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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 ProgramsDownload our Winter 2015 Calendar

programs information 

APRIL

4 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
4 SAT 1PM MEET THE ANIMALS — Join the herd as 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/person, Non-Members $8/person

5 SUN MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (EASTER)

Free Energy for All Program8 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30PM PROGRAM FREE ENERGY FOR ALL: A LOCAL FAMILY SAVES BY GOING SOLAR — Most months, GNC Naturalist John Mancuso and his family of five pay nothing for electricity, since they installed solar panels on their roof three years ago. Come hear the Mancuso family's story and learn how you can generate energy on your own property, free from the sun! Lee Streisfeld-Leitner of Sunrise Solar gives a basic primer on the requirements and financing of residential solar installations. Presentation followed by Q & A. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

11 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
11 SAT 1PM FEEDING FUN — It's mealtime for our animals! Come see what's on the menu and learn how we keep our critters healthy. FREE for members, Non-Members $8/person

12 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
12 SUN 1PM OPEN WIDE — Slither on over and join 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 all ages. Fun for the whole family. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

18 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
18 SAT 1PM SIGNS OF SPRING — Hibernation is over and spring is here! Explore our trails with a naturalist and see who is awake after a long winter nap. Hear a short story and meet some live animals to learn how we welcome spring at the Nature Center. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

Earth Day Arbor Day Banner19 SUN 11AM-4PM EARTH DAY & ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION — Join us for an Earth Day Celebration where you can roll up your sleeves and make a difference! Learn how to gather fresh rainwater for your gardens and turn your food scraps and garden waste into rich compost that will build up your soil! Join us as we plant a tree in recognition of Arbor Day. Enjoy sun-powered music and a solar cooking demonstration by Solar Punch. Other family-friendly activities include making your own seed garden and personalizing a re-usable bag. Refreshments are available for purchase courtesy of Lange's of Scarsdale. No fee for entrance; some activities do require a small fee. See schedule and list of activities. Note: Pre-order and pre-payment required to buy a composter or rain barrel. Pick up will be on the day of the event. Astrum Solar, Bartlett Tree Experts, Biosphere, California Pizza Kitchen, Green Mountain Energy, Gymboree Play & Music, Lange's of Scarsdale, Macaroni Kid, NEA Federal Credit Union, ShopRite Scarsdale, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Spingreen, Sunrise Solar Solutions LLC, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Yard2Kitchen, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, Town of Greenburgh, and Westchester County Parks Schedule of ActivitiesPRE-ORDER a composter or rain barrel.

25 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
25 SAT 1PM NATURE ART — Explore the beauty around us! From flowers to rocks, join a naturalist on a hike to explore nature’s wonders. Using natural materials, create your own piece of beauty to take home and admire. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

26 SUN 11AM GEM HUNT I (Ages 5-7)
26 SUN 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
26 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

MAY

2 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
2 SAT 1PM NATURE SPIES — Put your skills to use as we discover the different signs that animals leave behind. Learn the basics of animal tracking and explore tracks, pelts, bones, and teeth! Along the way, we try to figure out which animals have visited our trails. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

3 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
3 SUN 1PM NATURE STORYTIME — Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed storytime. Hear 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

9 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
9 SAT 1PM INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY CELEBRATION — Come join our naturalist to learn about Birds of Prey 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/person, Non-Members $8/person

10 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
10 SUN 1PM ANIMAL MOMS — We love moms, even the furry and four-legged ones! Join us to celebrate all moms on this special day. Visit with and learn about some of our animal moms and complete a Mother’s Day inspired craft. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

Local Birds Program13 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30PM PROGRAM LOCAL BIRDS: WHAT THEY ARE, THE PROBLEMS THEY FACE, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO — Meet the common and not-so-common birds in our area, along with the best places in Westchester County to see these birds. The program includes a presentation and discussion about problems these birds face and actions we can do to help these birds. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

16 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
16 SAT 1PM MUDDY SNEAKERS — Discover the wonders of the natural world. Put down the Legos and pick up a stick! Enjoy a wild excursion through our woods, puddles, and fields as we play in and with nature. Great for all ages. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

17 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
17 SUN 1PM AMAZING AMPHIBIANS — Join a naturalist to discover the slippery, slimy, and cold-blooded world of amphibians. This informative and hands-on program lets you meet some local amphibians up close. Then walk in our forest and to our pond to see what other amazing critters live there too! FREE for members, Non-Members $8/person

23 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
23 SAT 1PM TROLLS AND TIARAS — 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

24 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
24 SUN 1PM NATURE STORYTIME — Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed storytime. Hear 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

25 MON MANOR HOUSE CLOSED (MEMORIAL DAY)

30 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
30 SAT 1PM MEET THE ANIMALS — Join the herd as 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/person, Non-Members $8/person

31 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
31 SUN 1PM 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 are inspired to create. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

JUNE

6 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
6 SAT 1PM DON'T BUG ME — Scuttle on over and explore the fascinating world of insects on the Nature Center's grounds. Then get as close as you dare as a naturalist introduces some of our six-and eight-legged friends. Ages 4 and up. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

7 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
7 SUN 2PM OPEN WIDE — Slither on over and join 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 all ages. Fun for the whole family. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

An Evening Stroll in Our New Native Wildflower Meadow10 WED 7 PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30PM PROGRAM AN EVENING STROLL IN OUR NEW NATIVE WILDFLOWER MEADOW — Come on a tour of our Native Wildflower Meadow and learn about the native grasses and flowering plants that attract songbirds and butterflies to this amazing new space at the GNC. Hear how the meadow was restored and gather ideas for bringing birds and butterflies to your own yard. Cathy Ludden, President of the GNC Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, and an expert in native plants of the Northeastern United States, leads a discussion and Q&A. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE.

13 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
13 SAT 1PM MEET THE ANIMALS — Join the herd as 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/person, Non-Members $8/person

Farm to Table 40th Anniversary Special14 SUN 4-7PM FARM TO TABLE
Adults: Celebrate the summer's bounty at our 3RD ANNUAL FARM TO TABLE DINNER AND WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER. Enjoy delicious samplings from a variety of Hudson Valley restaurants (including Cafe of Love, Ladle of Love, and Village Social), bakeries, and wineries (including Vintology Wine & Spirits and Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery) while supporting locally grown products. Held at GNC. Dinner served outdoors on the Great Lawn (under a tent), so dress casually and wear practical shoes. Help the GNC reduce waste by bringing your own dinnerware (china, glasses, and silverware).
Cost per person: $100 for MEMBERS/person, $150 for NON-MEMBERS/person. Children 12 and above can attend at adult prices. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT ONLINE TODAY (Coming Soon).
Kids: Enjoy a separate interactive culinary and learning experience held at the GNC, hosted in part by Whole Foods Market Westchester and their healthy-eating specialists, along with talented GNC staff. Fun activities include cooking demonstrations, tastings, interactive meal preparation, storytime, and much more.
Children ages 2-12, $25/child. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot online today.

20 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
20 SAT 1PM NATURAL WONDERS MEADOW HIKE — Join us as we take an easy hike through our new native wildflower meadow. We'll stay "busy as a bee" as we learn about the productivity of pollinators and meet some of the local plants and animals that thrive in the meadow. FREE for members, Non-Members $8/person

21 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
21 SUN 1PM WHAT'S THE BUZZ WITH HONEYBEES? — It's a busy time at the Nature Center. Come celebrate Father's Day and the Summer Solstice as we learn about the busy life of a honeybee hive. See why and how honeybees are critical players in our own lives and in the global economy. Includes a tasting of local honey. Members $5/person, Non-Members $8/person

Butterfly Banner27 SAT 10AM-3PM WALK AMONG LIVE BUTTERFLIES EXHIBIT OPENS (THROUGH SUN, AUGUST 2, CLOSED FRIDAYS)Join us for our ANNUAL BUTTERFLY EXHIBIT! Located in our new wildflower meadow, this exhibit provides a natural setting for people and pollinators. Learn about native plants and butterflies, and how they rely on one another. Exhibit appropriate for all ages. Members FREE, Non-members $11 adults, $10 seniors/students, $9 children ages 2-12, under 2 FREE. Includes admission to Manor House. NOTE: All visitors must see receptionist in Manor House to receive a stamp prior to entering the butterfly exhibit.
27 SAT 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

28 SUN 11:30AM TEACHING TRAILS: A COMMUNITY PATH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION with generous support from Con Edison — Guided Trail Experience through our woodland forest. Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or who uses that fallen tree for protection. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!
GNC Story Walk28 SUN 1PM STORY WALK KICKOFF! — Join us for our annual Story Walk. Naturalist John Mancuso leads you along our woodland trail to enjoy a favorite children's storybook, entitled Red Fox at Hickory Lane by Kathleen M. Hollenbeck. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is on hand with food and drinks to sample, bookmarks good for one free CPK kid's meal, activity sheets, and a raffle for a $20 CPK gift certificate. Recommended for children ages 8 and younger. FREE. Sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen.
NOTE: After the Kickoff event the self-guided Story Walk runs through Sunday, September 27, You can still stop by the Manor House (Closed Fridays) for a free CPK kid's meal bookmark and to enter a raffle for a $20 CPK gift certificate while supplies last.

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.

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