Public Programs & Family Programs*

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




The Science of Snow akes

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

Every crystal of snow that falls from the sky is unique in its own way. FRNC sta  will explore how the fall- ing snow forms and you will make your own “snow” and snow akes! Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members,

$8/person non-members.




Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon

Saturday, February 2nd, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a 43 year-old Rye tradition! All ages are welcome for an afternoon filled with fun activities such as log sawing contests, fire-roasted marshmallows, hikes, maple sugaring, and fun crafts.

Punch cards available for purchase. Cash only.


Maple Sugaring

Saturday, February 16th & 23rd, 1:00 p.m.

*Please call to reserve your space*

Tap a tree the old-fashioned way! Learn how maple trees produce sap and get a peek at the sugaring process in the Rye Nature Center’s sugar shed. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $10/family members, $15/family non-members.




Migration Madness!

Saturday, March 16th, 1:00 p.m.

It’s that time of year when migra- tion begins! We will be watching our feeders as a variety of song birds migrate through the Rye Nature Center. We will learn how to identify a few of our common local birds and make a bird feeder to take home so you can attract feathered friends to your yard! Suggested for ages 4 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.

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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.

Animals that Lay Eggs

Saturday, March 30th, 1:00 p.m.

Visit with some of our resident animals like snakes, turtles, and birds as we discuss their life cycles. Children will learn how these animals hatch from eggs and change throughout their lives. Suggested for ages 3 and up.$5/person members,$8/person non-members.




Naturalist in Your Neighborhood

Friday, April 26th, 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 TM. 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.


Pond Exploration

Saturday, April 27th, 1:00 p.m.

As spring begins to settle in, our ponds come to life! Be prepared to get dirty as a naturalist accompanies you to one of our many bodies of water with dip nets in tow. We will sort through the muck in hopes of finding fairy shrimp, tadpoles, and even salamanders! Suggested for ages 5 and up.

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




Hike & Seek Evening for 5th and 6th Graders

Friday, May 3rd, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

*Pre-registration required*

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. $10/child.


Shelter Building

Saturday, May 11th, 1:00 p.m.

Make a teepee or lean-to using all-natural materials from the forest like tulip bark, oak branches, and pine needles. We’ll also learn to tie basic knots with natural twine to complete our “forts” and hide inside to spy wildlife. Suggested for ages 7 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.




Family Campout

June 1, 5:00 p.m. - June 2 9:00 a.m.

Stargazing, campfire 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.

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