tours are offered at Brinton Brook, Pinecliff and Pruyn Sanctuaries. Bus access
is available only at Pruyn and Pinecliff Sanctuaries.
of the generosity of our members, our sanctuary tours are offered on a sliding
scale, priced to fit your budget. We will not turn away
any group because of inability to pay.
sanctuary tours are scheduled weather permitting. If our schedule allows, we may
be able to reschedule your group on a different day if your tour is cancelled
by weather. We regret that we are not able to pre-schedule rain/snow days.
We reserve the option to decide on tour cancellation
based on our best judgment of trail conditions.
sanctuary tours have been well-received by all ages: preschool through college
students, adult community groups, and seniors. Pinecliff Sanctuary is wheelchair
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by the support of our membership and by other fundraising support, our fees do
not reflect the full cost of our sanctuary tours. However, our tours are also
offered on a sliding scale fee to a limited number of schools and groups unable
to afford this minimal cost. If your group is unable to afford the full costs,
talk with us. No group will be turned away for inability
is requested on the date of the tour by check payable to "Saw Mill River
Audubon" or within 30 days following. Please see below for information on
BOCES funding for schools in northern Westchester.
We strive to schedule our sanctuary tours to suit your time frame and class or
group needs. Sanctuary tours can be offered weekdays or weekends anytime from
dawn to dusk.
For your first choice of dates and times, please contact
our office as soon as possible. Once you have reserved a tour, we will send
you a confirmation letter acknowledging your reservation.
and Class Sizes
Tour sizes are limited to 25. For grades K-2, we require one adult chaperone for
every six students. For grades 3-6, one adult should accompany the group for every
eight students. For grades 7-12, we require one adult per 12 students.
limit tour sizes to offer a higher quality, more enjoyable experience for your
class or organization.
for larger groups of adults are available by request. However, not all tour topics
are suitable for large groups.
suggest scheduling a 30 minute visit for grades PreK through 1 and visiting Pinecliff
Sanctuary only. We recommend 60 to 90 minutes per tour for grade 2 through adult
for visits to Brinton Brook, Pruyn and Pinecliff Sanctuaries.
will tailor the sanctuary tour to suit your class or group needs. Please note
that we presently do not offer restroom or water facilities at our sanctuaries.
Westchester schools are encouraged to investigate the possibility of BOCES funding
for sanctuary tours. We have been grateful to receive Northern Westchester-Putnam
BOCES support for our classroom and outdoor programs for over fifteen years. Please
feel free to contact us if you have questions about this option.
Saw Mill River Audubon Federal Employee Identification Number for BOCES forms
is: 13-6161411. This number should be used in lieu of the Social Security Number
on payment forms.
the case of BOCES funding, we can work with your school office and BOCES to help
process the necessary forms and payments once your school initiates the request
Locations & Topics
tours are offered at Brinton Brook, Pinecliff
and Pruyn Sanctuaries. Pinecliff Sanctuary is wheelchair
accessible with a quarter-mile boardwalk built to the standards of the Americans
with Disabilities Act.
offer general walks introducing the plants, wildlife and habitats of Brinton Brook,
Pruyn or Pinecliff Sanctuaries. We can also focus on the one of the topics below.
distances are adjusted for your group. Please do let us know in advance if your
group or class includes those with special needs and we will plan accordingly.
Explore one of our sanctuaries with a focus on the plants
and animals visible during the current season.
Take a guided bird walk at Pruyn, Brinton Brook, or Pinecliff Sanctuaries.
Use your eyes and ears to see and identify local birds.
Discover the layers of the forest habitats at Pruyn or Brinton
Brook Sanctuaries. Identify local forest plants and animals.
Explore the red maple swamp of Pinecliff Sanctuary. Find out
why wildlife and people need wetlands.
are invited to come to our free public programs and field trips, visit our sanctuaries
and add your voice to ours to protect the natural world. Come, meet us and see,
in person, what we do!
also invite you to consider joining us as a member.
can join Audubon online today
and be billed later for membership.