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.

 

Winter Programs

Winter Animal Friends: Hibernation or Migration?
Experience up close encounters with rabbits, ferrets, birds and other winter dwelling creatures. Discover what they need to survive during the winter or if they decide to migrate south to escape the cold. This program is great for all ages! 

Pricing: 
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

Seasonal Maple Sugaring
Travel back in time to learn about maple sugaring throughout history. You’ll learn how Native Americans discovered maple sugar and our modern day techniques to collect and create syrup at our outdoor sugaring sites. This program will also include a small seasonal treat the day of your program. (*Note: this program will be offered end of January/early February)

*As a bonus, at the end of the season on a weekend in early March, participants can return to the Nature Center to watch us make maple syrup in our Sugar Shack. (Date TBD) Any groups who participate in the program through the season will have the opportunity to go home with a small jar of fresh maple syrup. (Don’t worry if you can’t make it that day, contact us to coordinate a day to pick up your maple syrup!)

Pricing: 
Members—$150 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)
Non-Members—$200 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

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 the perfect time of year for birding! The bare branches make for wonderful, clear views, and many beautiful native birds stay put through the winter rather than migrate south. In this program you’ll learn how 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 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

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 owl species 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 where you will listen for their calls and spot their 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 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

*Coming Soon* Spring Programs

Spring programs available starting April 1st.

Pond Exploration

As the snow starts to melt and the days get warmer, spring is the perfect time to visit the Greenburgh Nature Center to see which wild animals are waking up after a long winter.  One of the liveliest and loudest places on the property, full of quacks and peeps, is our vernal pond where frogs, salamanders, turtles, and an amazing array of invertebrates are all starting to gather.  Along with a naturalist, your family will get to hike to our pond and explore the water using dip nets and buckets. Time: 1 hour OR 1.5 hours

Pricing: (for 1 hour program)
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

Pricing: (for 1.5 hour program)
Members—$175 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)
Non-Members—$225 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

Magnificent Metamorphosis

Why do butterflies emerge from a chrysalis? Ever wondered what’s going on inside? Visit the Nature Center to learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly and the fascinating process of metamorphosis. This program will involve a short hike to our pond where you will meet some of the creatures who make the change! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

Grow With Us: All about Plants

Come explore the local flora growing right here at the Nature Center! On this program, you will learn about the life cycle of a plant from seed to tree, bush or flower and explore our grounds and native plant meadow to discover just how diverse our local habitat is. You will participate in a planting and go home with your very own plant to nurture and grow. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

Springtime Animals

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.  This program provides an up close and personal interaction with some of the animals that call the Nature Center home. You can also take a guided walk through our forest.  Recommended for all ages.

Pricing:
Members—$125 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

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 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

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 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

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 for some s’mores 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 9)
Non-Members—$225 (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

Apple Cidering
This juicy sweet fall program will take you back in time for an exciting, early settler experience. You and your family will use an old-fashioned screw press to make 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 9)
Non-Members—$200 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)

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 9)
Non-Members—$175 for non members (groups of up to 6, $15 per additional person for max of 9)