youth programs

Young birders on a SMRA guided field trip to Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Photo: SMRA/Anne Swaim
Young birders on a SMRA guided field trip to Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Photo: SMRA/Anne Swaim

Since our beginning, Saw Mill River Audubon has had a commitment to offer environmental education to children and youth

What’s New?

  • Free school field trips are resuming in Fall 2021! Free Audubon-guided field trips, with bus costs reimbursed, are once again available to visit Rockefeller State Park Preserve under New York State’s Connect Kids to Parks program.
    Find out more
  • Lunetta Explorer Bags are now available at 11 Westchester libraries! For adults and youth.
    See below!
Mr Lunetta Explorer Bag. Photo:Liza Wallis Marguilles, Snooty Dog Photography [www.snootydog.com]

“Check out an Adventure!” by borrowing one of our Mr. Lunetta Explorer Bags available at eleven local libraries. These are good for children and adults. The bags have a wealth of ideas for exploring nature PLUS two pairs of binoculars and other nature study tools. Read more here.

classroom programs

Young scientist exploring nature objects during a SMRA classroom program. Photo: SMRA/Anne Swaim
Young scientist exploring nature objects during a SMRA classroom program. Photo: SMRA/Anne Swaim

Our experienced educators visit area classrooms to offer hands-on programs about local birds, other wildlife and habitats. Our most popular classroom presentations, tailored for all grade levels are: Westchester Birds, Westchester Mammals, Birding 101 and Raptors for Rookies.

Classroom program exploring birds and their feathers. Photo: SMRA/Pat Mutolo
Classroom program exploring birds and their feathers. Photo: SMRA/Pat Mutolo

Please that our classroom programs do not use live animals but, instead, we offer multimedia explorations of the topic along engaging hands-on learning activities.

youth field trips

Pinecliff-Field-Trip

Our most popular guided field trip for students is at our Pinecliff Sanctuary for either a seasonal exploration walk or a pond study, including collection and release of tadpoles and other aquatic life. Pinecliff also offers a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk able to accommodate students of varied mobility.

Contact our office to inquire about scheduling and sliding-scale pricing for our guided school and youth field trips.

We also partner with New York State Parks to offer guided field trips to Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

Under the NYS Connect Kids to Park grant program, both your busing costs and the Audubon program fees can be completely covered, with no charge to your school!

Download our Connect Kids to Park flyer to learn more.