public field trips & programs


SMRA canoe trip in Constitution Marsh. Photo: Ken Novenstern/SMRA.

Saw Mill River Audubon offers a year-round calendar of public programs and field trips. Our public programs are offered free of charge as part of our environmental education outreach. We do ask for a donation of $5/adult for our public field trips guided by SMRA staff or volunteers. This donation is entirely voluntary and all are welcome on our trips regardless of donation.

about our field trips
Some of our field trips are limited by registration to protect sensitive species and for a more positive experience for the group. Be sure to subscribe to our free, private email list to get early notice of trips that require registration as well as notice of new trips added since our last newsletter. Most of our trips are best suited for ages 10 and up unless otherwise specified. We have binoculars for free loan for any field trip, with notice. If we need to cancel a field trip, we will update our Google calendar, put a message on our office phone (914-666-6503), and send out an update to our private email list. We encourage carpooling and suggest that carpoolers offer to share costs of for gas/tolls with drivers.

You may also be interested to read this Birder's Guide to Field Trips from NJ Audubon.

extended field trips
We often offer one extended weekend trip each season. Recent extended weekend trips have included: Spring Coastal Birding (May, 2014), Winter Birds in Minnesota (February, 2014), Adirondack Winter Birding (2013), Delaware Bay Spring Birding (2012). We also sponsor at least one major birding trip each year to other parts of the United States or to other countries, practicing eco-tourism in our trip planning to support local conservation organizations and habitats. All our extended trips also include a tax-deductible donation to SMRA as part of their cost. Where we have traveled: Cuba (February/March 2016), Trinidad (October 2015), Olympic National Park (May 2015), Belize (March, 2014), Yellowstone (May, 2013), Texas Coast & Hill Country (April, 2012), Costa Rica (March, 2011), Nebraska Cranes (March, 2010), Southeast Arizona (April, 2008), and Trinidad (April, 2007).

our next public program


Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 pm
Discovering Moths: Nightime Jewels in Your Backyard

Meet the beautiful, fascinating, and underappreciated cousins of the butterflies. Chances are that hundreds of species of moths live just outside your door. Moths show an amazing variety of color, shape, and behavior, but since most of them are active at night, we often simply overlook them. Photos taken by the presenter over the last few decades illustrate this enlightening, and often humorous, talk.

Himmelman has written and illustrated many books for adults and children on a wide variety of natural history subjects. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

Free and open to the public. No registration needed.

See more Saw Mill River Audubon upcoming events here.

upcoming events


Birding at Doodletown. Photo: SMRA.