June Bugs is the Rye Nature Center’s popular program for preschoolers and kindergarteners in those first early days of summer. Children ages 3.5 through 6 years old will connect with nature through outdoor activities, arts and crafts, games, and hands-on ecology lessons. They will spend time on the trails of the Rye Nature Center and get to know our menagerie of animals. With the indoor space available at the Rye Nature Center, June Bugs will run rain or shine.
All children who would like to enroll in the June Bugs program must be 3.5 by the start of the program (born before December 10, 2015). We offer morning and afternoon sessions.
The Morning Program
The morning session runs from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This session is a four hour camp day. Children enrolled in this program must bring a hearty, healthy lunch in a reusable bag. A morning snack is provided by the FRNC.
The Afternoon Program
The afternoon session runs from 1:00–4:00 p.m. This session is a three hour camp day. Children should eat lunch prior to coming to the program. An afternoon snack is provided by the FRNC.
In order to register, parents must have a membership at the Environmentalist level ($100) or higher. Membership must be valid through the program date. You may renew or purchase a membership upon registration. Registration is only available for the full week(s). Only children born before December 10, 2015, may register for June Bugs. All campers must be toilet trained (no pull-ups).
Registration will begin in-person on January 5, 2019. No registrations will be accepted prior to January 5. After January 5, registrations may be mailed in/dropped off to the Nature Center with forms and payment.
Please arrive no earlier than 8:45 a.m. We recommend parking on the street or in the snow field due to limited parking. Our building is just a short walk up the driveway or trail.
Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. Registration will commence thereafter on a first come, first-served basis.
You will be handed a number at the door. You may only hold one number at a time.
If you cannot come in person on January 5, you may send a proxy. Proxies can register children from one household at a time. We recommend proxies register only one family the morning of January 5.
Only complete registration packets will be accepted. A complete registration packet includes:
Registration Form & Emergency Contact
Immunization Record (Current copy is fine.)
Payment (Cash or check only. Credit cards are not accepted.)
We have a high capacity for this program. *We recommend you ONLY come on registration day if you need a morning spot.* Thank you for your cooperation! Please check our Facebook and Twitter feed for details about any registration changes.
Children are divided into groups by age and are led by one naturalist and one or two assistants. All lead staff is certified in first aid, epi-pen administration and CPR. Groups are limited to 16 children to maintain a low child-to-staff ratio. Space is limited for this eco-adventure so reserve your child’s spot early!
For questions about this program, please call FRNC at (914) 967-5150.
No refunds or credits will be given towards other programs, camps, or events if you cancel your enrollment. In the event you need to cancel, a tax receipt will be issued to you indicating that your fee for the program was converted to a charitable donation. Membership is non-refundable. Please check your child’s calendar and schedule carefully prior to enrollment.