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You are spreading Friends of Rye Nature Center’s (FRNC) mission farther every day.  Because of you, fourth graders at the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck can’t stop talking about a chinchilla named Boo-Boo.  The women from the White Plains YWCA can’t wait for their next garden-to-table cooking experiment.  And the children at the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle just can’t get enough of our mobile NatureStation.  Your generosity and belief in environmental education impacts FRNC’s ability to provide these Nature Access Fund experiences.  


Please save May 17, 2019, for our annual benefit and show your love for nature by pledging your support starting today.  In 2018, contributions to the Nature Access Fund allowed nearly 4,000 people to visit our mobile classroom NatureStation and use its interactive exhibits to learn about wildlife, gardening, the water cycle, and so much more.  This outreach tool has almost tripled the number of underserved people who participate in our free programs.  This year we will reach over 6,000 perople because of your philanthropic investment.


Education and conservation are the heart of our mission.  Your gift will help underwrite this year’s outreach programs including:


  • Interactive lessons for students from the Carver Center and Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle at their locations, in NatureStation, and at our 47-acre preserve.  

  • Hands-on opportunities for The Osborn senior living community and members of Carver Center’s senior program to participate in activities from tree identification and birding lessons to plant pressing and tea making.

  • Empowering projects for low-income women, working professionals, and women in transition at the YWCA Residence in White Plains.  These women have planted, maintained, and harvested a beautiful garden and transformed their hard work into balms, salves, and meals.

  • Weekly exposure to nature for developmentally disabled adults and teens from Arc of Westchester and Cerebral Palsy Westchester.  These participants have the chance to develop skills through animal care, invasive removal, and trail and garden maintenance.

  • Two weeks of summer camp, at no cost, for students living in Manhattan’s poorest communities through the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.  Over the past eleven summers, more than 1,200 children have had the chance to experience nature firsthand, eat healthy food, see wildlife up close, and no matter what, have fun.


Please support us on Friday, May 17, 2019, as we celebrate how imagination combined with conservation and environmental education will impact our future.  With your gift, we can spread smiles and knowledge even further.

Thank you for your generous support!

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