Events & Updates

Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 A.M.: WINTER BIRDING AT THE SANCTUARY

There are many species of ducks and diving birds that congregate on the lake during the winter months.  There they await the spring, feeding and socializing on the protected, unfrozen lake.  Take a walk with Chris Mignone of Central Westchester Audubon and learn to identify … Read More

Saturday, December 14th at 1:00 P.M.: WINTER FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

Make  a festive centerpiece for the holidays.  Bring your own vase, and we’ll help you make a beautiful winter bouquet using dried plants and natural objects from the sanctuary.  Donation $5.

Saturday, January 11th at 10:00 A.M.: WINTER DUCKS ON MANURSING LAKE

  There are many species of ducks and diving birds that congregate in large numbers on the lake during the winter season.  There they await the spring, feeding and socialization the protected, unfrozen lake.  Loaner binoculars are available for use courtesy of the Friends of … Read More

Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 A.M.: MANURSING ISLAND: MIDDENS TO MANSIONS

Join us for a quick ramble into the past.  Learn about who lived on and used the land from the 1600’s to present day.  Dress for the weather.

Saturday, January 25th at 10:00 A.M.: INVASIVE VINE CUTTING WORKDAY

Over time, invasive vines like Porcelain Berry, Oriental Bittersweet, and Mile-a-Minute can cause early demise and disappearance of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.  Loss of native host-specific plants for insects means migrating and nesting birds may not have enough insect food to feed their young … Read More

Saturday, February 1st at 1:00 P.M.: WINTER ECOLOGY WALK

How do plants, trees, and animals survive the freezing winter months?  Join us for a leisurely stroll as we discuss the ecology of nature in winter.  Dress for the weather.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary.


Join other citizen scientists as we contribute to a real-time snapshot of global bird populations,  Count birds for as little as 15 minutes, or as long as you wish,  Beginners and experts are welcome as we search different habitats for birds.  Introduction and short presentation … Read More

Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 A.M.: VOLUNTEER CORPS WORKDAY

Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, vine-cutting, beach clean-up, and more.  A great way to have fun, get some exercise, and give something back to the earth.

Saturday, February 29th at 1:00 P.M.: WILD TEA PARTY

Join us for a taste of wild teas brewed from such wild plants as Yarrow, Sassafras, Pine, Goldenrod, Mullein, and more.  This program is geared for adults and children over 12.  Pre-register by calling (914) 967-8720.  Cost $5 per person.

Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 P.M.: THE WONDER OF SEEDS

Plant some sunflower seeds and watch them grow at home.  Learn about the nature of how seeds work.


Animals abound from the tropical rain forests to the driest deserts.  Discover what makes a habitat unique and perfect for the incredible animals that live there.  Meet animals from the rain forest, desert, and our very own temperate forest!  Presented by Anthony Cogswell.  Sponsored by … Read More

Saturday, March 28th at 10:00 A.M.: BIRDING AT THE SANCTUARY

Spring is here at last!   Join us and find out if the early birds are getting the worms!  Loaner binoculars are available for use courtesy of Friends of Read.