Are you in lower Westchester and want to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors? Don't miss the Rye Nature Center, a fun place to visit for families and individuals.

The center is open each day from dawn to dusk if you simply want to take your kids for a walk, to see the birds, and watch the seasons change. It also offers special fun programs for just about every age group.

Sugar maple shed at the Rye Nature Center Sugar maple shed at the Rye Nature Center


There are many programs that run all year. In February, they celebrated winter with a Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring event, showing tots & adults how to tap trees the way people have done for years.

Now that nicer weather is coming, don't miss out all the programs in March and April. Their spring programs will have you stepping into this sunny season with a big smile on your face. There's something for everyone, whether you want to go to a program with your best friend, or if you want to take the family.

Upcoming events at the Rye Nature Center

March 14th 9:15 a.m.

Daddy & Me Animal Show

Dads are invited to drop-in with their children to enjoy seeing the animals together. $10 for family member $15 for family non-members.

March 14th 10 a.m.

Start Your Own Tomatoes

Discover the many types of tomatoes - not just the one or two you see at the local nursery. Try growing a unique type this year. See a variety of tomatoes and get all of your questions answered to begin the growing season! $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

March 18th 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Animal Care Training

For this program you must be a minimum of 14 years of age. Learn about animal care and volunteering for the FRNC. Please register in advance. No experience is needed. Contact for more information and to register.

March 21st 9:30 a.m.

Spring Equinox Walk

Spring is here! A FRNC naturalist will lead this walk through the forest, showing signs that spring is starting to appear in nature. $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

March 28th 9:30 a.m.

Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs

Children with special needs accompanied by a family member can enjoy hikes, science and fun programs. Contact for more information.

Summer and Spring Vacation Camps at the Rye Nature Center

They also offer weekly classes, special camps for children during school breaks and summer breaks. They are offering spring vacation camps for the following week. Here is a video afrom one of their vacation camps:

In addition to these programs, the Rye Nature Center is a terrific choice if your child is celebrating a birthday and you’d like to have a party with memorable activities. Your child can have a party that features visits with the animals, including Popcorn the Snake, or a naturalist-led hike to search for critters on the center’s property. Or hold a treasure hunt party, learning to read a map and use a compass.

Some parties available only during certain months, such as Garden Parties (April, May and September) and Apple Cidering (September through November). Visit this page to learn more details about their birthday parties:

The Rye Nature Center is located at:

873 Boston Post Road in Rye, NY

Visit or contact them at (914) 967-5150 to learn more about their programs and events.


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