When school is closed for a day or a week, our workshops and vacation camps offer hands-on time outside and endless possibilities for adventure. Workshops and vacation camps are for children in preschool through fifth grade, unless noted otherwise. Children should dress for the weather and bring lunch. Pre-registration required. $70/child per day members, $80/child per day non-members. See dates below for specific times.
How Much Can You Squeeze?
Thursday, September 21: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Children will examine the life cycle of an apple and learn how it can be turned into sweet apple cider. Children will get a first-hand look at the cidering process as they get up-close with the cider press, and learn how the machine works to crush, press, and squeeze the apples.
Creatures of the Night
Friday, September 22: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
As the days continue to shorten and the nights lengthen, our chances of seeing nocturnal animals increases. Children will learn about a few local nocturnal animals including owls, bats, and even Eyed Click-Beetles. We will take a walk to our pine forest in hopes of seeing a Great-Horned Owl asleep above. We will examine how animals see, hunt, and survive in dark hours of the night.
Wednesday, October 18: 11:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(Elementary School Children Only)
Children will get a chance to use materials from nature and learn to build their own fire with the help of our staff. They will learn how to light a fire without any matches and what happens when the wood gets wet. The day will end with marshmallows and stories around the campfire.
Thursday, October 26: 11:15 – 3:15 pm
(Elementary School Children Only)
Witches use some pretty gross ingredients for their spells, and we are going to check each one out! We will flip logs looking for spiders, go to the pond in search of frogs, and spend some time in our mud kitchen creating our own concoctions in preparation for Halloween.
As They Fly South
Friday, October 27: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(Preschool Children Only: 3.5 – 6 years)
As animals begin to prepare for the winter season, children will learn how birds and butterflies begin their migration to warmer climates in order to survive the winter freeze. Children will examine the migration patterns of various bird species and monarch butterflies. They will learn what birds and butterflies do at each stop along the way and how these flying friends know it is time to head south for the season.
Tuesday, November 7: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us on Election Day as we elect an Rye Nature Center animal president! We will learn about how animals adapt to their local environment, create campaign slogans about each candidate’s special strengths, and use the democratic process to vote for the strongest leader amongst them all.
Why Does That Leaf Have Spikes?
Friday, November 10: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wait! Don’t touch that! Children will examine how plants have adapted to defend themselves from hungry predators. They will examine common local species including holly trees, wineberry bushes, catbrier, and many more.
STEM Challenge Day
Wednesday, December 27: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Put on your jacket and bundle up as we are heading out to our STEM challenge course! Children will develop team-building skills as they work together to balance our whale watch, fit through our honeybee hive, and pump water through our log fume.
Water in Winter
Thursday, December 28: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
What does our pond look like in the winter? Join us as we explore what occurs beneath the ice during the winter. Children will learn how frogs drop their body temperature and bury themselves in the mud beneath the pond to survive the cold.
All That Evergreen
Friday, December 29: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
While most trees lose their leaves for the winter, there are a few that do not. Those are the evergreens! How do they do it? Children will learn the adaptions that allow evergreens to conserve water and survive during a white winter. Children will collect samples of various evergreens including pine, spruce, and holly to examine and identify.
Thursday, February 8: 11:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(Elementary Children Only)
Join us as we learn how to track animals in the winter. Footprints, scat, and broken nuts are all signs that an animal has been around. Learn which animals are active at the Nature Center all winter, and see if you can track them down in the woods.
Sweets for Your Sweet
Tuesday, February 13: 11:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(Elementary Children Only)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Join us as we tap a tree and learn the process of making sweet maple syrup. Children will get a chance to visit the maple sugaring shed where they will try out our evaporator.
Dinosaurs at the RNC
Friday, February 16: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venture back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Children will learn to identify common dinosaurs by name and search for clues that dinosaurs once ruled Rye.
Tuesday, February 20: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Was Rye once covered by a glacier? Join us as we search the ground for clues that Rye itself used to be covered in ice. Children will examine our rock formations and striations within the rocks to learn how Rye was once part of the ice age.
Can You Survive in the Snow?
Wednesday, February 21: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
People have lived in the extreme cold for thousands of years. Children will venture out in the snow to learn how to stay warm in the cold. From igloos to snow caves, we will explore how to make a shelters in the winter.
Thursday, February 22: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Who can get ice to melt the fastest? Can you create your own tornado? Put on your lab coat, goggles, and thinking caps as we spend the day testing various science experiments and putting your chemistry skills to work!
Where is that Treasure Hidden?
Friday, February 23: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
There is a treasure hidden in the Rye Nature Center woods. Children will learn to use a compass, read a map, and solve riddles in order to locate the treasure.
To check availabilty call 914.967.5150 or email email@example.com. To register download a printable registration form and mail to 873 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580. Please fill out a separate form for each child. Only complete registration forms and payments will be accepted to register. No phone registrations accepted.