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 & Land Stewardship: Taro Ietaka
Education Director: Allison Bedosky
Director of Marketing & Development: Karen Baker
Associate Director of Preschool and Camp: Jeni Vogel
Associate Director of Outreach and Volunteers: AJ Johnson
Development & Education Coordinator: Nicole Pennucci
Garden & Adult Education Coordinator: Courtney Rothaus
Early Childhood Education Specialist: Rachael Pothula
Conservation Educator: Gennaro Ferraro
Karen Baker, Past President
Lisa Sandler, Past President