Dear friends,

The health and safety of our visitors and event attendees is always Teatown’s primary concern. In light of continuing developments surrounding COVID-19, we have closed the Visitor Center to the public and canceled programs until further notice. The trails will remain open daily, from dawn till dusk.

We hope that in the coming weeks and months, you can find solace at Teatown. While practicing social distancing and keeping apprised of scientific and official advice, we encourage you to come to the preserve, take a walk on the trails, and find comfort in the restorative effects of nature.

Teatown Online

Our education team has been hard at work in putting together digital content across our social media and blog. Please visit our blog for activities to do with kids, mindfulness exercises, and more!

PlantFest

We are disappointed to share with you that this year’s PlantFest festivities have been cancelled.

Our staff and volunteer committee explored the option of holding the sale completely online; but even just handling and distributing plants sold online could be dangerous or unlawful under shifting labor and gathering orders.

We will miss the “country fair” enthusiasm and spirit that we share at this event, and dream of when we will all gather again to make this spring celebration happen! Until then, please support our local farms and businesses for your spring planting needs.

Teatown needs your support, now more than ever.

To mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, we have closed our Visitor Center and cancelled our programs, making it difficult for us to earn the revenue that funds our work.

We welcome you to the preserve and ask you to please give a contribution today. Whether large or small, each donation will help support our staff, maintain our trails, and care for our wildlife ambassadors. Thank you for your support, from all of us at Teatown.

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Registration is required for all programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free for members and $8.00 for non-members.

Online  registration is available until noon the day before the program. Or call to register at 914-762-2912 x110 between 9am–5pm daily.

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Wildflower Island Open Gate Day

August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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The gates of Wildflower Island are open—come stroll the winding paths and enjoy the beauty of Teatown Lake from a different perspective. Ages 10+, no dogs permitted on the island.

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Lake Management Lecture Series: Riparian Restoration

September 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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In this last installment of the Lake Management Lecture Series, we’ll explore the crucial services provided to lakes and rivers by a healthy riparian zone, the transitional zone between the land and the water. Discover why encouraging diverse plant growth along your lake edge will help curb some of the issues discussed throughout the lecture series, including the proliferation of algal blooms and aquatic vegetation. For adults.

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Vanishing Landscapes with Todd Shapera

September 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Join professional photographer Todd Shapera for his presentation, Vanishing Landscapes, which will feature endangered, remote regions from the Yangtze to the Yukon. He’ll also share photography close to home and far away - profiling Cuban farmers, conservation in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, and a four-season project in the Rockefeller Preserve. For adults.

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Wild Mushroom Walk

September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Join Leon Shernoff, respected mycologist and the editor of Mushroom, The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, as he shares his expertise on the role fungi play in our ecosystem on a walk to locate and identify wild mushrooms. For adults.

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Monitoring and Managing Ash Workshop (MaMA)

September 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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The Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) program provides constructive actions for each stage of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) invasion, ranging from pre-invasion to when virtually all an area’s ash have been killed by this invasive beetle. In this free workshop, you’ll learn how to recognize EAB’s signs and mitigate damage, how to manage ash, how to participate in MaMA’s citizen-science projects for ash conservation, and how resistance breeding offers hope for ash’s future.

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Croton Climate Plan: Learning from the Bedford Experience

September 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 United States
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Bedford 2020 leaders will share their experience as we think about how lessons learned can apply to Croton. The Bedford 2020 Coalition had a mission of organizing and leading a community effort to reduce Bedford’s greenhouse emissions 20% by 2020.

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Volunteer Fair

September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Volunteers are an essential part of Teatown. Special events, teen internships, gardeners, guides, and stewards — there is a spot for you at Teatown. Find out what opportunities match your interests at our Volunteer Fair! For everyone.

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Summer Saturday Adventures: Monarchs on the Move

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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The monarch migration is on! Join in as we scout around Teatown’s gardens for monarchs and other butterflies as they say good-bye before cold weather sets in. For families.

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Wildflower Island Open Gate Day

September 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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The gates of Wildflower Island are open—come stroll the winding paths and enjoy the beauty of Teatown Lake from a different perspective. Ages 10+, no dogs permitted on the island.

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Beneficial Bats

September 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Bats are one of the most maligned creatures in the natural world, often portrayed as evil blood-sucking critters. In reality, these amazing mammals play an important ecological role as pollinators and as nature’s pest control squad. We will discuss their special adaptations, dispel myths, and learn ways to conserve this vital species. For everyone.

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A Night in the Woods Gala

September 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Sleepy Hollow Country Club, 777 Albany Post Rd
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 United States
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Join us for A Night in the Woods, our annual fundraising gala. This year's gala will be honoring the Teatown PlantFest Committee, Pace University, IBM, Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, and New York Life Insurance Company.

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Geocaching for Beginners

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Searching for a fun, family-friendly way to exercise your mind and body? Try Geocaching! Grab your smartphone and join us to learn more about this modern-day treasure hunt. For everyone.

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Fairy Homes

September 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Nature’s friends need roofs over their heads! Using natural items found on the forest floor, pinecones, twigs, pebbles, acorns, and more, construct a home for your favorite fairy or gnome to live in. For families.

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Gallery Reception: From the Schoolyard to the River Beach: A “Nature Girls” Art Exhibit with Strawtown Studio

October 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Inspiring for children and adults alike, this creative exhibition highlights the discoveries and art creations of the Nature Girls, through the seasons and over the years. The nature-art captured in this exhibit will further inspire the visitor to see the beauty of the Hudson Valley through a new artistic lens.

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Book Reading: Writing Nature with Larry Weaner

October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Dr
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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Larry Weaner is an icon in the world of ecological landscape design, and now his revolutionary approach is available to all gardeners. Garden Revolution shows how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful gardens that buck much of conventional gardening’s counter-productive, time-consuming practices.

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At the Tideline

October 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center, 299 Palmer Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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The Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow has a great beach for discovery. Join a Teatown educator on a scavenger hunt as the tide goes out to find shells, feathers, beach glass, and more. What wonders can be created from the items left behind? For Everyone.

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National Reptile Awareness Day

October 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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People either love reptiles or despise them! Let’s celebrate them by meeting a few of Teatown’s more exotic reptile ambassadors for a look into what makes reptiles so special and necessary in the natural world.
For everyone.

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Nocturnal Animals

October 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Halloween is almost here – it’s time to learn about the animals that are out about at night! For families with children ages 5+.

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The Poet’s Flora

November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Although the blooms of summer have long faded, wildflowers surround us with their beauty in our daily lives through poetry, drama, music, and paintings. Join Julie Woodward, a Wildflower Island guide and avid woodlands adventurer, as she brings us on a colorful and entertaining exploration of Teatown’s wildflowers in the arts. For adults.

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Feathered for Flight

November 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Imagine if you could fly by flapping your arms up and down! Sounds simple but it’s not! Feathers are amazing in their diversity—size, color, and function. Meet one of Teatown’s feathered ambassadors and learn how feathers make a bird! For everyone.

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The Facts on Climate Change

November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 United States
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This presentation is a live in-person educational discussion of the essential facts we need to know to understand global warming and climate change, including the role humans play compared to nature, the current and future consequences and their projected timeline, viable clean energy options to fossil fuels, and finally, specific actions that we can take both as groups and individually to mitigate the damage and protect future generations.

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Seasonal Nature Art Workshop: From Green to Gold

November 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Join Strawtown artists and Teatown educators as we look closely at this in-between time of year.  We will explore nature outdoors, look for gold, silver, and other changes in color and texture of trees and plant skeletons. Then we’ll gather natural materials for art-making: twigs, leaves, seeds, nuts, and more.  Indoors we will work with a variety of sculptural materials, like wire, strings, and metallic embellishments to create a seasonal work to take home! For ages 5+.

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Family Animal Adventures: Amazing Senses

December 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Rabbit ears, owl eyes, coyote nose: come ready to test your senses against these amazing animals’ senses! For families with children 5 years old and up.

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CSI: What Remains?

December 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Bones have been found along the trail—there’s a mystery at Teatown! Join in on the investigation as we try to discover what happened and who did it! For the family.

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Gallery Reception: Fragile Waterways–Protecting What We Love

December 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Join us for a gallery reception celebrating the work submitted by our community to raise money for the Croton River Stewards Fund, an initiative to hire NY-NJ Trail Conference stewards who will engage with visitors on the Croton River and encourage appropriate ways to enjoy this beautiful but increasingly popular destination.

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Pre-Count Bird Census

December 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Join Charlie Roberto as he takes to the roads to locate birds before the Christmas Bird Count! Be prepared to drive/carpool. Meets at Teatown. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. For adults.

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Christmas Bird Count

December 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Celebrate nature this holiday season by helping Teatown educators in this important census to count wintering birds. The information gathered is compiled and sent to The National Audubon Society which uses the information to monitor trends in populations and other conservation issues that impact avian health. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars. For adults.

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Decorate a Tree for Wildlife

December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Join us for a Teatown holiday tradition that celebrates nature’s gift to us by creating decorations with goodies for the birds, squirrels, and other wildlife. For families.

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Holi-Daze Mini Camp

December 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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The holidays are here and school’s out, but nature is in! Come for a day, or two or more of fun in the outdoors. There will be hiking, crafts, and enough adventure to keep your child busy and active throughout the holiday season.

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Hike In The New Year

January 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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New Year’s resolutions often include getting fit—what better way to greet the New Year and engage in physical exercise than on Teatown’s trails? For adults.

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Winter Birds Along The Hudson

January 11 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Echo Boat Launch, Veterans Plaza
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
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The cold weather and open water of the Hudson and Croton Rivers bring many birds to Croton Point Park. Eagles expected! Co-sponsored with Saw Mill Audubon. For everyone.

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Film Screening: Bird of Prey at the Ossining Public Library

January 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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In preparation for EagleFest, Teatown and the Ossining Public library are proud to present a free screening of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's new film, Bird of Prey! For everyone.

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Scat!

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Let’s hear it for all the ways that animals leave something behind! Every animal poops and their poop is called scat. It comes in different shapes and sizes, let’s leave it at that! For families.

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Gallery Reception: 12 Months of Nature with Ed Mertz

January 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Ed has been an unwavering supporter of Teatown, and we are proud to announce his upcoming exhibit and reception. Please join us in celebrating Ed's goal: to encourage people to get out, enjoy and appreciate nature, and work on saving the Earth for future generations.

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Animal Adventures: Warm Up With Mammals

January 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Come out of the cold and warm up as we see how mammals cope in winter’s frosty temperatures. For everyone.

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Year Of The Rat

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Come meet some of the animals in the rodent family as we celebrate the Year of the Rat!
For everyone.

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Tracks And Traces

February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Even though it’s cold outside, many animals are busily searching for food. Follow the traces left behind and see who has been active in Teatown’s woods. For everyone.

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Ground Hog Day!

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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The ground hog is leaving clues for you to find around Teatown. Join in the quest as we search and discover the whereabouts of this wily critter. For everyone.

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Teatown Hudson River EagleFest

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Croton Point Park, 1 Croton Point Ave
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
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The bald eagle’s return to the Hudson Valley after being on the brink of extinction is one of the great conservation success stories of our time. Join us at Croton Point Park as our region’s bald eagles descend upon the Hudson River as part of their winter migration. Celebrate the return of this magnificent bird with live bird-of-prey shows, educators with viewing scopes observing wild eagles, children’s activities, food trucks, and 25+ environmental organizations — all in heated tents!

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Volunteer Training: Amphibian Migrations & Road Crossings

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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On rainy nights on the cusp of spring, an amphibian’s natural clock sends out the alarm that it’s time to migrate to vernal pools and begin the breeding process. Teatown educators patrol the roads surrounding Teatown, monitoring the small and slimy as they attempt to cross the road, reporting their findings to the NYS DEC Amphibian Monitoring Program. Be part of Big Nights by attending this information session. For adults.

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Romance by Lantern Light

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Bring your sweetie and bundle up for a lantern-lit stroll on the Lakeside Trail to Teatown’s boathouse where we will view the starlit sky and indulge in sweet treats and warm drinks before heading indoors. Adults only! Please dress for the weather with appropriate footwear. For adults.

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Winter Mini Camp

February 17 @ 9:00 am - February 21 @ 3:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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Shake off the winter blues at Teatown! The week will be filled with games, crafts, and outdoor activities to energize the housebound child. Come for a day, or two or more of fun in the outdoors.

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Animal Adventures: Leapin’ & Hoppin’

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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On this day animals that leap and hop take center stage. Come see what makes a hoppin' good time at Teatown. For everyone.

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General Interest Meeting: Hudson River Estuary Eel Project

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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American eels are migratory fish that are hatched in the Atlantic Ocean and enter rivers as tiny “glass eels” each spring. The species is in decline over much of its range, and baseline studies are needed for conservation. Teams of citizen scientists collect glass eels using nets and traps in over a dozen Hudson River tributaries from Staten Island to Troy. Teatown educator Marie Roche will explain how juvenile fish are counted, weighed, and released to better upstream habitats, often above dams, and how you can help protect this critical species by joining the Eel Project as a volunteer. For adults.

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Eagles Out!

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Echo Boat Launch, Veterans Plaza
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
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Meet at the Echo Bay Boat Launch in Croton and continue to sites along the Hudson to view eagles and waterfowl. Be prepared to carpool. For everyone.

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Film Screening: Call of the Forest

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 United States
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Take a walk in the woods with acclaimed Irish-Canadian scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet. For everyone. Program takes place at the Croton Free Library.

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Webinar: Introduction to Lake Management: Algae

April 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Algae: that thin, slimy layer of green muck whose persistence is enough to make you want to drain the lake altogether. But what is algae anyway? Join Teatown's Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Lindsay Yoder, for Part 1 of our Introduction to Lake Management Webinar Series!

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Virtual book discussion: Nature’s Best Hope

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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In this new book, Tallamy shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. Join us for an interactive virtual discussion on Tallamy's new book.

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Webinar: Lake Management Lecture Series: Aquatic Vegetation

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Ah, aquatic plants. Love them or hate them, our lakes need vegetation to sequester nutrients, lock sediments in place, provide food and nursery habitat for wildlife, and shelter from predators. In some cases, there can be too much of a good thing. From nuisance natives to invasive species, join us for Part 2 of our Introduction to Lake Management Lecture Series to discover a new appreciation for aquatic plants, what happens when there are too many, and how to manage them.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Owls

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Each Wednesday at 1pm, children ages 5+ are invited to join us for an interactive virtual program featuring Teatown’s animal ambassadors. Children will have the opportunity have their questions answered by Teatown's educators. This Wednesdays theme: Owls!

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