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The Power of Volunteerism

The Power of Volunteerism

During my years in high school I found sanctuary by volunteering weekly to feed the snakes at Teatown. I looked forward to my volunteer time. It kept me busy, I met new people, it gave me the opportunity to learn new things and gain skills and experience.

Fly Free, Sir Walter

Fly Free, Sir Walter

It is with sadness that Teatown says goodbye to Walter, our legendary, Raptor Loop vulture.

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

’Tis the season of change. None more than the change from winter to spring is more anticipated; weary of old snow and brown stalks, I look forward to the start of sugaring season to brighten my days.

The Scoop on Dog Poop

The Scoop on Dog Poop

Our furry four-legged friends are more than just that. They are companions and family. We enjoy sharing activities like walking and hiking with them. Unfortunately, dogs go wherever and whenever they need.

Cindy’s Garden is Getting a Makeover!

Cindy’s Garden is Getting a Makeover!

In 2010, a children’s garden was dedicated to the memory of Cindy O’Hanley, a cherished volunteer Nature Guide and leader of Teatown’s Little Tree Huggers and Knee Hi Nature groups. “Mrs. O” shared her love of nature and, especially, plants with many budding naturalists. By 2018, the wood used to build the raised beds and the bench were succumbing to rot.

The Humble Hackberry

The Humble Hackberry

The common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is an understated and unsung hero of the local landscape. Beautiful, hardy, and beneficial—this tree offers much to the homeowner, city dweller, and wild creatures alike!

Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers

The view from my window shows a season of change. Bees picking up tiny suitcases of pollen drone past, too busy at work to pay me any mind. The butterfly bush attracts great spangled fritillary and monarch butterflies that land and flutter like showy baubles. Before the monarchs move south on their long journey to Mexico, Teatown educators join thousands of other citizen scientist volunteers across the country that catch, tag, and release monarchs as part of Monarch Watch.

A Return to Summer Camp

A Return to Summer Camp

After 25 consecutive years at Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp, first as a camper, then as a counselor and now as health director, 2020 became the summer without camp. As the world struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic, Teatown made the difficult decision to cancel summer camp.

Please don’t feed the ducks

Please don’t feed the ducks

Tossing a few crackers or scraps of bread to a passing duck may seem like a harmless pastime but feeding wildlife has a range of consequences for our feathered friends. Help us keep the wildlife that use Teatown’s waterways happy and healthy by keeping our food out of reach.

Wildflower Woods Wetland Restoration Reveal

Wildflower Woods Wetland Restoration Reveal

Teatown was proud to “reveal” and celebrate the completion of our Wildflower Woods Wetland Restoration Project on July 15, 2021. This multi-year project was the result of a successful collaboration among Teatown stewardship staff, environmental engineering and landscaping professionals, and funders, including the Land Trust Alliance and a generous anonymous donor from the larger Teatown community.