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 chloe@greenburghnaturecenter.org or call us at (914) 723-3470.

Have questions about our Back to Nature Series? Check our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Need to cancel a scheduled program? See our refund policy here.

Winter Programs

(Available starting in December)

Native Plant Walk
Bundle up to enjoy a guided walk through our Pollinator Garden and Native Plant Meadow. Even in the winter, plants are preparing themselves for spring. Find out why native plants are so beneficial for our local ecosystem. Come inside for a warm cup of herbal tea. Make seed balls to plant around your own neighborhood and become a champion for habitat conservation. Please dress warmly with layers. Best for Grades 3+.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

Urban Agriculture 
Warm up this winter with us as we grow plants indoors. Explore the systems and cycles that make this happen, like our worm bin and hydroponic tower. We’ll investigate where our food comes from and harvest lettuce to feed our turtles. With the guidance of our Sustainability Educators, start microgreens or mushrooms to bring home and watch grow! Best for Grades K+.\

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

Hibernation or Migration?
Experience close encounters with rabbits, ferrets, birds and other winter dwelling creatures. Discover what they need to survive during winter or if they decide to migrate south to escape the cold. You may just learn how similar animals are to us when they try to stay warm this season. This program is great for all ages!

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

Seasonal Maple Sugaring (Late January-March)
Travel back in time to learn about maple sugaring throughout history. You will learn how Native Americans discovered maple sugar and the modern day techniques used to collect and create syrup at our outdoor sugaring sites. This program will also include a seasonal treat during your program!

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

Winter Birds
Nature often seems scarce during the cold winter months as many animals are curled up hibernating, or enjoying warmer temperatures down south. However, it’s a great time of year for birding! The bare branches make for wonderful, clear views of birds in trees. Many of our beautiful native birds stay put through the winter rather than migrate south. During this program, you’ll learn about how amazing species like cardinals, owls, bluejays, and more survive the bitter winter. Participants will get to meet live birds up close, practice identifying wild birds with a naturalist, and build your own bird feeder out of natural materials.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

All About Owls
Soar over to the nature center this winter to learn about New York’s most majestic forest creatures: owls! Experience up close meet and greets with two different native species of owls and dissect an owl pellet to discover what our feathered friends may have been preying on. If timed correctly, you can put your nocturnal senses to the test on a twilight walk through the forest listening for their calls and searching for silhouettes! It’s Great Horned Owl mating season so there is no better time to witness owl activity.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

Ongoing Programs

Barnyard Opening or 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.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

Barn open is 7 days a week
Barn Openings: 9:00 AM
Barn Closings: November 4:00 PM—5:00 PM, December/January/February 3:30 PM—4:30 PM

Goat Walks
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 experienced naturalists. You will spend an hour exploring our trails, and climbing along the stumps and rocks with our baby goats. You might even be able to teach them a few new tricks! Time: 1 hour; offered from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Suggested age limit: 5 years and older.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

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.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

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 years and older.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)