Here are some ideas for places to visit or activities you may want to do with your troop in the Great Outdoors!
Don’t forget local resources like the Scarsdale Library Pond, where several SEGS girls have worked on their Gold and Silver Awards, the Weinberg and the Greenberg Nature Centers.
SEGS Cadette Catie B’s Silver Award included developing a handout to identify local birds. Click here to download and print the handout for your next troop outing to a nature park.
Wilkens Fruit and Fir, 1313 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights
Secor Pick-a-Pumpkin, 63 Robinson Lane, Wappingers Falls
Outhouse Orchards, Hardscrabble Road, Croton Falls
Audobon Societies – offer educational programs and field trips
Bedford: Mount Kisco, 242-8981
Central Westchester,White Plains, 946-1780
Saw Mill River: 275 Milwood Rd., Chappaqua, 666-6503
Hudson River: (incld. Yonkers): 237-9331
Beczak Environmental Education Center
21 Alexander Rd., Yonkers
Sponsors classes, lectures, walks and outdoor events designed to teach about the Hudson River Valley and the environment
Bronx Zoo (also Central Park, Queens and Prospect Park Zoos and New York Aquarium
Exit 6 off Bronx River Parkway, Bronx. Overnights and special programs
Clearwater – The Hudson River Sloop
112 Market St. Poughkeepsie. This 106-foot sloop is dedicated to cleaning up the Hudson River. Spring, summer and fall trips on the Hudson and Long Island Sound feature on-board educational programs for groups. Many special events. Can arrange sloop programs on the river. Often difficult to get specific date.
Cranberry Lake Preserve
North White Plains, Off Route 22. Great for hiking. Also educational programs.
Greenburgh Nature Center
Dromore Rd. off Central Ave., Scarsdale. A woodland preserve with pond, orchard, maple sugaring site. Manor House with live animal museum, hands-on discovery room.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind – guide dog school
Yorktown Heights. Educational tours available.
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Ct
10 North Water St., Norwalk. An aquarium and ship building museum. Scout programs and overnights.
Mad Science of Westchester
A hands-on science program.
Has trails, exhibits and programs.
Muscoot Farm, Somers
Historical farm, lots of animals.
The Nature of Things
North Salem. Environmental outreach program. Will come to you and do GS patches as well as teach about pet care, plants and animals, mask making, Native Americans, fossils and dinosaurs, storytelling.
New York Botanical Gardens
200th St & Kazimiroff Blvd., Bronx. Self guided tours and workshops for scouts.
Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road, Rye. Numerous hiking trails, a butterfly house, beehives and interpretive center.
Taconic Outdoor Educational Center
12 Dennytown Rd., Cold Spring. Cabins, lodge, lake and hiking trails, Variety of outdoor programs.
Teatown Lake Reservation (Ossining)
1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. A private, nonprofit nature preserve of 730 acres and education center with over 12 miles of hiking trails. Educational programs, live animal exhibits, hiking trails and a wildflower island. Some programs designed for specific badges
Weinberg Nature Center
455 Mamaroneck Rd., Scarsdale. Educational programs for scouts, including Native American workshops available. Access point for 8 mile Varvayanis Greenway.
Westmoreland Nature Sanctuary
260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners. Many programs offered including map and compass, bird banding, candle making, ecology, papermaking and forestry.