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.




Schooling Animals

Friday, March 9: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Preschool Children Only)

What makes animals stick together? How do fish know which way the school is swimming? What exactly do you call a group of skunks? Discover these answers and more when you meet animals and hike the Nature Center looking for animals that school together.


Wild Wings

Monday, March 19: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Who is faster, a cheetah or a goose? The answer might surprise you as we learn about animals that fly through the sky. Campers will get a chance to meet our dove, learn the secret of fiight, and find out what rules the skies and what just flies!


Cold-Blooded Wonders!

Friday, March 30: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Campers will experience the wild world of amphibians and reptiles. Come meet our friendly snakes, frogs, and lizards as we learn where these critters come from and some of the amazing adaptations that help them survive! Children will look for snakes, salamanders, and turtles laying in the sun by our pond.




The Night Sky

Monday, April 2: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learn about distant stars and where we live in the Milky Way Galaxy. Children will be challenged to analyze sky charts from different times of the year by identifying constellations or connecting dots to make their own! We will create a night sky model and look at the planets within our own solar system.


Insect Central

Tuesday, April 3: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spend the day exploring the Rye Nature Center woods, turning logs, shaking trees, and sweeping shrubs in search of local insects. Find out which come out at night and which thrive during the day.


Water Goes Round

Wednesday, April 4: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Today is all about streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Learn how our local watershed and the Blind Brook are connected to the water cycle and how we can take care of our water supply.


Burrow on Down

Thursday, April 5: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This day is all about the underground world hidden beneath our feet – visit the winding tunnels of a chipmunk bur- row or perhaps get lost in the labyrinth known as an ant colony. Learn how fox- es get the upper hand on rodents and even how trees and fungi can talk!


The Spring Buzz

Friday, April 6: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

With the arrival of spring, our bees are out buzzing again. Learn about the intricate society in which bees live. Explore our indoor observation hive to get a good look at the queen bee as she lays her eggs, wear some of our beekeeper equipment and even try some of our delicious local honey.

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