Westchester County Parks Nature Centers are offering events and program series for all ages. Registration required as a limited number of participants are allowed. Face masks are mandatory and social distancing protocols will be followed at all times.

Events

  • Saturdays through Dec. 26
    • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Muscoot Farm
      Saturday Hikes:Take a hike on the seven miles of hiking trails, led by the farm’s curator. Register now.
  • Sundays through Dec. 27
    • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. | Muscoot Farm
      Tiny Talks: Learn about Muscoot Farm. Each session will focus on a different topic. Register now.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5
    • 10 a.m. – noon | Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
      Early Winter Bird Walk: Take an easy walk around the sanctuary to see how our feathered friends are faring. Register now.
  • Sunday, Dec. 6
    • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers
      Outdoor Cooking: Enjoy a cooking demonstration around the camp fire! Our naturalist will make succotash stew a tradition that has been around for centuries, which the Lenape, the Native American tribe that lived here made, using ingredients from their Three Sisters garden: corn, squash and beans. Food will not be served. Register now.
    • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
      Shelter Building and Survival Skills: Learn how to build a shelter and basic survival skills. Call to register: (914) 835-4466.
  • Saturday, Dec. 12
    • 10 a.m. – noon | Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
      Winter Wildflower Walk: There is a different kind of beauty to our wildflowers once their growing season is over. We’ll look for plants that are still green, and learn to recognize familiar plants by their “skeletons”. Weather permitting. Register now.
    • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers
      Lenoir History Walk: Enjoy a walk around the park learning about the Wightman Mansion and all the treasures Lenoir has to offer. Register now.
  • Sunday, Dec. 13
    • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
      Animal Tracks ‘n’ Traces: Learn how to identify animal signs and tracks, followed by making a plaster print to take home. Call to register: (914) 835-4466.
  • Sunday, Jan. 10
    • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
      Marshlands History Hike Time Capsule: Learn the history of the conservancy from the prehistoric times to the present while collecting items for a time capsule. Call to register: (914) 835-4466.
  • Sunday, Jan. 17
    • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
      Reading the Landscape in Wintertime: Explore the habitats and see how each cope with the elements of winter. Four habitats in their winter scenery will be explored. Call to register: (914) 835-4466.
  • Saturday, Jan. 23
    • 10 a.m. – noon | Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers
      Dugout Canoe Making: Participants will help us continue working on our dugout canoe for display in the nature center. We will be burning the canoe and using tools to dig out the charcoal and discuss the history, tools, and techniques and use of the dugout canoe. Register now.

Learning Program Series

Westchester County Parks Nature Centers are offering educational programs for Pre-K and first through twelfth grade aged children, operating outdoors, safely under New York State COVID-19 guidelines where students will learn about nature and the environment at the following nature centers:

  • Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains
    (914) 428-1005
  • Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
    (914) 967-8720
  • Muscoot Farm, Katonah
    (914) 864-7282

Cranberry Lake Preserve
Utilizing the open space at Cranberry Nature Preserve, children ages three-and-a-half through five will learn about nature through a variety of activities during this ten-week program, which will run Wednesdays through Fridays, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No sessions Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25 and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The program will run safely under New York State COVID-19 guidelines, allowing for five participants and operate outdoors and only utilizing indoor space due to inclement weather where children will remain six-feet apart at all times. Must be potty-trained. Westchester residents only. Tuition is $1,040. Registration open.

Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary After-school Programs
Boys and girls in sixth through twelfth grade have the opportunity to learn about the natural world by hiking, discovering native and invasive plants, searching for animal tracks and signs and more in this five-week, weekly after-school program, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Program is held outdoors and will be cancelled on inclement weather days and a make-up session will be scheduled. Program tuition is $100. Westchester residents only. Call to register: (914) 967-8720.

  • Sixth through eighth grade, Nature Discovery Series
    • Wednesdays, Dec. 2 and 9
  • Ninth through twelfth grade, Exploring Nature Series
    • Thursdays, Dec. 3 and 10