How can I volunteer at the Nature Center?

Animal care volunteers should be at least 15 years old (June-August) and 14 years old (September – May), and able to commit to help on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for a minimum six-week period. Trainings are provided throughout the year.

Help is needed year round to maintain the trails and forest, and also seasonally in the garden. Minors must work in pairs/groups and must be 15 years or older.

Please contact or visit our volunteer page for more information.

Where can I find information about upcoming programs?

You can find information about all of our upcoming programs and events in the public programs section of our website.

Can I host my child’s birthday party at the Nature Center?

We currently offer birthdays for children 3 – 10 years old on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. A complete list of themes and pricing can be found on the birthday page. For additional information please contact

Can my school visit the Nature Center?

The Rye Nature Center offers a variety of school programs designed to meet Science 21 CORE and Next Generation Science Standards. School programs are available upon request. To plan your school’s visit to RNC, please contact

Can I donate my pet to the Nature Center?

The Nature Center receives many inquiries regarding animal donations each year. We do not have adequate space to take additional animals at this time.

When do you sell honey?

If we are lucky enough to harvest honey from our hive, it will be for sale from mid-summer to early fall. The price is $20/jar.

How do I order birdseed through the Nature Center?

Rye Nature Center hosts two birdseed sales each year, one in the fall and the second mid-winter. All birdseed is pre-ordered, arriving for pick-up approximately two weeks later. Birdseed cannot be ordered past the order deadline. For more information, please contact