Programs and events
The health and safety of our visitors and event attendees is always Teatown’s primary concern. Please note the following:
- The Visitor Center and restrooms remain closed until further notice. The trails remain open from dawn till dusk. The Visitor Center will open when we are confident that we can do so safely for our staff and visitors.
- In-person programs are resuming in July. We will soon be holding outdoor programs for adults and families, while strictly following mandated guidelines. Programs will be held outdoors. Participants are required to wear face masks, and to practice physical distancing. We now have outdoor restrooms to accommodate program participants.
Teatown needs your support, now more than ever.
To mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, we’ve had to close our Visitor Center and cancel 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.
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Animal Ambassador Virtual Visits
Have Zoom meetings become the way of life for your family or organization? Teatown has the perfect solution to bring a bit of “edu”tainment to your next meeting – a visit from one of our Teatown Animal Ambassadors.
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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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Gallery Reception: From the Schoolyard to the River Beach: A “Nature Girls” Art Exhibit with Strawtown Studio
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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+.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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!Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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!Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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!Find out more »
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: Snakes!Find out more »
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: Bugs!Find out more »
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: Opossums!Find out more »
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: Turtles!Find out more »
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: Weasels (Teatown's ferret animal ambassadors will be standing in for their wild weasel cousins).Find out more »
As the American black bear population grows throughout New York State, sightings have become more common in Westchester County. Join us for a discussion on bear biology, behavior, and best practices as we learn how to peacefully coexist with these remarkable mammals. For adults.Find out more »
Each week join Maggie Pichura, Senior Environmental Educator on rambles on Teatown’s Trails. Each ramble will focus on new topics such as tree identification and lore, wild edibles, forest forensics, and birding basics. For adults.Find out more »