Family Programs


Sheldrake’s family programs are designed to engage, entertain and help families learn about nature. Join us for monthly Neighborhood Nature programs, seasonal Stoywalk™ installations, or as we participate in local events at libraries, schools and municipalities.

Neighborhood Nature Family Programs

Fun for All!  One or two times per month, Sheldrake offers programs designed for families to get outside and explore the nature in lower Westchester County.  Together with one of our trained Volunteer Environmental Educators, participants will learn about everything from birds to pond insects.  Pre-registration is encouraged, so please register online in advance of the start date.  All programs are FREE for members and $10.00 per person (including children) if not a member.

Upcoming Weekend Neighborhood Nature Programs

Sunday, March 25 – Big Foot Nature Walk 10:00 am
Saturday, April 14 – Staghorn Fern Program  10 :00 am
Saturday, April 21 – Bird Walk with Audubon 8:00 am
Sunday, April 29 – Full Moon Hike 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 5 – Sachet Making (perfect for Mother’s Day) 10:00 am
Sunday, May 6 – Invasive Plant Removal Workshop 10:00 am
Sunday, May 20 – Spirals and Other Forms in Nature for Adults & Teens 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, June 2 – Sachet Making 10:00 am
Saturday, June 9 – Spirals in Nature for Families 10:00 am – 11:30 am
*Registration is required and links will be available shortly on our website

Become a Citizen Naturalist

Members of the Hommocks Middle School have recently begun using an online program to help catalog and identify plant, animal, and insect life of the Hommocks Conservation Area.  The Opportunity Plus Program students, under the guidance of  Sheldrake Environmental Center naturalist Anthony Waring and teachers Justine Wamsley, Dean Kasparek, and Jessica Crysler, are using iNaturalist, to create an ongoing inventory of the area. iNaturalist is a citizen science platform and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students utilize it in their role as citizen scientists, allowing them to connect with the online scientific community.  

To check out what is already on the site, or to add to it, go to iNaturalist, click on projects, enter Hommocks and it will bring you to the site the students are using.

You can access the link here: inaturalist/Sheldrake . You can also download the app. Ultimately, our goal is for this to be a community wide project. We welcome your support, interest, and participation.