This set of short films shows how cities all over the world are re-thinking transportation and re-structuring roads and transit systems to reduce how much time we spend in cars. Discussion to follow films. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

17 SAT 2PM NATURE SPIES — Put your skills to use as we explore the different signs that animals leave behind. Learn the basics of animal tracking and explore animal tracks, pelts, bones, and teeth. Along the way, we try to figure out what animals visit our trails. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

18 SUN 2PM FINDING AND FEEDING WINTER BIRDS — Join us on a winter walk to learn what birds in our area like to eat and where they find shelter. The walk includes a visit to the Birds of Prey Aviary and busy bird feeders, as well as a search for our more elusive feathered friends. FREE for members, Non-members $8/person

19 MON 11AM MEET THE ANIMALS — School is out! So drop-by and join us for 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/person, Non-members $8/person

24 SAT 6:30PM WHOOO’S THERE OWL PROWL — This fun and informative program has you meeting owls up-close, learning about their unique behaviors, and hiking at night through the forest while looking and listening for our nocturnal neighbors. Bring flashlights! Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

25 SUN 2PM BARE BONES — Have you ever read a skull? Bones can reveal secrets about the animal to which they once belonged. Discover how to read some 'Bone-a fide' animal bones. Get an up-close visit with some of our coolest predators and prey. Recommended for ages 5 and over. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

31 SAT 2PM FEEDING FUN — It is mealtime for our animals. Come see what's on the menu and learn how we keep the critters healthy! Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

FEBRUARY

1 SUN 2PM ANIMAL ATHLETES — Can you jump as far as a frog, hold your breath longer than a turtle, or out-stare a snake? Come learn about some of the most amazing athletes in the world. Meet some of our local animal athletes and then put your own athletic prowess to the test. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

7 SAT 9AM HUDSON RIVER EAGLEFEST — GNC is partnering with Teatown Lake Reservation and other environmental organizations in a daylong program that celebrates the Bald Eagles' return to the Hudson River and other waterways of the Hudson Valley. The day includes birds of prey shows, children's activities, environmental exhibits, and more. Activities take place at Croton Point Park, with a shuttle bus leaving from there and traveling to other eagle viewing sites along the river. For tickets and more information go to www.teatown.org, or call 914-762-2912, ext. 110. Bring binoculars.

8 SUN 2PM WINTER WILDLIFE — Come for an hour of fun as a naturalist introduces some favorite Nature Center animals. This entertaining and informative program allows visitors to hear, see, smell, and touch many of our fascinating, furry, feathered, and scaly friends. Recommended for ages 5 and over. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

11 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:3OPM PROGRAM THE GREAT ATLANTIC GARBAGE PATCH: WHAT IS IT? HOW DID IT GET THERE? WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? - A plastic bag blows into the Bronx River, and washes into the Long Island Sound—so the story begins. But where does it end, and what’s the impact? Follow the story of the plastic bag as it moves through our neighborhoods and into our oceans. Learn how our garbage is collecting in our oceans, and why a “plastic gyre is dire” not just for fish and sea birds, but for humans as well. Short informational video followed by presentation about the great ocean garbage patches. 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 LOVE IS IN THE AIR (AND IN THE DIRT AND WATER) — Hearts and flowers are nice but don't forget the cockroaches, tarantulas, snakes, and worms! Bring your little valentine and learn about what we really love. Be prepared to open your heart to some slime and dirt. Hey, we are naturalists, it's what we love! Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

15 SUN 2PM CHINESE YEAR OF THE SHEEP — Get an early start celebrating the Chinese New Year! Come meet our resident sheep and goats, and learn about our clever and wooly friends. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

21 SAT 2PM FINDING AND FEEDING WINTER BIRDS — Join us on a winter walk to learn what birds in our area like to eat and where they find shelter. The walk includes a visit to the Birds of Prey Aviary and busy bird feeders, as well as a search for our more elusive feathered friends. FREE for members, Non-members $8/person

22 SUN 2PM MAPLE SUGARING AT HOME — Come learn the simple steps of how to make your own maple syrup. Dress for outdoors. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

28 SAT 11AM GEM HUNT I AGES 5-7 — 2PM GEM HUNT II AGES 8 & OLDER — Think rocks are dull and boring? Think again! Discover the treasures of the earth while learning about local gems and crystals. Each participant receives a geode to take home. Note ages for each session. Members $8/person, Non-members $12/person

MARCH

1 SUN 2PM NATURE STORYTIME — Let your imagination run wild with this fun nature-themed storytime. Be engaged with a story, meet a live animal, and have fun with a nature activity. Recommended for ages 3-6. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

8 SUN 11AM-3PM MAPLE SUGARING PARTY — Celebrate the emergence of spring! Visit our barnyard, join a naturalist to discover signs of spring throughout our property, make seasonal crafts, play games, and search for eggs in a nature-inspired egg hunt. Egg hunt and other fun activities run continuously throughout the day. Refreshments available for purchase, by ShopRite Scarsdale, who generously donates all proceeds to the GNC. For discounted rate, pre-register and pre-pay online only by Saturday, March 28. See website for link. Early registration rates: Members $5/person, Non-members $10/person. Children under 2 FREE. Day of event rates: Members $8/person, Non-members $15/person. Children under 2 FREE. Event held Rain or Shine. No Refunds. Unicard and Westchester County Parks Pass not valid during special events. Sponsored in part by: California Pizza Kitchen, Gymboree Play & Music, Jake’s WayBack Burger, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasium of Scarsdale & Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, ShopRite Scarsdale, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Whole Foods Westchester, WHUD, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, Town of Greenburgh, and Westchester County Parks. BOOK NOW coming soon

11 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:3OPM PROGRAM LOCAL BIRDS: WHAT THEY ARE, THE PROBLEMS THEY FACE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO — The common, and not so common birds in our area are introduced, along with the best places to see these birds in Westchester County. The program includes a presentation and discussion about the kinds of problems these birds face. Actions that we can do to help these birds are discussed. 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 WILD MOSAICS — Feeling creative? Come make your own 'WILD' mosaic using natural materials. Let nature be your guide and see what type of masterpiece you can create. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

15 SUN 2PM WINTER WATER — Is there any life in a pond during the winter? Join us on an easy hike to our pond to explore if, and what, is going on beneath the surface. You might just be surprised! Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

21 SAT 2PM BACKYARD NATURE — Celebrate the arrival of Spring and get out and explore! No need to travel far to find amazing wildlife. Join a naturalist as we search the Nature Center's backyard for critters and more. Foster your child's curiosity for natural discovery. FREE for members, Non-Members $8/person

22 SUN 2PM NATURAL FUN AND FITNESS — Come jump, climb, and swing your way through our fields and forests. Have fun on a naturalist -led exercise course that will have you learning, laughing, and meeting some 'wild' friends. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

29 SUN 11AM-3PM SPRING CELEBRATION AND EGG HUNTS — Celebrate the emergence of spring! Visit our barnyard, join a naturalist to discover signs of spring throughout our property, make seasonal crafts, play games, and search for eggs in a nature-inspired egg hunt. Egg hunt and other fun activities run continuously throughout the day. Refreshments available for purchase, by ShopRite Scarsdale, who generously donates all proceeds to the GNC. For discounted rate, pre-register and pre-pay online only by Saturday, March 28. See website for link. Early registration rates: Members $5/person, Non-members $10/person. Children under 2 FREE. Day of event rates: Members $8/person, Non-members $15/person. Children under 2 FREE. Event held Rain or Shine. No Refunds. Unicard and Westchester County Parks Pass not valid during special events. Sponsored in part by: California Pizza Kitchen, Gymboree Play & Music, Jake’s WayBack Burger, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasium of Scarsdale & Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, ShopRite Scarsdale, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Whole Foods Westchester, WHUD, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, Town of Greenburgh, and Westchester County Parks. BOOK NOW coming soon

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public programs and nature education programs are supported,
in part, by Westchester County Parks and the Town of Greenburgh.

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