WEEKEND & Public Programs

*Please note that children need to be accompanied by a caregiver during
family programs unless noted otherwise.

For dates and times for Mommy & Me, Daddy & Me, and
Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs visit our Adult & Me Programs.


Friday, October 4th 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Adults Only! 

Join us for hops, vines, music, and delicious food at our annual fundraiser. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Apple Cidering & Fall Hike 
Saturday, October 12th 1:00 p.m. 

Families will learn about the cidering process and have the chance to press apples, sample cider, and take a seasonal walk. Suggested for ages 4 to 7. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.

Pumpkin Carving & Fall Walk 
Friday, October 25th 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

Join us for an afternoon of fall fun and search our forest for seasonal changes. Program will end with a pumpkin carving and a chance to create a spooky or silly face! Suggested for ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required. $10/pumpkin. 


Founder’s Day Breakfast 
Saturday, November 2nd 10:00 a.m. 

Help us celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Rye Nature Center and discuss its rich history. Campfire breakfast will be served. $10/child, $20/adult. 

Twilight Owl Hike and S’mores 
Saturday, November 16th 4:00 p.m. 

Join us as the sun goes down and the forest comes alive. We will go on a hike in search of nocturnal animals waking from their slumber. We may even see our Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl perching in the pine forest. Hike will conclude with roasting s’mores around the fire. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members. 

Living Off the Land 
Saturday, November 23rd 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for a lesson on how the Woodland Indians lived off the land and used materials for shelters, tools, hunting, and agriculture. We will sample a few foods like cornmeal, squash soup, and maple syrup. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members. 

Turkey Hike 
Saturday, November 30th 1:00 p.m. 

Join an FRNC naturalist as we search for local turkeys in the forest. Suggested for ages 4 to 7. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.  


Mistletoe Magic 
Sunday, December 1st 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Join us downtown to celebrate the start of the joyous holiday season.  

Candle Making Workshop 
Saturday, December 14th 1:00 p.m. 

Join us as we create wonderful decorations for the holiday season. Children and families will make their own candles an assortment of colors to light up your upcoming holidays.
Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.