Considerations Regarding the Greenburgh Nature Center and the Edgemont Incorporation Initiative

The Greenburgh Nature Center is a leader in environmental education and is dedicated to its mission to ignite passion, curiosity, and respect for our natural world. This mission is not limited to any one community. We seek to provide an opportunity for all citizens of all communities to enjoy this beautiful 33-acre property located in the heart of lower Westchester County. The Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that impacts nearly 90,000 people every year through various programs and events.

We, as the Board of Directors, want to state that the Greenburgh Nature Center takes absolutely no position for or against the potential incorporation of the Edgemont community. Additionally, we are confident that both the Town of Greenburgh and the citizens of Edgemont want to continue to fully support the Nature Center’s ability to achieve our mission objectives and to provide a memorable nature experience for everyone.

We also recognize that the Nature Center is a single component of a rather complex situation, and it is due to that complexity that we have chosen to provide some clarity regarding our operations. These considerations are purely intended to ensure every person is as well informed as possible regarding the operational needs of the Nature Center:

• The Greenburgh Nature Center enjoys a special relationship with the Edgemont community and its 33-acre park sits squarely within Edgemont’s borders. Edgemont residents comprise over 20% of our membership and about the same percentage of our contributors. Edgemont schools are, by far, the largest users of our school programs.

• The Greenburgh Nature Center has a long-established relationship with the Town of Greenburgh. The Town contributes $337,100 annually to our operating budget, and provides many services that are not accounted for in the budget yet are critical to the Nature Center. These include but are not limited to routine maintenance of buildings and grounds, tree service, and security. The Town also contributes funding and labor for special projects such as renovations to the Nature Center’s Manor House, improvements to animal quarters, and extending water lines to the Center’s Meadow. Over the last three years, the Town of Greenburgh also has contributed nearly $800,000 for essential repairs to the Manor House, and has committed another $75,000 to our new Barn project. We anticipate a 2018 capital appropriation of several hundred thousand dollars more for additional critical repairs to our 100-year old Manor House.

• The Feasibility Study prepared by the Edgemont Incorporation Committee assumes that the Town of Greenburgh might reduce its support for the Nature Center from the Parks and Recreation Department budget by approximately the same percentage as Edgemont taxes contribute to Town revenues (26%). However, the soft costs of the above-mentioned services and site improvements do not appear to have been fully captured, and there is uncertainty at present as to who would provide those.

• As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Nature Center relies on private donations and other funding for about 70% of its budget. The Nature Center’s staff is not employed nor paid by the Town of Greenburgh.

We want to restate that the Nature Center remains neutral on this issue. The considerations stated above are intended only to ensure that, in any scenario, we can continue to maintain this property and provide an amazing experience for visitors. Maintenance and care come at an expense and effort.

Though the specifics of needed support have not been completely presented to us, we are optimistic all parties will work together to continue the current level of support for this wonderful community-focused institution.

The Greenburgh Nature Center Board of Directors

Curious-on-Hudson’s Eco-Makers Comes to the Greenburgh Nature Center



We are pleased to partner with Curious-on-Hudson to bring you ECO-MAKERS!

Attention kids grades 5-8! Learn to use your hands, mind and MAKER skills in a meaningful way by creating sustainable solutions for a more efficient and beautiful environment. This class will take your passions to the next level as you learn how to build an aquaponic garden, a hydroponic growing station, and a solar charger from scratch. Your hydroponic garden will even be installed at the Greenburgh Nature Center! Applying today’s technology for a sustainable tomorrow is what this class is all about.

Topics you will learn about:

  • Alternative energy sources: wind, hydro, and solar power – how they work and how can we make our own versions to power our household devices
  • Thermal heating: how to heat and cool a house using the coolness of the earth and the heat of the sun
  • Water catchment and storage: what is a green roof?
  • Adobe clay: historical importance, environmental benefits, and how we can create our own
  • Upcycling: creating treasure (in the form of art and furniture) from other people’s trash and salvaged wood
  • Volunteer opportunity research: where are these technological advancements  being practiced and how can we help

Additional Information:

Spring Term (8 sessions); Tuesdays*, 4:00-5:30 PM

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June 5

*First 4 sessions are held at Curious-on-Hudson. Final 4 sessions are held at the Greenburgh Nature Center.

Suitable for ages grades 5-8 (or 10yr+).

You will be working with tools, raw materials while learning about environmental science. You do not need prior experience but you should have an interest in making, inventing, designing and working with others to bring projects to life.

Fee: $225/participant; $205/participant when 2 or more are registered together.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail:

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Greenburgh to Launch Food Scrap Recycling Program

The Town of Greenburgh, in partnership with the Greenburgh Nature Center, will launch the largest residential food scrap recycling program in Westchester County beginning January 17, 2018.

As of January 17th, Anthony F Veteran Park in Hartsdale will have a drop-off site open daily from 8am-8pm to collect food scraps from the 135,000 residents of the Town of Greenburgh. All food scraps, including but not limited to meat, bones, dairy, fish, fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, cooked food, leftover food, etc. will be accepted. The collected food scraps will then be transferred to a commercial composting facility outside of Greenburgh to be recycled into nutrient-rich compost.

With the launch of the Town of Greenburgh program, the population of Westchester residents with access to a food scrap drop-off site will nearly triple. Greenburgh will be following in the footsteps of Scarsdale, Larchmont-Mamaroneck, and Bedford, whose programs serve approximately 70,000 Westchester residents in total.

The Greenburgh Nature Center teaches visitors about sustainable materials management through their green birthday parties, zero-waste sorting stations, and compost systems. They introduced a food scrap recycling pilot program in the summer of 2015 which taught Anthony F Veteran Pool visitors about the benefits of composting using on-site zero-waste sorting stations. As a local leader in sustainability education, the Nature Center has been teaching local public schools such as Greenville Elementary, Seely Place Elementary, Edgemont High School, and Springhurst Elementary how to implement comprehensive recycling and composting as part of their daily operations.

Food scrap collection “starter kits” can be purchased by residents at Anthony F Veteran Park or Greenburgh Nature Center with a $20 check payable to the Town of Greenburgh. A starter kit includes a small countertop pail, a larger storage and transportation bin, and a roll of compostable liner bags.

Join us at Greenburgh’s Food Scrap Recycling Opening event on Saturday, January 20th from 11am-12pm at Anthony F Veteran Park! Light refreshments will be served.

Have questions or want to learn more? Email Rachel Carpitella at and engage with us on the Town of Greenburgh Food Scrap Recycling Facebook group!

In the Press

Stories From Main Street: Food Scrap Recycling Comes To Greenburgh

Greenburgh Nature Center Reopens to Public

After a two-month closure, the Greenburgh Nature Center, local leader in environmental education, reopened its doors this past Saturday.

The Greenburgh Nature Center was closed in October and November while undergoing a roof renovation of its Manor House. Despite the closure of its central hub for programs and events, the Nature Center continued to offer outreach programs to the community.

The Nature Center welcomed its visitors back with its annual Holiday Train Show on Saturday, made possible by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. The Holiday Train Show presents, in miniature, a display of the steam, diesel, and electrical train operations that existed in the Eastern United States in the second half of the 20th century. The show will also run the weekends of December 9th and 10th and December 16th and 17th.

The Nature Center’s Manor House is gearing up for its 100th anniversary, which is certainly a reason to celebrate! “Our Manor House turns 100 years old in 2018. In preparation for this milestone, we started at the top with our roof restoration,” says Executive Director Margaret Tjimos-Goldberg.

The Nature Center reports that it has exciting things in store for 2018. “We will lead the community in sustainability by launching the largest residential food scrap recycling program in Westchester in January,” Goldberg says, “We look forward to continuing to provide one-of-a-kind animal and nature experiences for our community.”