Public Programs & Family Programs*

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




Family Campout

Saturday, September 9 (5:00 p.m.) – Sunday, September 10 (9:00 a.m.)

Back for another season! Stargazing, campfire stories, roasted marshmallows,

and falling asleep under the stars to the calls of crickets and owls are on the

agenda. This is the perfect way to introduce your spouse and children to the joys

of the outdoors while still having a Starbucks within a five-minute drive. Includes

dinner, breakfast, and a guided hike. Bring your own tent or borrow one of ours.

Advanced registration required. This program is for members only. Suggested

for ages 5 and up. $40/person. PROGRAM FULL


Coastal Clean-up Day

Saturday, September 16

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us as we clean up the shore of our local brook. Pre-registration required.

Contact ajjohnson@ryenaturecenter.org for more information. Suggested for

ages 8 and up.


Hike & Seek Evening for 5th and 6th Graders

Friday, September 29

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 30

1:00 p.m.

Families will learn about the cidering process, press some apples of their own,

sample cider, and take a seasonal walk. Suggested for ages 4 to 7 years.

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




Naturalist in Your Neighborhood

Friday, October 6

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Show your town pride by helping Rye become the second Community Wildlife Habitat™ in the state of New York. Your role is to make your property more welcoming to wildlife and we can help. A Rye Nature Center naturalist will visit your property, identify weeds, wildlife needs, and offer suggestions on making your yard a Certified Wildlife Habitat™. Get your neighbors to do it too! Program free. Pre-registration required. Contact taroietaka@ryenaturecenter.org for more information.  



Friday, October 13

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Join us for hops, vines, music, and delicious food at our annual fundraiser.




Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em: Leaf Mulching Workshop

Friday, November 3

9:30 a.m.

Join us for an interesting event on how to save money and make your yard healthy and beautiful. Hosted in conjunction with the Friends of the Rye Sustainability Committee, this free workshop is sponsored by Sustainable Westchester.


STEM Challenge Course

Saturday, November 18

1:00 p.m.

Join us for some team building using science, technology, engineering, and math on our Con Edison STEM Challenge Course. We will learn how a water pump works, collaborate with teammates to build earthquake-proof structures, and see who can cross our equilibrium shuffle the fastest.

Suggested for ages 6 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.


Turkey Hike

Saturday, November 25  

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 26

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Join us downtown to celebrate the start of the joyous holiday season.




Science of Snowflakes (Description from AJ)

Saturday, December 9  

1:00 p.m.

Every crystal of snow that falls from the sky is unique in its own way. Join FRNC staff to explore how the snow falling from the sky forms, and make your own “snow” and snowflakes! Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.


Candle Making

Saturday, December 16  

1:00 p.m.

Join us as we create wonderful decorations for the holiday season. Children and families will get to make their own colorful candles that can be used during the holidays or all year round. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.

2017-2018 Program Guide

Now Available!

Registration Form 2016-17

Mommy & Me

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

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


September: 18, 25

October: 2, 16, 23, 30

November: 6, 13, 20, 27

December: 4, 11, 18

January: 8, 22, 29

February: 5, 12, 26

March: 5, 12, 19, 26  

April: 9, 16, 23, 30

May: 7, 14, 21


Daddy & Me Animal Show

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

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


September 9, October 21, November 4, December 2, January 20, February 10,

March 3, April 14, May 5  


Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs

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


September 23, October 21, November 18, March 17, April 21, May 19  



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

Email marygillick@ryenaturecenter.org.