Coming Up: Winter Activities at Sheldrake Environmental Center

20 Jan, 2014

By Joyce Newman, Environmental Reporter

Blue Jay by Jim Sutherland

Blue Jay by Jim Sutherland

The Neighborhood Nature and Young Explorers programs, which started last fall at Sheldrake Environmental Center, aren’t taking a break in winter.  Participants in the Neighborhood Nature program visit local sites that have become familiar to thousands of schoolchildren who participate in Sheldrake trips. There are midweek sessions for adults or Saturday programs for the whole family including:

  •  Animal Tracks and Signs (for all ages) – Saturday, 1/25, 10-11:30am  –Learn how to identify tracks and other signs of local wildlife, and venture outside to find them on the trails at the Larchmont Reservoir. Come back to the nature center to warm up with hot chocolate!

  •  Winter Trees at Sheldrake River Trail (for adults) – Tuesday, 2/11, 9:30-11am–Winter is a great time to learn how to identify trees by looking at buds, bark and branches.  Explore the magnificent trees on this beautiful trail. After this walk, you’ll see your own trees with new eyes!

  • Micro-World at the Nature Center (for adults) – Thursday, 3/6, 9:30-11am–The world looks different under a microscope! In the nature center’s microscope lab, you’ll look at the veins in a dragonfly’s wings, a yellowjacket’s stinger, and some living organisms from the pond.  If you want, you can bring your own specimens to examine!

  • Signs of Spring at the Larchmont Reservoir (for all ages) – Saturday, 3/15, 10-11:30am With the vernal equinox less than a week away, the natural world is starting to stir. Join a Sheldrake naturalist on the trail and look for swelling buds, migrating birds, and other signs that spring is approaching.

  • Young Explorers  for pre-school children ages 4 and 5, is back by popular demand this winter and… lasts through June.

Neighborhood Nature is free for Sheldrake members. Non-members pay $10 for adults, $5 for children, for each program.

For more information or to rsvp, contact Jenny at 914-834-1443 or

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