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Winter Tree ID Hike March 19 ~South Salem, NY~

No leaves, no problem—become a winter dendrology pro! Join our Director of Stewardship Brendan Murphy for an easy stroll through the Leon Levy Preserve. Enjoy the wintry landscape of this beautiful preserve that WLT helped protect (and holds the conservation easement on) and learn techniques for identifying trees in winter. About 1 mile on easy-moderate terrain.

SOURCE: https://westchesterlandtrust.org

Location: Leon Levy Preserve, 2-50 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY

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Westchester County Home Composter & Rain Barrel Spring Sale DEADLINE April 20 ~Peekskill, Scarsdale, & White Plains, NY~

Westchester County and the Greenburgh Nature Center are excited to offer backyard compost bins and at deep discounts. The pick-up date is Friday April 23rd at the Nature Center from 10 am -2 pm & April 24th in Saxon Woods from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or Depew Park in Peekskill from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please email Lindsay Lcohen@greenburghnaturecenter.org if you need to arrange for an alternative pick up time. Thank you for your participation!

Pick Up Locations & Time:

Please indicate your pickup location upon selecting your individual items.

Greenburgh Nature Center, Manor House
Friday, April 23, 10 AM – 2 PM
99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
http://www.greenburghnaturecenter.org

Saxon Woods Park
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
1800 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
https://parks.westchestergov.com/saxon-woods-park

Peekskill, Depew Park
Saturday, April 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
Depew Court (Veteran’s Memorial Pool), Peekskill, NY 10566

Please note: You must place your order by Tuesday, April 20.

A composting expert will be available at each location to demonstrate and answer questions about composting.

SOURCE: https://westchestercompostersale.ecwid.com

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Amphibian Walk March 26 ~Pound Ridge, NY~

Along with searching for frogs and salamanders and their eggs, we will learn how to identify different frog calls, discover what makes amphibians unique, and find the perfect vernal pool habitat on a hike after dark. Bring a flashlight and wear your flashiest and brightest springtime duds!

SOURCE: https://westchesterlandtrust.org

Location: Zofnass Family Preserve, 245 Upper Shad Road, Pound Ridge, NY

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Virtual: Backyard Wildlife: Bat Conservation March 10

A look into the bat species that call Westchester home, their roles in our local ecosystems, and how to live alongside these fabulous creatures. Program includes information on the unique challenges North American bats are facing, and how to select and install bat boxes.

SOURCE: https://www.teatown.org

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Virtual: Contemporary Arab Cinema Film Series March 3-10

Admission to the series will be sold either as an all-access pass or à la carte, available in the JBFC Virtual Marquee. Pricing is $65 (members), $75 (nonmembers) for the all-access pass or $10 (members), $12 (nonmembers) per film. All films will be available to stream for the entire length of the series; films will become available at 10:00am on March 3 and will be open to stream for a week until 11:59pm on March 10. Once a film is started, pass holders will have 48 hours to finish, regardless of when in the series they start the film. Certain films in this series can and may sell out, so we encourage ticket and pass purchasers to secure their access by unlocking their films ASAP.

Click link below to see film trailers.

SOURCE: https://burnsfilmcenter.org

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resourcED is a program to strengthen local food systems FOOD BOX pickup locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan & Tarrytown, New York

What would it look like if out-of-work cooks around the world dug in and built a garden?

Two months ago, three cooks from Blue Hill at Stone Barns—Pruitt Kerdchoochuen, Bronson Petti and Chuan-Chieh Chang—did just that. They started three kitchen gardens by ripping up three lawns. Stone Barns farm director, Jack Algiere, guided them by speaking their language: he created a step-by-step recipe, from sod-busting to seed selection.

They shared the recipe with cook friends, who shared it with cook friends, and suddenly it snowballed—now thousands of line cooks from across the world are following along and cultivating their own kitchen gardens: from the Philippines to Egypt, Colombia to Canada, and New Zealand to Norway.

So we’ve put a name to this. The Kitchen Farming Project will follow Pruitt, Bronson and Chuan, the out-of-work Blue Hill chefs—and everyone else around the world who digs in with us—as they confront the challenges and experience the pleasures of growing their own food.

And we’re betting that the journey—from seed to plate—will tell the story of a new food future.

What if a generation of cooks and eaters emerge from isolation never looking at an ingredient list—or a farmer—in the same way again? What if we redefined our role in the food system, not as end users, but as engaged participants from farm to table.

What if you joined them?

We are asking you—cooks, bartenders, bakers, butchers, and anyone who loves to eat—to join us. Let’s dig in and write the recipe for the future of food. Real revolutions begin in the soil.

To book a resourcED pickup please select your location:

  • Tarrytown
  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn

SOURCE: https://www.resourcedny.com

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Westchester County Parks Taking Picnic Reservation ~New York~

Outdoor picnicking will return to County parks this year. The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation is now taking reservations for the upcoming months.

Picnicking, including outdoor pavilions, is allowed at the following parks:

  • Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill
  • Croton Gorge, Cortlandt
  • Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
  • George’s Island Park, Montrose
  • Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
  • V.E. Macy Park, Irvington
  • Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale
  • Saxon Woods Park, White Plains
  • Sprain Ridge Park, Yonkers
  • Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
  • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
  • Willson’s Woods Park, Mount Vernon

To make a reservation call the permit office at (914) 231-4575, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SOURCE: https://parks.westchestergov.com

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Spring Conservation Camp Beginning March 30 ~Mount Kisco, NY~

Camp will involve experiencing the outdoors in ways that ultimately build connections with nature and teaches kids how they can both have fun in and protect their local environment.

SOURCE: https://www.westmorelandsanctuary.org

Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, NY

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Conservation Corps Volunteer Opportunity Day March 20 ~Mount Kisco, NY~

These are a great opportunity to help with Westmoreland’s conservation efforts and to learn about conservation and wildlife. These are also great for students who need community service hours. These work days are open to all volunteers ages 14 to adults.

SOURCE: https://www.westmorelandsanctuary.org

Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, NY

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Maple SugarFest 2021 March 13 ~Mount Kisco, NY~

Explore the harvesting and processing techniques used by the Native Americans and early colonists. Please come relive what it was like to make maple syrup in the 1800s and learn about the biology behind it! Discover the internal and external factors that contribute to sap production unique to North American Sugar Maple Trees.

SOURCE: https://www.westmorelandsanctuary.org

Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, NY

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FREE Guided Nature Hike March 7, 14, 21 & 28 ~Mount Kisco~

All hikes will meet in the Nature Center and be guided by one of our professional naturalists. See Westmoreland like never before and learn about our diverse, native wildlife and vibrant ecosystems. Please be sure to bring masks, water, and a love of the outdoors!

SOURCE: https://www.westmorelandsanctuary.org

Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, NY

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Adult Workshop: Tealight Candleholders Workshop March 27 ~Rye, NY~

Use easy paper folding and cutting to make stunning tealight candle holders! (LED candles only.) All materials and one LED tealight candle will be provided. Space is limited. Registration required.

SOURCE: https://www.ryeartscenter.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye, NY

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Make a Sloth with Polymer Clay Workshops for Ages 5-12 March 20 ~Rye, NY~

Make a curious sloth and dress it up! Using polymer clay you will learn how to make simple shapes with clay and put them together to form a cute sculpture.

SOURCE: https://www.ryeartscenter.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye, NY

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Applications open for owners or managers of property near a stream in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed to receive FREE native trees DEADLINE March 1

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that their Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program is accepting applications for spring stream-side planting projects. Anyone that owns or manages property near a stream in the Hudson River Estuary watershed is eligible to apply for free native trees and shrubs.

If a project is selected, the applicant must recruit volunteers for planting and maintain the site after the planting is complete. With certain projects, DEC staff may assist with plant selection, planting plan, site preparation, and other assistance to help projects succeed. The Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery provides the plants, which are native, New York seed-sourced riparian species, ideal for flood and erosion prone areas.

SOURCE: https://www.newyorkalmanack.com

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“A Scientist Visits the Mansion” Middle School Writers’ Competition DEADLINE June 14 Open to the Students in the NYC Tristate Area

The competition is open to all middle school students sixth through eighth grade in the Tristate area.

Participants will be tasked to write a story of a fictional event taking place at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion between 1868 and 1938. The cast of characters must include a doctor or scientist who became famous or infamous during the mid-to-late 19th century and members of the Lockwood or Mathews families. Young writers will learn about the families’ history, read biographies of the doctors and scientists, and explore the rooms in the Mansion where the event described could have taken place, using the Museum’s website as a reference. Students will create a short story that will include at least one doctor or scientist weaved into this narrative, and can introduce fictional friends visiting the Mansion as well.

SOURCE: https://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

Location: Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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Virtual: Music Composition Lab for Ages 11 and Up Beginning March 9

By listening, analyzing, and playing, we will engage in various techniques of composition using melody, rhythm, harmony, form, texture, and expression. During class, students will play their instruments one at a time in a “Round Robin” style, an ideal format for Zoom.

Students will be guided through the basic composition process through the five weeks, by the end of which they will have completed an original work. Their pieces will be performed and recorded by RiverArts faculty and presented in a Zoom gathering. All students will have the experience of a professional performance of their composition and receive a copy of the recording to commemorate their work and experience!

SOURCE: https://riverarts.org

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Virtual: Quick Start Adobe Workshops Beginning March 6

Learn an Adobe Creative Cloud program with a professional designer in an intensive professional environment. Students train in an industry standard studio setting and gain hands-on experience.

SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO SPRING SCHEDULE AND REGISTER.

SOURCE: https://www.sunywcc.edu

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Photography 101 Beginning March 24 ~Ossining, New York~

Students will learn the basics of how to use a camera for this 101 beginner’s course. Bring in your camera that you’ve been meaning to learn the ins and outs of, and we will go over important settings that help create the best images possible. We will go over composition, ISO, F-stop, Shutter Speed, and the Light Meter.

SOURCE: https://bethanyarts.org

Location: Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, New York

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Photography Wheatpasting for Ages 13-16 Beginning March 22 ~Ossining, New York~

Students will blend together photography and street art using the guerrilla style art form known as wheat pasting. Using printed photographs from home, students will learn how to make their own glue out of household materials. This practice is still used by street artists today as a way to cheaply and effectively put-up paper posters and notices to walls.

SOURCE: https://bethanyarts.org

Location: Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, New York

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Make your Own Pinhole Camera for Ages 8-12 Beginning March 16 ~Ossining, New York~

Students will build their own pinhole cameras out of random boxes of all shapes and sizes. Using light sensitive paper and a makeshift darkroom, they will create their own images using no technology whatsoever. They will familiarize themselves with the history of photography and the original printing processes.

SOURCE: https://bethanyarts.org

Location: Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, New York