Vacation Camps & Workshops

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.




Apple Cidering

Monday, September 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Every fall, we enjoy the annual apple harvest in a number of ways. FRNC’s favorite is crushed, squeezed, and in a cup. Children will examine the life cycle of an apple and learn how it can be turned into sweet apple cider. They will get a firsthand look at the cidering process as they see our cider press up close.


Honey: The Original Liquid Gold

Tuesday, September 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Come learn about the amazing world of the honeybee. From one hard-working queen comes an army of sisters and pounds of honey. Chil- dren will observe the inner workings of a hive and get the chance to wear a beekeeper’s protective gear.


Which Tree Is That?

Wednesday, September 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Oak, maple, tulip, sycamore–can you tell the di erence? Come and explore our local forest and learn how to differentiate between the many leaves and seeds on the RNC grounds. Children will even learn which tree resembles a ghost!




Where Did All the Monarchs Go? *PRESCHOOL ONLY*

Friday, October 26th, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Not everyone sticks around Rye for the winter. Children will explore the life cycle of a monarch butterfly, follow their journey to California and Mexico for the cold months, and learn how monarchs return to the same trees each winter to hibernate.




What’s in Your Compost?

Tuesday, November 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


What can we do with those table scraps? Children will learn that some materials can be composted while others cannot. We will also explore the critters that live in the compost bins and how they help create rich soil.


Schooling Animals

Monday, November 12th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Why do animals stick together? How do  sh know which way the school is swimming? What do you call a group of skunks (besides stinky)? Discover these answers and more when you meet the Nature Center’s animals and hike our trails in search of schooling creatures.


The Land of Dinosaurs *Elementary Students Only*

Thursday, November 15th 11:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.


Join us as we learn which dinosaurs roamed the City of Rye. We will examine large and small fossils and learn about prehistoric times.

Registration Now Open!

To check availabilty call 914.967.5150 or email nicolepennucci@ryenaturecenter.org.  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.



































Registration Form 2016-17