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.

Summer Programs

(Available starting in July)

Butterfly Release 
Learn about butterflies and other important pollinators through their adventure of metamorphosis! Discover the stages of butterfly growth before making your way to the meadow to release live butterfly specimens. Available to book Friday, Saturday, Sunday July-August. 

Pricing: (for 1 hour program)
Members—$250 (flat-rate groups of up to 12 people, includes 12 butterflies to release; additional butterflies available for $10 per butterfly)
Non-Members—$300 (flat-rate groups of up to 12 people, includes 12 butterflies to release; additional butterflies available for $10 per butterfly)

Butterfly Release Add-On
New this summer,
add a 30 minute butterfly release to any Back to Nature program or Birthday Party.

Pricing: (for 1 hour program)
$50 for 30 minute add-on, plus additional $10 per butterfly.

*Note: Greenburgh Nature Center uses local and sustainable butterfly farms in the Northeast for the purchase and delivery of the butterflies for our programs.  Deliveries are scheduled prior to each weekend’s programs, but there are no guarantees.  In the unlikely event that we don’t receive our shipment, you have the options to: change the topic of your program, reschedule your program, or receive a refund. Thank you for your understanding.

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: (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 12)

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 12)

Summertime Reptiles
Summer is a reptile’s favorite season. Meet snakes, lizards, and turtles from our collection and help us give a turtle a bath!

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)

Spring Programs

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 12)

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 12)

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

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

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 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)

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)

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)