People Power: How Citizen Science is Changing the Way Scientists Work
Friday, November 7
8:30 am – 10:30 am
at the Westchester County Center,
White Plains, NY
Citizen science is professionally-led research conducted in tandem with community-based volunteers. Citizen scientists learn valuable skills in order to collect and submit data, share experiences, and spread essential information all while observing nature with a critical lens. In turn, these large open volunteer networks often allow researchers to accomplish tasks that would be too expensive or time consuming to accomplish through other means. Teatown is a proud partner of the Conversations on Conservation (Conservation Cafes) Series.
Lynn Trotta of Sagefire Institute returns with the ancient practice of Sit Spot – a form of daily meditation that takes a person out of their head and puts them into their senses. In Sit Spot, nature becomes the Master and draws forth the Master within.
Participants will be given the inspiration and key elements to integrating this life changing practice into their everyday living so they may experience a greater sense of peace, feel more connected to the natural world than they ever have before, feel healthier and 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.
Nuts About Squirrels!
Sunday, November 9
10 am – 11:30 am
Scurrying squirrels are busily hoarding food for the winter. Be part of the squirrely antics as we play a game and create a craft to take home. This program is intended for families with children 3 – 6 years of age.
Did you know? Squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing so they don’t wear down from the constant gnawing.
Join Elissa Schilmeister for this program about responsible exotic reptile care. Learn about the exotic pet trade as we explore the realities of keeping pet turtles, lizards and snakes. Elissa will bring a few reptiles from her own personal collection. This program is for adults only.
Saturday, November 22
9 am – 10:30 am
Winter is on the way! Charlie Roberto will lead a bird walk around Teatown Lake to locate our last lingering songbirds and other birds that remain for the winter. Free.
Bats in Peril
Saturday, November 22
10 am – 11 am
Did you know that bats are in a critical state of decline throughout the northeast due to white-nose syndrome? Come learn all about the curious and often misunderstood world of nocturnal insect-eating bats and what present-day challenges they face. Learn why we should all care about a future without these important little creatures. This program is for adults only.
Going Green: Out With the Old & In With
Sunday, November 23
11 am – 12:30 pm
Reduce, reuse, recycle, turn an old t-shirt into a reusable bag and learn about ways to reduce your ecological footprint. Not suitable for children under 8.
Hike Teatown’s Lakeside Trail
This easy and enjoyable trail (1.5 miles), which circles Teatown Lake, is popular with families with small children. Access is behind the Nature Center building and currently has incredible autumn views.