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 $5.00 per person (including children) if not a member.

Upcoming Weekend Neighborhood Nature Programs

Saturday, October 7 – Nature Music Circle 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 14 – Fall Migration Birding 10:00 am
Sunday, October 15  – Nature Journaling 10:00 am
Saturday, October 28 –  Creatures of the Night Halloween Walk- Dusk
Saturday, November 4 – Make Your Own Terrariums 10:00 am
Saturday, November 18 – Draw in the Fall  10:00 am
Saturday, December 2 -Preparing for Winter 10:00 am
Saturday, January 6 -Nature CSI  (what happened here?)  10:00 am
*Registration is required and links will be available shortly on our website


“StoryWalk™” Your Way to Children’s Literacy and Physical Well-being!StoryWalk™

Sheldrake offers this free, fun way to encourage your children to do two things that enhance their development: Reading and Exercise! This is a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (literally a book taken apart and transformed into signs) along the trail that surrounds Shedrake’s Goodliffe Pond.

Stories change according to the season. Most are geared for elementary school children. All walks are self-guided and easy to follow. The route is approximately one-half mile, but your kids will be so busy reading the story they won’t realize how far they’ve walked!

StoryWalk™, a simple way to encourage physical activity and increase reading among youth and families, was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hub-bard Library.