Public Programs & Family Programs*

*Please note that children need to be accompanied by a caregiver during family programs.




Family Campout

Saturday, September 8th at 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m.


Stargazing, camp re stories, roasting marshmallows, and falling asleep

to the sounds of nature are on the agenda. This is the perfect way to introduce your family to the joys of the outdoors while there is still a Starbucks five minutes down the road. Bring your own tent or borrow one of ours. Price includes dinner, breakfast, and a guided hike.


This program is for members only. Limited space. Advanced registration required. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $40/person.


Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday, September 15th, 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.


Join us as we clean up the shore of our local brook.

Contact ajjohnson@ryenaturecenter.org for more information.


Pre-registration required. Suggested for ages 8 and up.

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Mommy & Me

Mondays 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

$10/family members, $15/family non-members


September: 17, 24

October: 1, 15, 22, 29,

November: 5, 19, 26

December: 3, 10, 17  

January: 7, 14, 28

February: 4, 11, 25

March: 4, 11, 18, 25

April: 1, 8, 29

May: 6, 13, 20


Daddy & Me Animal Show

Saturdays 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

$10/family members, $15/family non-members


September 8, October 20, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9,

March 2, April 6, May 4


Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs

Saturdays 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


September 22, October 20, November 17, March 23, April 13, May 18


Program is free, but pre-registration is required by the Friday before class.

Email marygillick@ryenaturecenter.org.


Hike & Seek Evening for 5th and 6th Graders

Friday, September 28th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Join the FRNC team as we play a large, group session of hide and seek in the

RNC forest. Children will be assigned to a team and work together to both hide

and seek the other group. Drop-off program.


Pre-registration required. $10/child.


Apple Cidering and Fall Hike

Saturday, September 29th, 1:00 p.m.


Families will learn about the cidering process, press, sample cider, and take a seasonal walk.


Suggested for ages 4 to 7. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.




Naturalist in Your Neighborhood

Friday, October 5th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Show your town pride by helping Rye become one of New York State’s Community Wildlife Habitats. Free of charge, a Rye Nature Center naturalist will visit your property and provide suggestions on how to make it more welcoming to wildlife.


Contact ajjohnson@ryenaturecenter.org to arrange your visit or for more information.



Friday, October 12th, 7:30 - 10:30 pm


Join us for hops, vines, music, and delicious food at our annual fund- raiser. Must be 21 or older to attend. Rain or Shine. Jeans, lederhosen, and dirndls encouraged!


For more information, visit our Oktoberfest page.


Healthy Yard, Healthy Pets At Pet Pantry Warehouse

Tuesday, October 16th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Find out why the pesticides we use to get rid of weeds and insects may be harming our four-legged companions. Join us for an evening presentation on the health e ects of lawn chemicals upon our family pets and furry friends, and things you can do to keep them safe.


Sponsored by The Rye Sustainability Committee.

This talk will take place at the Pet Pantry Warehouse, 259 Purchase St., Rye, NY 10580.




Living Off the Land

Saturday, November 17th, 1:00 p.m.


Join us for a lesson on how the Woodland Indians lived off the land and used materials for shelters, tools, hunting, and agriculture. We will sample a few foods like corn- meal, squash soup, and maple syrup. Suggested for ages 5 and up.


$5/person members, $8/person non-members.


Turkey Hike

Saturday, November 24th, 1:00 p.m.


Join an FRNC naturalist as we search for local turkeys in the forest.


Suggested for ages 4 to 7. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.



Mistletoe Magic

Sunday, November 25th, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Join us downtown to celebrate the start of the joyous holiday season and explore our new NatureStation!




Hibernation Program

Saturday, December 1st, 1:00 p.m.


Join us as we explore where animals take their winter slumber at RNC. We will hike around the property looking for burrows and hibernaculum that animals maybe be snuggled up in. Please dress for the weather.


Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.


Candle Making

Saturday, December 15th, 1:00 p.m.


Join us as we create wonderful decorations for the holiday season. Children and families will make their own colorful candles to light up the holidays.


Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.