Events and programs will operate safely under New York State COVID-19 guidelines; social distancing protocols will be in place and face masks required.

 

Wednesdays, April 14, 21 and 28
11 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Storytime: Hear a story and take a walk around the farm. For children ages two through five; five children with one caregiver each per session. Registration required to reserve for the month; $20.

Friday, April 16
10 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Caregiver and Me: Children ages two through five and their caregivers have the opportunity to learn about farming, nature and the environment through crafts, stories and walks. Five children with one caregiver each per session. $15 per session; registration required. Also on April 23 and 30.

Saturday, April 17

  • 8 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
    Participate in farm chores, helping the staff and learning what it takes to be a farmer. For families with children ages eight and up. Six families of four per session; 24 people max, $20 per family of four. Registration required. Also on April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and June 5, 12, 19 and 26.

  • 12 noon | Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers
    Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt: Walk around the preserve with your family exploring and checking off your scavenger hunt list! Knock on door of nature center to receive list.

  • 2 p.m. | Cranberry Lake Preserve
    Lake Hike: Join us for a leisurely hike around Cranberry Lake taking in all the beautiful views. 15 participants; registration required.

Sunday, April 18
1 p.m. | Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
Vernal Pool Discovery: Take a visit to these important woodland pools to discover the creatures that call them home. This program requires sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. Meet at the Michigan Road parking lot. 10 participants; registration required by calling: (914) 864-7322.

Monday, April 19
10 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Happy Helpers: Spring is here and there is a lot to do on the farm. This program will introduce young children to the idea of community service through simple projects on the farm. For children ages two to five, with one caregiver per child. Five children per session; registration required. One registration per caregiver and child. Also on Monday, April 26; Mondays, May 3, 10, 17 and 24; Mondays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28. Registration required.

Saturday, April 24

  • 9:30 a.m. | Croton Point Nature Center, Croton-on-Hudson
    Trees of Croton Point: Ramble 'round Croton Point with the park naturalist to learn about the trees that grow there, how to identify them, native and introduced, their diseases and many uses. Ages nine and up; meet at nature center. 10 participants; registration required by calling the nature center: (914) 862-5297.

  • 1 p.m. | Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
    Springtime Scavenger Hunt: Read Sanctuary can offer wonders of nature that may be taken for granted. There will be clues to look for, and then to create an art form. Fun for kids! 20 participants; registration required.

Wednesday, April 28
10 a.m. | Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers
Spring Hike to Untermyer: Joint walk with the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct. We will meet at Lenoir Preserve and enjoy an easy two-mile walk along the Aqueduct Trail, with time spent exploring the Preserve and Untermyer Gardens, looking for signs of spring and learning about the history of three different parks. 10 participants; registration required.

Saturday, May 1
9:30 a.m. | Croton Point Nature Center, Croton-on-Hudson
Warbler Walk: See and hear colorful warblers and other migrants on their way north, while new arrivals and resident bird species establish nesting territories. Hike led by park naturalist. Ages nine and up. Meet at nature center. 10 participants; registration required by calling the nature center: (914) 862-5297. Also on Saturday, May 8; registration required.

Sunday, May 2

  • 11 a.m. | Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
    Naturalist Hike: Enjoy the beatiful Ward Pound Ridge Reservation on a hike led by one of the Trailside Nature Museum's naturalists. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 10 participants; registration required by calling: (914) 864-7322.
  • 1 p.m. | Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains
    Coyote Ambassadors: Coyotes have long called Westchester home, but seem to have developed a controversial reputation in recent years. Come learn about everything these unique predators do for our local ecosystem and what you can do to safely live alongside them. 20 participants; registration required.

Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26
11 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Storytime: Hear a story and take a walk around the farm. For children ages two through five; five children with one caregiver each per session. Registration required to reserve for the month; $20.

Friday, May 7
10 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Caregiver and Me: Children ages two through five and their caregivers have the opportunity to learn about farming, nature and the environment through crafts, stories and walks. Five children with one caregiver each per session. $15 per session; registration required. Also on May 14, 21 and 28.

Saturday, May 8

  • 9:30 a.m. | Croton Point Park Nature Center, Croton-on-Hudson
    Warbler Walk: See and hear colorful warblers and other migrants on their way north, while new arrivals and resident bird species establish nesting territories. Hike led by park naturalist. Ages nine and up. Meet at nature center. 10 participants; registration required by calling the nature center: (914) 862-5297.

  • 10 a.m. | Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
    Birding by Sight and Sound: Join the naturalist as you explore the world of birds, from forest Mockingbirds to Dabbling Ducks on the lake. Please bring binoculars. 20 participants; registration required.

  • 1:30 p.m. | Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
    Birding at Marshlands: Spring is here! Join us and find out if the early birds are catching the worms! 15 participants; registration required.

Saturday, May 15

  • 9:30 a.m. | Croton Point Park Nature Center, Croton-on-Hudson
    Historical Tour of Croton Point: Take a two-and-a-half mile hike to historic and pre-historic sites around Croton Point, learning about the lifeways and industries of the past with the park's naturalist. For ages nine and up. Meet at the nature center. 10 participants; registration required by calling the nature center: (914) 862-5297.

  • 10 a.m. | Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
    Way of the Warblers: We’re talking birds, here! With binoculars, we will observe, identify and appreciate these lively creatures. We will also catch a glimpse at other feathered friends by the lake and sound! Please bring binoculars. Birds provided! 20 participants; registration required.

  • 10 a.m. | Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
    The 100 Plant Challenge: Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to identify 100 plants growing wild here at the conservancy! During this program we will wander the sanctuary to create a list with the aid of printed field guides and the iNaturalist app on your smartphone. A great way to learn the names of those familiar plants you often see. You might be surprised by how many plants you already know! Field guide tutorial and assistance from staff provided. 15 participants; registration required.

  • 1 p.m. | Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains
    Pond Exploration: Come and learn all about the aquatic invertebrates that live in the pond. We will go ponding with nets looking for them and then learn how to identify these fascinating insects. 10 participants; registration required.

  • 1 p.m. | Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
    Wildflowers and Trees: Mother’s Day may be over, but the spirit lasts throughout the springtime. Come join us to appreciate the beautiful blooms in May. 20 participants; registration required.

Sunday, May 16
1 p.m. | Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains
Spring Mushrooms: Learn to identify our spring mushrooms during a hike through Cranberry Lake Preserve. Afterwards we will be learning how to make spore prints. 20 participants; registration required.

Wednesday, May 19
11 a.m. | Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers
Pollinator Habitats: Lenoir is a very special place for pollinators! During this program we will be checking out our butterfly garden, learning about honey bees, and talking about native plants vs. non-native plants. Participants must be masked. 11 participants; registration required.

Sunday, May 23

  • 1 p.m. | Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains
    Masters of the Night Sky: Bats at Cranberry Lake: Join us for an introduction to the diverse bat species that call Westchester home and learn about the crucial role they play in our local ecosystems. Featuring local bat expert, Wendy Bosco. 20 participants; registration required.

  • 1 p.m. | Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
    Stream Study: Together, let's explore the creatures that call the Cross River their home. With the opportunity to get hands-on in the river, we'll learn about water quality and how we can work together to help protect our local waterways. Please wear closed-toed shoes acceptable for use in the water. Eight participants; registration required by calling: (914) 864-7322.

Wednesdays, June 2, 9, 16 and 23
11 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Storytime: Hear a story and take a walk around the farm. For children ages two through five; five children with one caregiver each per session. Registration required to reserve for the month; $20.

Friday, June 4
10 a.m. | Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Caregiver and Me: Children ages two through five and their caregivers have the opportunity to learn about farming, nature and the environment through crafts, stories and walks. Five children with one caregiver each per session. $15 per session; registration required. Also on June 11, 18 and 25.

Saturday, June 12

  • 1 p.m. | Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
    Fresh and Saltwater Whatsits: As we spring into summer, we will use dip nets and a long seining net to catch, study and release creatures. This is an awesome hands-on experience for the whole family. Please dress in clothes that can get wet. 20 participants; registration required.

  • 1 p.m. | Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
    Day of the Horseshoe Crabs: Come witness this wondrous phenomenon of Horseshoe Crabs arriving at Marshlands’ shoreline during this afternoon’s high tide. This incredible event has been taking place here seasonally for thousands of years! Wear waterproof footwear and meet at the nature center. Weather permitting. 20 participants; registration required.

Trailside Nature Museum Early Learning Program
Using nature as a classroom, Trailside Nature Museum will offer children, ages 3-and-a-half through five-years-old, the opportunity to learn about the natural world through activities including hiking, S.T.E.A.M. activities (Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements), exploration and more, operating outdoors, safely under New York State COVID-19 guidelines The program runs in four Monday through Thursday, six week sessions from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and can accommodate a maximum of six children per session:

  • Session three: Monday, March 29 through Thursday, May 6. Tuition is $900.
  • Session four: Monday, May 10 through Thursday, June 17; no session Memorial Day. Tuition is $850.

Sessions will be canceled on inclement weather days. Children must be potty-trained. Westchester residents only. Call to register: (914) 864-7322.