Public Programs & Family Programs*

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




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.

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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.

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.


The Science of Snowflakes

Saturday, January 26th, 1:00 p.m.


Every crystal of snow that falls from the sky is unique in its own way. FRNC staff will explore how the falling snow forms and you will make your own “snow” and snowflakes!


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

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