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July – September 2014


Welcome to Teatown: a nonprofit, environmental education

organization with a 1,000 acre preserve located in the Lower Hudson Valley. Teatown’s mission is to inspire our community to lifelong environmental stewardship.

What we do


Teatown teaches ecology and encourages responsible interaction with nature. The goal of our educational programs is to instill a love of the environment, positive attitudes toward conservation and environmental protection and a sense of personal and civic responsibility. We have programs for school groups, scouts, children, teens, families and adults.

Environmental Stewardship

Protection of Teatown’s varied habitats and its biological diversity is our ongoing responsibility. Our science-based stewardship program studies, documents and monitors the reservation’s habitats, plants and animals to assess their ecological health and conservation status. With this information, we are better able to manage our preserve and protect its ecological communities.

Regional Conservation

Teatown promotes a sustainable future by providing the region with leadership, information and education in environmental conservation. Teatown works with civic leaders, scientists and the public to facilitate awareness of local environmental issues and to develop practical solutions.

Visitors are welcome to

• Hike 15 scenic miles of trails, ranging from the leisurely to the challenging • Participate in our numerous weekend programs including nature hikes, animal encounters and seasonal activities for all age groups • Connect with our resident raptors, amphibians, reptiles and mammals • Tour Wildflower Island, a 2-acre sanctuary that is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers (Seasonal) • Visit Wildflower Woods, a unique outdoor exhibit with an accessible trail • Join in our annual regional events including Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest ℠, Pancake Brunch and Plant Sale • View rotating art exhibits in Teatown’s Gallery • Browse the Nature Store filled with environmentally focused toys, crafts, jewelry, books and gifts


Trails are open dawn to dusk, 365-days a year. The Nature Center and Nature Store are open daily from 9 am–5 pm.

JULY Registration is required for all programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet in the Nature Center and are free for members and $7 for non members (plus materials fee, if applicable). All programs must be paid for at the time of booking. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash or check are accepted. No refund will be granted less than two weeks prior to the program. Register by calling (914) 762-2912 ext. 110, Daily, 9 am–5 pm Blue: All Welcome

Green: Children

Red: Adults

Saturday, July 5, 10 am Butterfly Count An annual rite of summer, the North American Butterfly Count is a way for all butterfly enthusiasts to partake in a citizen scientist monitoring effort. Participants should be prepared to hike over rough terrain. Not suitable for children under 6. FREE Saturday July 12, 10–11:30 am Alien Invaders Aliens are all around us! Some fly, some swim and some crawl! Find out how animal invaders affect local ecology on this walk and talk to reveal the aliens in our midst. Sunday July 13, 1–3 pm Discovering Wild Edibles with Wildman Steve Brill Teatown is a rich natural area full of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms. The trails that encircle the lake guarantee an abundance of many common summer herbs, greens, berries, and fungi. Join noted author and forager Wildman Steve Brill to learn and hunt for wild foods. $15/Member, $20/Non Member $5/Member child, $10/Non Member child

Saturday July 19, 9–11 am Wake up and Hike! Start your day with a hike through Hidden Valley before the heat of the day settles in, and see what is up and about. Sunday July 20, 10–11:30 am Exploration on Bailey Brook What’s living in the brook? Be prepared to get a little wet and muddy as we search for insects, crayfish, turtles and fish in the cool water. Saturday July 26, 2–3:30 pm What a Hummer! $5/material fee/feeder Hummingbirds are the winged jewels of the bird world. Learn more about these birds and make a hummingbird feeder to attract them to your yard. Thursday July 31, 8 pm Black-lighting for Moths Join Charlie Roberto as we light up the night to attract night flying insects.

AUGUST Blue: All Welcome

Green: Children

Red: Adults

Saturday August 2, 10:00 am Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count At the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, NY Free; parking fee at park

If you could lift the lid off the Hudson River in Tappan Zee Bay, what would you see? Catch the incoming tide with Teatown and Strawtown Art and Garden Studio at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, as we seine for fish and other creatures in the warm waters of the Hudson. We will focus on identification and record and share the results with other sites taking part along the river. Afterward mix paint and match the color of the river, and add sand from both shores of the wide bays to make a symbolic driftwood sculpture.

Sunday, August 10, 9:30–11 am Moths in the Morning Meet at Cliffdale Farm to see the moths and other flying insects that were attracted to black-lighting the night before. FREE Saturday, August 16, 10–11:30 am Busy as a Bee on National Honey Bee Day! Catch the buzz about honey bees in this program to learn about all the services they provide and bring awareness about the plight of the bee. August 23, 1–2:30 pm Ferret Frolic! Let’s share play time with Teatown's domestic weasels - our ferrets! Watch how they use their bodies and senses to frolic and communicate, and learn how their wild cousins like otters and minks do the same thing. Space is limited to 10 participants

Sunday August 24, 11 am–12 pm Nature’s Recyclers How does recycling get accomplished in nature? Meet some animal recyclers and find out how things get broken down the natural way. Saturday August 30, 10 am–12 pm Animal Ambassador Photo-Op Teatown’s live animal collection, including turtles, raptors, snakes and more will be on display in natural settings for photographers to snap! $25/Member and $40/Non Member

Sunday August 31, 1–2 pm Biomimicry for Beginners Nature is a technological wonder! Solutions for human technological challenges are often found right beneath our feet in the natural world. Come and see how nature’s innovations can guide our next generation of engineers and scientists through biomimicry. Teatown Tip: Reduce or eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides. Pull weeds instead of poisoning them with chemicals. After soil warms by summer, cover the ground under your plants with a thick layer of organic mulch to reduce weeds and conserve moisture.


Blue: All Welcome Green: Children Red: Adults Saturday, September 13, 10–11:30 am Sitting on PURPOSE Lynn Trotta of Sagefire Institute will introduce the ancient practice of Sit Spot: a form of daily meditation taking a person out of their head and into their senses. Sit Spot, along with its associated core routines of awareness, is done outside where nature becomes the Master and thus draws forth the Master within. Participants will be given the inspiration and key elements to integrating this life changing practice into their everyday lives so they may: -experience a greater sense of peace -feel more connected to the natural world than ever -feel healthier, more alive and more connected -discover a profound sense of gratitude  * Please dress appropriately for the weather and provide for your personal level of comfort. Bring a blanket or camp chair to sit on as most of the program will occur outdoors. 

Saturday, September 20, 10 am–12 pm Colors of Migration At the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, NY Free; parking fee collected at park

Join environmental artists from Strawtown Art and Garden Studio and Teatown educator Erin Baker in an exploration of migration. Explore the differences in color and composition of water habitats. Have fun imagining the life experiences of the birds, insects and marine life that migrate the Hudson’s waterway and flyway. This event is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.

Saturday, September 20, 9 am Birds and Butterflies on Teatown Hill Meet at Teatown and join Charlie Roberto on a hike up Teatown Hill to look for migrating birds and butterflies. Saturday, September 27, 9 am–12 pm Hawks Over Hook Mountain Join Erin Baker to look for migrating raptors at Hook Mountain. Meet at Teatown to carpool. This trip involves a short steep hike to the viewing site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring binoculars. Sunday, September 28, 9–11 am Wake Up and Hike! Start your day with a naturalist led hike on the Overlook Trail to catch the first signs of autumn.

CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY SERIES EXPLORE….DISCOVER….. CREATE….. LEARN! Little Treehuggers Begins September 19; Tuesday or Friday, 10–11:15 am 8 Week Session Autumn brings all kinds of new discoveries for Teatown’s young explorers. Sow the seeds of nature knowledge with your child. Children (2–3) and parents are encouraged to use all of their senses to explore autumn. $160/Member or $200/Non Member

Nature Girls Begins September 30; Tuesdays 3:30–5 pm 8 Week Session Come on girls, get your nature on!! Led by Elissa Schilmeister, girls will hike and explore natural habitats, engage in team-building activities, conduct mini-experiments and scientific investigations. $20/Member or $25/Non Member per week $160/Member or $200/Non Member for full 8 weeks

MEET THE STAFF Meet Leah Waybright Kennell, Teatown Lake Reservation’s Curator of Wildflower Island. What is your favorite season at Teatown? Spring, around May. The early summer flowers, the ephemerals, come out before the leaves on the trees do because they can’t compete with the canopy. They go through their whole life cycle in a couple of weeks, then they disappear. What is your favorite Teatown trail? I like the Lakeside Trail because I can get a different vantage point of Wildflower Island. What is your favorite flower? The Wild Columbine is my enduring favorite. That is the flower that all hummingbird feeders are constructed to resemble. I know when that starts to bud on Wildflower Island it’s time to put the bird feeders up, because that is the signal that hummingbirds are going to start migrating back up into these parts. The flower dangles and so it requires a hummingbird to suspend in mid air and reach in with their long beaks. They are the only creatures that can get the nectar and the pollen from the nectar spurs of this flower. Visit for the full interview. Call (914) 762-2912, ext. 110 to book a Wildflower Island tour today!

SAVE THE DATE! Teatown Lake Reservation’s · A Night in the Woods Benefit Teatown Lake Reservation’s • A Night in the Woods Benefit Sunday, September 21, 2014

Celebrating 40 Years of Teatown Summer Camp

Planting a Seed for the Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BECOME A MEMBER TODAY: the FOUNDATION of Teatown’s Success! Your membership benefits include: • Early summer camp registration • Discount/free admission to weekend programs • Eligibility to book a children’s nature birthday party • 10% off Nature Store purchases • Knowledge that you are helping to conserve our natural environment Your membership will help us continue to succeed in: • Educating over 20,000 children and adults each year • Stewarding Teatown’s 1,000-acre preserve • Promoting regional environmental conservation VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Nature Guide Volunteer Orientation: Join us on Monday, September 8 from 10–11am for our Nature Guide orientation. For more information, contact Lisa Baugh at Teens in Teatown (TNT): Join us Monday, September 8 at 7pm for an informational meeting. For more information, contact Maggie Pichura at REMEMBER TEATOWN TODAY FOR OUR CHILDREN’S TOMORROW. CONSIDER A PLANNED GIFT Join our group of dedicated supporters who have made a commitment to Teatown’s future by including Teatown in their estate plans. Your commitment today will help ensure Teatown continues its mission to inspire our community to lifelong environmental stewardship. For more information, contact Anne Bishop at or 914-762-2912, ext. 113. Facebook “f ” Logo

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Teatown’s Dedicated Staff Kevin Carter Dianne Barron Anne W. Bishop Phyllis Bock Diane DiVernieri Laura Elmore Mike Rubbo, Ph.D. Erin Baker Lisa Baugh Terry Broadway Alex Cochran Millie Dellaquila Sara Donnelly Leigh Draper Aaron Fumarola Jo Ann Gackstetter Mary Haley Lisa Kelly Leah Kennell Jean Maiorano Sean O’Reilly Anthony Pellegrino Jan Phair Maggie Pichura Diana Reese Mike Reyes Sandy Rotella Elissa Schilmeister Hillary Siener Stephen Williams

Executive Director Managing Director Director, Major Gifts & Planned Giving Director, Education Director, Finance Director, Marketing & Development Director, Conservation Science Programs Animal Care Supervisor & Environmental Educator Senior Environmental Educator Weekend Receptionist Land Steward Administrative Assistant Animal Care Trail Steward & Volunteer Coordinator Grant Writer AM Receptionist School Year Environmental Educator Animal Caretaker Wildflower Island Curator Membership & Development Associate Weekend Maintainer Marketing & Special Events Coordinator Weekend Receptionist Environmental Educator Seasonal Gardener Maintainer PM Receptionist Environmental Educator Assistant Conservation Scientist Custodian

Wildflower Island Tours

1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining NY 10562 (914) 762–2912 email:

July through September Saturdays at 10 am and 1 pm, Sundays at 1 pm A Conservation Success Story 25+ Years in the Making

Wildflower Island is a unique conservation garden that is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers. The Island, located within Teatown Lake, has an extraordinarily diverse and abundant assemblage of flora as conditions are ideal for growth, and protected from the disturbance of people and animals. We invite you to take a guided tour of Wildflower Island to enjoy the serene beauty of wildflowers in bloom. Children 12 and over. Reservations required. Call 914-762-2912 x 110 to book your tour! Printed on 100% Recycled Paper

Trails: Summer 2014  
Trails: Summer 2014