Our popular Back to Nature Series continues with new, exciting seasonal offerings. These private programs are for small groups and families with children of all ages. Back to Nature Series programs are led by our expert Naturalists and range in topics for interactive 1 to 1.5 hour experiences. Inspiring animal and ecological programs will delight nature lovers of all ages.
To register for a Back to Nature Series program please contact Chloe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (914) 723-3470.
Have questions about our Back to Nature Series? Check our Frequently Asked Questions here.
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Plants and Poetry
Find joy in nature and literature. Observe and learn about the life cycles of plants in our Meadow, Woodland, and Marshland. We’ll stop in each habitat to explore, hear short stories and poems read aloud by an Educator, and write our own poems.
Come meet the critters who thrive in the springtime. Learn about birds laying eggs, mammals emerging from their winter slumber, and insects exploring the thawing underground world.
There’s no better way to celebrate Spring than by welcoming our migratory birds home! Grab some binoculars and join a Naturalist in observing the many species that visit during the warmer months, and help us build a better future for migratory birds through conservation action.
Barnyard Opening and Closing
In this fun filled hour, your family has the opportunity to meet us in the morning or evening to go through our entire barnyard routine. Get up close and hands on with the animals as we go through the feeding, watering, animal enrichment, and brushing of our chickens, sheep and goats. You’ll also enjoy a goat walk in the forest.
Time: 1 hour, Suggested age limit: 3 years and older.
Barn openings are 7 days a week
Barn Openings: 9:00 AM
Barn Closings: 4:00 PM—5:00 PM,
Our Nigerian Pygmy goats, Maggie and Willow, require a lot of enrichment and exercise to stay happy and healthy. Help us provide them with the best possible care by taking them on a forest trail walk with one of our naturalists!
Plan and Plant Your Home Garden
This adult/family program will demonstrate how we prep and plant our Organic Garden at the Nature Center. Get hands-on practice and learn about crop succession, companion planting, square foot gardening, and composting from our Naturalists.
Join us as we hike through our 33 acres under the moonlight! Keep an eye out for nocturnal animals and see how much the forest changes at night.
Primitive Fire Techniques Cooking
Explore the history of fire through the ages and try your hand at primitive fire starting techniques. Celebrate your new skills with some well-deserved S’mores and Banana Boats.
Birds of Prey
Learn about some of the toughest predators in our ecosystem! Enjoy private, up close encounters with live birds in our animal collection while learning about the special features of raptors that make them so unique. You will act as real scientists as you inspect biofacts such as bones, feathers, and talons, and dissect an owl pellet for evidence of our feathered friends’ favorite foods. Be sure to look up at the sky during your visit — you might see one of these majestic creatures soaring above us in the wild!
Time: 1 hour; offered from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Suggested age limit: 5+
*New* these evening discussions will be held quarterly and will be free to attend. Summer’s topic is Tick Talk which will provide information on how to stay safe outdoors, details on tick habits and habitats, and how to protect yourself from ticks both out on the trails and in your own backyard.
Meet the Raptors
Stop by our Birds of Prey aviary at 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays to learn more about our Birds of Prey and witness feeding time.