The school trip programs at Read Wildlife Sanctuary are currently being updated - please check back with us again.


Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary is a 179-acre park located along the Long Island Sound adjacent to Playland in Rye.  Environmental education programs are offered to schools, scouts and other groups by advance reservation. Group size is limited to 30. A modest fee based on group size and length of program. Topics can be tailored to the needs and interests of the group and include: intertidal ecology, marine biology, plant science and orinthology.

Aqua Zumba and Cardio Aqua FitIntegrating the Zumba┬« philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines, Aqua Fit blends it all together for a great fun workout. The program combines many energizing formats, including Aquatic Tabata and HIIT, designed for total body conditioning and cardiovascular fitness. Water shoes highly recommended.

Fee $80 for eight sessions, or weekly pay-as-you-go available. $5 parking fee applies at Tibbetts Brook Pool.  Online registration only. For more information, call (914) 231-4551.

Tibbetts Brook Pool, Yonkers

Saturdays, June 23 - August 18, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Saxon Woods Pool, White Plains

Wednesdays, June 27 - August 22, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Andrea Velazquez - more info.

Exhibit at Gallery in the Park



A new one-person show titled “Threads” that weaves together a rich tapestry of works using oil, metal, beeswax, paper, and paint by Ridgefield artist Suzanne Benton opens on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. A highlight of the opening will be a live mask performance by the artist on the Gallery grounds.


This exhibition is a journey of light, color, life and nature. It includes Suzanne’s welded metal masks, many of them created around the world, as well as recent prints, landscape paintings, portrait boxes, and manifolds. Her work is immediately recognized by her use of rich color which is energetic yet ethereal; her work speaks of her interplay with world culture, history, myth and relationships.  


Suzanne Benton’s art has been exhibited at museums, universities and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. A former Fulbright Scholar to India, Benton has received numerous grants and artist residencies worldwide. As a widely exhibited and noted sculptor, mask maker/performance artist, painter, printmaker, lecturer and workshop leader, she’s shared her multifaceted art for over 30 years in 29 countries.


“Threads” is on exhibit daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 31. Admission is free; parking is $4 with a Westchester County Park Pass, $8 without the pass. 


The Gallery in the Park is part of the Westchester County Art in Parks program that brings changing exhibitions of sculpture, paintings, murals and other forms of artwork to Westchester County Parks for the appreciation of visitors of all ages.


For more information, call the Reservation at (914) 864-7317.

Rockland artist Grace Knowlton opens one-perons show at Gallery in the Park



A new one-person show entitled "Past and Present," featuring photographs indoors and sculpture outdoors by Rockland artist Grace Knowlton runs May 22 - Sept. 10, 2009 at the Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River.


Inside the gallery, the exhibit focuses on Knowlton’s recent exploration of an ancient workhorse for craftspeople: the saw horse. Pastels, paints and inks highlight their form, utility, and beauty while sometimes “animating” the horses in altered abstract, yet life-like images.


Spilling outside the gallery, Knowlton’s signature sculptured globes dot the spring meadows. The artist’s intrigue with both the interior and the exterior form of the sphere are evident in the massive and miniature balls she has crafted of fiber, metal, and concrete. With their placement on the bucolic landscape of the Reservation, the sculptures nestle like sheep yet seem to move.


Grace Knowlton received her MFA from Columbia University and has taught at the Art Students League among many other teaching posts. She has been widely exhibited and is represented in collections worldwide.


“Past and Present” will remain on exhibit daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept.10. Admission is free; parking is $4 with a Westchester County Park Pass; $8 without the pass.