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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.

Story Walk Banner STORYWALK - OPEN NOW THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
The self-guided Story Walk is free at all times and able to be viewed whenever the grounds are open. Featuring the storybook, Opossum at Sycamore Road by Sally M. Walker. Recommended for children ages 8 and younger. Sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen. You can also stop by the Manor House and pick up a CPK bookmark good for a free kid's meal and enter in a free raffle for a CPK $20 gift certificate, while supplies last.

September

6 SAT 2PM AREN'T THEY GRAND ― Get an early start to celebrating National Grandparent's Day! Bring the whole family and enjoy an informative program that allows you to get up close and hands-on with some of our live animals! This is a program that you don't want to miss. FREE for members and Grandparents, Non-members $8

Harvest Party
7 SUN 2PM HARVEST PARTY ― It’s the season to reap the harvest of our organic garden and hives! Our naturalists prepare a sampling of tasty treats from our garden, and you learn about the fascinating social network of honeybees, beekeeping, and how honey is harvested from our hives. Honey is extracted by our beekeeper H. Peet Foster. There is a free tasting of fresh honey-from-the-hives, and the newly harvested honey is available for purchase. Sponsored in part by California Pizza Kitchen, Gymboree Play and Music, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasiums of Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, SavATree, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Jake's Wayback Burgers, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Westchester County Parks, Town of Greenburgh and Greenburgh Parks & Recreation. Members $4. Non-members $8

10 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30PM PROGRAM BIDDER 70 - FILM & DISCUSSION ― The story of contemporary American hero Tim DeChristopher, University of Utah student, who bid $1,800,000 in a government auction to save 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah’s National Parks. He had no intention to pay or to drill. DeChristopher paid with his future to save the land he loves. Discussion to follow film. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

13 SAT 2PM HOW EASY CAN IT BE? COMPOSTING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ― There’s gold in those leaves, grass clippings, weeds, and kitchen scraps! Come discover the magic of compost and learn how easy it can be to turn your yard and food waste into valuable fertilizer for your garden. Members $5, Non-members $8

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 mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

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

15 MON 11AM - 7:30PM 2ND ANNUAL GOLF OUTING & RECEPTION ― Join us for our 2nd Annual Golf Outing and Reception! Held at the Scarsdale Golf Club, it is a fun day complete with golfing, contests, Silent Auction, and dinner reception. Not a Golfer? You can come to the dinner reception which includes music and cocktails. See our GOLF WEBSITE for more details on volunteer opportunities, sponsorships, silent auction donations, and ticket purchases. Fees: Golf Outing & Reception per person - $400; Reception only per person - $100.

20 SAT 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? FREE for members, Non-members $8

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 mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

21 SUN 2PM WHAT'S THE BUZZ WITH HONEYBEES? ― Come 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 the global economy. Also discussed are the current threats faced by honeybees, and how what harms bees, threatens us in turn. The program includes a taste test of local-made honeys. Members $5, Non-members $8

27 SAT 12PM WORM BIN ― Worms are a great way to compost your food waste indoors all year round. Learn to make your own worm bin by upcycling a disposable styrofoam cooler. Pre-registration required and closes one week prior to event. Fee per bin; Members $12, Non-members $15 BOOK NOW

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 mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. FREE!

28 SUN 12PM LOVE 'EM & LEAVE 'EM ― Fall leaves are a valuable resource for your property! Learn how to "re-invest" your fall leaves into your soil by shredding them right into your lawn, turning them into an attractive mulch for your garden beds, or using them to generate your own home-compost. If rain, program will be re-scheduled. Members $5, Non-members $8

28 SUN 2PM BIRDS OF PREY ― Join a naturalist to see live birds of prey. Discover what makes these magnificent creatures the hunters of the sky. Includes a visit to the outdoor bird aviary to see the majestic Bald Eagles. Members $5, Non-Members $8

October

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

5 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!

5 SUN 2PM ALIEN INVADERS ― Come explore some of the most fascinating plant and animal species to ever invade our lawns, lakes, and forests during an engaging and interactive stroll around the GNC property. Members $5, Non-members $8

8 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/7:30 PROGRAM ― ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION ROUNDUP: UPDATES FROM OUR STATE & COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS ― Hear directly from our state and county elected officials about critical environmental issues facing New York, specifically Westchester County. Representatives from the Senate, Assembly, and the County Board are available for a follow-up Q&A and discussion. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

Fall Festival
12 SUN 11AM-3PM FALL FESTIVAL ― Join us for scarecrow building, pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, cider making, meeting the animals, scavenger hunts, tractor rides, and more. Fee if pre-registered by Oct. 11: Members $5, Non-members $10 (on-line registration only). Fee day of event: Members $8, Non-members $15. $5 per pumpkin, $2 per scarecrow building. Please note, limited number of each are available. Scarecrows are left at the Center and used in our Scarecrows & Pumpkins Parade on Oct. 26. Food available for purchase by ShopRite Scarsdale, which generously donates all proceeds to the GNC. Sponsored in part by California Pizza Kitchen, Central Animal Hospital, Dilmaghani Company, Green Mountain Energy, Gymboree Play and Music, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasiums of Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, New York Life, SavATree, ShopRite, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Suburban Carting, Venture Photography, Jake's Wayback Burgers, Westchester Magazine, Westchester Parent Magazine, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Westchester County Parks, Town of Greenburgh and Greenburgh Parks & Recreation. Event held Rain or Shine. No Refunds. BOOK NOW

13 MON 11AM FEED THE ANIMALS (SCHOOL HOLIDAY) ― Gobble, crunch, slurp, chomp! It's mealtime for our animals. Come see what's on the menu. FREE for Members, Non-members $5

18 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

19 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!

19 SUN 2PM BIRDS OF A FEATHER ― As wild birds fly overhead, stop by and meet our resident birds up close, including some of the majestic Birds of Prey! This program is not to be missed! Members $5, Non-members $8

Scarecrows & Pumpkins Parade
26 SUN 11AM-3PM SCARECROWS & PUMPKINS PARADE ― A fun Halloween event for young children. Follow friendly scarecrows along our pumpkin trail and meet storybook characters along the way. Come in costume and enjoy cider, treats, tattoos, and more. Fee if pre-registered by Oct. 25: Members $5, Non-members $10 (on-line registration only). Fee day of event: Members $8, Non-members $15. Food available for purchase by California Pizza Kitchen. Sponsored in part by California Pizza Kitchen, Dilmaghani Company, Gymboree Play and Music, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasiums of Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, SavATree, ShopRite, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Suburban Carting, TD Bank, Venture Photography, Jake's Wayback Burgers, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Town of Greenburgh, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, and Westchester County Parks. Event held Rain or Shine. No Refunds. BOOK NOW

November

1 SAT 2PM FAIRY TEA PARTY ― Explore our magical forest trails and have a tea party in our enchanted fairy circle! Make your own nature-inspired fairy wand to take home. Members $5, Non-members $8

2 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!

2 SUN 2PM BEAR-FOOT STORYTIME ― Join us for storytime, based on our popular Wild Encounters Storytime held weekly on Monday afternoons. This hour long program includes a story, live animals, and a nature-themed activity. Recommended for children ages 2-6. Members $5, Non-members $8

8 SAT 2PM NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT ― Celebrate autumn and all of its wonder while honing your wildlife sighting skills! On this naturalist led scavenger hunt, use your 'eagle eyes' to find items, roam the trails, and discover nature's beauty. (Approximate 1/2 mile hike.) Members $5, Non-members $8

9 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!

9 SUN 2PM FALL DISCOVERY WALK ― Join a naturalist to look for fall happenings in our forest. Search for native trees and wildlife along the way. FREE for Members, Non-members $8

12 WED 7PM REFRESHMENTS/ 7:30 PROGRAM ― SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER ― WHAT’S THE PLAN FOR GREEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? ― The Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC) and the Southern Westchester Action Consortium (SWEAC) have been blazing new paths toward sustainability by assisting their respective member municipalities in reducing reliance on fossil fuels, adopting sustainable policies and practices, and stimulating new “green” economic activity. These two dynamic organizations have merged to form a new nonprofit entity, Sustainable Westchester. Meet the leaders and learn about initiatives to facilitate regional scale cooperation and turning environmental challenges into opportunities. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. FREE and handicapped accessible.

15 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

Turkey Scavenger Hunt
16 SUN 1:30PM TURKEY SCAVENGER HUNT ― Bring your toddlers to our traditional “turkey token” hunt along a woodland trail. After the hunt, all “gobblers” can enjoy snacks and nature crafts. Members $6, Non-members $9. Event held Rain or Shine. No Refunds. Sponsored in part by California Pizza Kitchen, Gymboree Play and Music, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasiums of Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, NEA Federal Credit Union, SavATree, ShopRite, Snip-Its Scarsdale, Venture Photography, Jake's Wayback Burgers, Whole Foods Market Westchester, WHUD, Town of Greenburgh, Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, and Westchester County Parks.

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)

Model Train Show
29 SAT 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW
30 SUN 10AM-4:30PM TRAIN SHOW― Display of model trains, presented by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. Members FREE, Non-members: Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children 2 to 12 $8. Includes admission to all Manor House exhibits. No Refunds. 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.

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, Seniors $9, Children 2 to 12 $8. Includes admission to all Manor House exhibits. No Refunds. 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, Seniors $9, Children 2 to 12 $8. Includes admission to all Manor House exhibits. No Refunds. 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

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!

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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