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?
Starting in May 2021 we are offering new small group walks for youth funded by a gift from the estate of Edward Mertz.

Our Family Nature Explorer Walks will introduce to our Explorer Bags and will be offered in English and Spanish.

For young birders, we are offering guided birding walks at local birding hotspots: Croton Point Park, Marshlands Conservancy and Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

More information and registration at links below:

Mr Lunetta Explorer Bag. Photo:Liza Wallis Marguilles, Snooty Dog Photography [www.snootydog.com]

You may also want to “Check out an Adventure!” by borrowing one of our Mr. Lunetta Explorer Bags available at ten 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

When area schools once again resume inviting guest speakers, we will again offer our popular classroom presentations, tailored for all grade levels: 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.