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 Greg at (914)-813-1834 or via email at: gwechgelaer@greenburghnaturecenter.org

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.

Fall Programs

Apple Cidering
Travel back in time for an exciting, early settler experience and beloved Nature Center tradition. You and your family will use an old-fashioned screw press to create freshly made apple cider
using apples from a local farm. You’ll be able to sample your own fresh cider and even have a
gallon to bring home with you! As time allows, this program will also include a walk through our meadow or a trip to our barnyard to feed the animals some leftovers.

Pricing:
Members—$150 (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)

Creepy Crawlers
Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween with some of the Nature Center’s eeriest animals!
Experience up close encounters with snakes, tarantulas, and other mysterious creatures. Discover what they need to thrive in their habitat and you may find that these animals aren’t as scary as you think! Depending on date and time, this program can also include a forest walk at dusk to hear and spot native Great Horned Owls. Feel free to wear your Halloween costume in October!

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)

Night Hikes
As the sun sets at the Greenburgh Nature Center and animals like the red bellied robin and chipmunk make their way to bed, other animals that prefer the night begin to emerge. Start the evening with one of our Naturalists around a campfire (*BYO-S’mores ingredients encouraged!) and meet and learn about some of the nocturnal creatures in our animal collection. After, we’ll meet our Great Horned Owl before heading into the woods to see what we might discover. Owls, Flying Squirrels, Katydids, Glowing Mushrooms…what else will we find? Time: 1.5 hours; offered from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM (dependent on season), Suggested age Limit: 5 years and older.

Pricing:
Members—$175 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)
Non-Members—$225 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 12)

Beekeeping
Have you ever had honey so fresh, you got to meet the bees who made it? Join our resident apiarist for a chance to participate in a hive inspection of one of the Nature Center’s colonies, and sample your very own honey! A family of up to four participants will have the opportunity to suit up with actual bee equipment for a fascinating, up close look into a honeybee hive. This program is great for anyone interested in learning more about one of nature’s most fascinating animals or those considering starting a backyard hive. Time: 1 hour, Suggested age limit: 6 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)

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)