January

Sunday, January 28, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Creatures of the Night
While we are in bed fast asleep some of our animal friends are using their senses to find food and make their way through a mysterious nocturnal world. Meet some of our nocturnal animals and find out why they only come out at night. $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

February

Sunday, February 11, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Eyes on Owls
Did you know that owls cannot move their eyes but they can turn their heads up to 270 degrees left or right? Get to know our resident owls and uncover the secrets of these mysterious night dwellers. Learn about their eating habits by dissecting owl pellets. Then complete the bone puzzle to discover exactly what was on the menu for dinner last night. $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

Monday, February 19, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Bald Eagles & Turkeys
Bald eagle or turkey? Did you know there was a great debate among the founders of our nation about which bird should become our national emblem, with Ben Franklin backing the turkey! Discover what is so special about these two very different birds that they have become so important in our national culture! $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

Monday, February 19-Friday February 23, 9:30am-1:30pm
Winter Discovery CampREGISTER NOW!
The weather outside is not as frightful as you might think. Come explore our winter wonderland and discover the hidden secrets of the forest. Express yourself while exploring the many layers of life. Each day of camp includes fun crafts, games, outdoor adventures along with a mid-camp snack. Dress to go outside and get messy, but in case of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors. Tuition: $350 for the week. * Membership is required to register for this program. Membership helps support our educational programs. Click here to send your child on a winter adventure!

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Justice, Faith, and Integral Ecology (Adult Program)
Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical for Care for Our Common Home explains Integral Ecology, illustrating the relationship between consumer choices, ecological impact, and social injustice. Kelly Moltzen of Franciscan Action Network and Bronx Health REACH will explore local environmental injustices and the relation to social determinants of health. Jackie Mooney-O’Brien of Education for Sustainability will discuss systems-thinking tools to help reduce ecological impact and increase sustainable choices. They will share resources to bring Integral Ecology into your house of worship. In partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group. Free event!

March

Sunday, March 4, 11:00am-3:00pm
Maple Sugaring Party – REGISTER NOW!
Join us as we continue the sweet tradition of maple sugaring! Featured events include sap collection demonstrations, depictions of Native American and Colonial style sugaring sites, porridge making, maples crafts and treats. Early registration, before March 4: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Day of event registration: $8 for members, $15 for non-members.

Sunday, March 11, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Feeding Fun
It’s mealtime for our animals! Join our naturalists for a hands-on program and learn about the care that goes into feeding our indoor animals as well as our birds of prey and barnyard. Free for members, $8 for non-members.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Screening: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (Adult Program)
40% of the food in America is wasted. A new documentary by Anthony Bourdain, WASTED: The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to make the most of every kind of food. Learn more at http://www.wastedfilm.com. In partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group. Free event!

Sunday, March 25, 11:00am-3:00pm
Great Green Eggstravaganza – REGISTER NOW!
Celebrate the emergence of spring! Join us for a day of egg-themed activities, including our environmentally-friendly egg hunt. Make seasonal crafts, meet some of our animals on the great lawn and join a naturalist to discover signs of spring throughout our property. Event held rain or shine. Early registration before March 25: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Day of event registration: $8 for members, $15 for non-members.

Ongoing Programs

Mother Nature’s Storytime (Ages 2 – 4)
Children, along with a parent or caregiver, enjoy days at the Nature Center with nature-themed stories, nature walks, live animals, and/or crafts. Dress for outdoor activity. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors. Class size limited to 12. Pre-registration is required and there are no refunds.

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (six-week session)
Session 1: January 3, 10 17, 24, 31, February 7, REGISTER NOW!
Session 2: February 14, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, No Class – February 21, REGISTER NOW!
Session 3: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, No Class – April 4th, REGISTER NOW!
Session 4: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, REGISTER NOW!

Tuition for 6-week session: Members $50/child & caregiver, Non-members $90/child & caregiver

Project FeederWatch (Ages 5+)
Sundays, 1:00pm-2:00pm (December 2017-March 2018)

Did you know that the Northern Cardinal’s favorite snack is sunflower seeds? Or that the Eastern Goldfinch travels to Mexico in the winter months? Join us as we discover more about our feathered friends. Program entails a short walk through our woods and at-home tips on backyard birding and data collection. Free program!

Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages
Saturdays & Sundays, 11:30am-12:15pm (Year-round)

Join us on our community path for environmental education, generously supported by Con Edison. This is a guided trail experience through our woodland forest. Our specially-trained “Trail Ninja” volunteers provide information on trees, plants, wildlife, and seasonal changes. Topics vary each week. An ideal way to get acquainted with our trail system. Free program!