nature skills workshops

During Summer 2020, we will be offering four online nature skills workshops via Zoom. We'll send you the Zoom connection info a day before the workshop, if not sooner. The Birding 101 & Shorebird ID Workshops also offer a follow up small group birding walk -- limited to 6 people, with masks & socially distanced. Select your preferred walk date when you register. These walks are only for those who attend those online workshops.

  • Thursday, June 18,
    7:30 to 9:00 pm
    Westchester Butterflies & Moths (Charlie Roberto)
    Online workshop via Zoom. Join local naturalist Charlie Roberto for a look at our local butterflies and moths. Learn how to ID local species and what plants are important for their survival. Bring your butterfly & moth questions and observations to share in this interactive workshop.

  • Wednesday, June 24
    , 7:30 to 9:00 pm
    * Birding 101 (Anne Swaim)
    Online workshop via Zoom. Presented by SMRA Executive Director Anne Swaim. Learn (or review) the basics of finding and identifying local birds, where to go birding locally and how to grow your birding skills year-round. Good for those brand new to birding. For adults and youth age 8 and older. See below for small group birding walks offered for workshop participants. Bring your bird questions and observations to share in this interactive workshop.

  • Thursday, July 16,
    7:30 to 9:00 pm
    * Shorebird ID Intro/Review (Anne Swaim)
    Online workshop via Zoom. Presented by SMRA Executive Director Anne Swaim. This is an introduction (or review) to identifying shorebirds found in our region. Workshop is best for those who already have some birding experience. For adults and youth age 9 and up. Workshop handouts will be emailed to participants before the online session. See below for small group shorebird walks also offered for workshop participants which will be limited to 6 people/walk. Register early for a walk space!
  • If registering for Shorebird ID workshop on the day of the workshop, Thu 7/16, use this registration link.

  • Thursday, August 20
    , 7:30 to 9:00 pm
    Enriching Habitats for Birds, Pollinators and More (Donna Lassiter)
    In this Zoom workshop, SMRA Garden Coordinator Donna Lassiter will discuss how to create a habitat for birds, bees and a diversity of wildlife by growing native plants. She will showcase species that thrive in a variety of conditions and their benefits for the environment as well as cultural tips for growing them with success.

    * small group birding opportunities will be offered on dates following the Birding 101 & Shorebird ID workshops.

Instead of charging per workshop, we are inviting you
to donate whatever amount seems good to you
for workshops you attend.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to receive the Zoom connection info.

  • If you have further questions, contact us at the SMRA office at 914-666-6503 or by email to
  • Please also be aware that our coverage of SMRA phone and email is limited during our current office closure under the NY Pause regulations.