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. Children should dress for the weather and bring lunch. Pregistration required. $70/child per day members, $80/child per day non-members.


*Rye City School Parent Teacher Conference Days 

Rye elementary schools will be dismissing children at 11:00 am on October 26, 2016, November 3, 2016, and March 2, 2017 for parent teacher conferences. Children can be dropped off at the

Rye Nature Center for some outdoor fun and adventure.


†Rye Presbyterian Parent Teacher Conference Days 

Rye Presbyterian preschoolers are welcome to join the Nature Center staff for a fun-filled day with plenty of time spent outdoors on October 28, 2016, March 10, 2017, and March 24, 2017.




*STEM Challenge

Tuesday, March 2nd 11:30 am - 3:30 pm


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.


†Maple Sugaring and Tree Exploration

Friday, March 10th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Join us as maple sugaring season comes to an end! Take a peek inside the already hanging pails to see if the sap is flowing and learn to tap one of our sugar maples. Children will become familiar with the sugaring process, taste maple syrup, and learn to recognize some of the trees within the FRNC’s forest.


†Rise and Shine

Friday, March 24th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Look who is waking up after a long winter’s nap. Learn how some animals slow their heartrate to save energy while others bundle up for the long, cold winter. Let’s see who our early risers are!




The Flora Kingdom

Monday, April 10th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


From sweet smelling flowers to fire-proof bark, the world of plants is amazing. Long before people crafted solar panels to power homes and machines, plants were manufacturing energy from sunlight, allowing the Earth to bloom with life. We will learn how different plants evolved through time from ancient ferns to prehistoric conifers and the more recent deciduous trees we find in Rye backyards.


Lakes, Tide-pools, and Brooks...Oh My!

Tuesday, April 11th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Join us as we journey through our local waterways to learn about the interesting animals that live there. Children will visit our pond and brook to discover the birds, reptiles, fish, insects and amphibians that call the water their home. We will investigate how these animals rely on a shared habitat and how people can help strengthen some of our most precious ecosystems.


Scales and Long Tails

Wednesday, April 12th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


We will learn about two fascinating groups of animals, reptiles, and amphibians. What are the differences between them? What are some of the amazing adaptations they have to survive? We will hike in search of local reptiles and amphibians including eastern box turtles and spring peepers. Children will even track tagged box turtles with a radio antenna.


The Power of Ice

Thursday, April 13th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Springtime brings back to the North thousands of migrating birds for the summer. This stop over is the perfect opportunity to see some of these beautiful visitors up close. Bring a quick eye and a sharp ear, the woods are filled with flying delight this time of year!


The Power of Ice

Friday, April 14th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


When an asteroid ended the reign of the dinosaurs, it ushered in the age of mammals. Join us as we learn more about this diverse group of animals and what makes them successful in so many different environments. Children will learn the roles of creatures big and small from chipmunks to bears.


To check availabilty call 914.967.5150 or email nicolepennucci@ryenaturecenter.org.  Download a printable registration form and mail to 873 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580. Only complete registration forms and payments will be accepted to register. No phone registrations accepted.

Registration Now Open!

Registration for our prorgams is fast and simple. Either call or visit the center, or download a printable registration form and mail it with your check to Friends of Rye Nature Center,

873 Boston Post Road, Rye NY 10580.





































Registration Form 2016-17