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.
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!
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.