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
Education Director: Allison Rogers
Program Director: Mary Gillick
Director of Strategic Initiatives: AJ Johnson
Associate Director of Preschool & Camp: Jeni Vogel
Associate Director of Forest Education: Henry Myers
Associate Director of Development: Nicole Pennucci
Environmental Educators: Emily Embick, Katie Jamer, Kris Karpinia, Clio Walton
Early Childhood Education Specialist: Rachael Pothula
Outreach Educator: Siobhan Prout
Land Steward: Chris Hendershot
Conservation Educator: Andrew Middlebrook
Horticulturist: Annette Hein