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 & Camp: Jeni Vogel

Associate Director of Outreach & Volunteers: AJ Johnson

Development & Education Coordinator: Nicole Pennucci

Garden & Adult Education Coordinator: Courtney Rothaus

Early Childhood Education Specialist: Rachael Pothula

Conservation Educator: Gennaro Ferraro  

Horticulturist: Annette Hein

Environmental Educator: Dominique Biondi

Environmental Educator: Kris Karpinia



Jennifer Morris



Greg Smith



Julie Engerran



Susan Giallorenzo



Catherine Bischoff

Rebecca Bruno

Lauren Gallagher

Lena Mathisson

Rob O'Connor

Hollis O'Rorke

Andrew Padovano

Bill Pearson

Todd Smith

Chip Stevens

Geoffrey Teillon

Davin Thigpen




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