The Friends of Rye Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the Rye Nature Center and to provide a full range of environmental education programs and activities at the Center.  Our programs encourage the protection of our natural resources and promote environmental awareness in Rye and surrounding communities.  The Friends have been supporters of the Rye Nature Center for over forty years, and are committed to the ongoing improvement of the facility, and to creating quality programs and experiences for all visitors.


The Rye Nature Center is a Rye City-owned facility offering environmental programs through the cooperative efforts of the Friends of Rye Nature Center and the City of Rye.  The Center is located on 47 acres of wildlife preserve, with over two miles of hiking trails, ponds, streams and granite outcroppings.  The Nature Center has comfortable classroom and museum spaces for visiting classes and special events.


For more information on how you can help the FRNC, visit our Get Involved page.



Executive Director: Christine Siller

Program Director: Mary Gillick

Director of Conservation and Land Stewardship: Taro Ietaka

Education Director: Allison Bedosky

Education & Program Coordinator: Jeni Vogel

Development & Education Coordinator: Nicole Pennucci

Garden & Education Coordinator: Courtney Rothaus

Environmental Educator: Eli Schaffer

Environmental Educator: Gennaro Ferarro  



Jennifer Morris



Lea Stevens



Julie Engerran



Susan Giallorenzo



Karen Baker, Past President

Catherine Bischoff

Claudia Hilbert

Lena Mathisson

Benjamin Newland

Hollis O'Rorke

Bill Pearson

Lisa Sandler, Past President

Greg Smith

Todd Smith

Geoffrey Tellion

Davin Thigpen




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