Programs and Events



School Groups

On weekdays during the school year, the staff at the conservancy offers guided interpretive hikes for both traditional and homeschooled groups of all ages, from preschool through college.

Field trips typically last two hours and include a one-and-a-half-mile round trip, hiking along the trails, through wood, field, salt marsh, and seashore habitats. Students will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the differences of these very specific ecosystems. They will observe how particular plants and animals have coevolved and adapted to each ecosystem in order to survive and thrive.


Each program is adapted for the age of the group and in terms of content and level of complexity. We will work with you to create a lesson plan for specific educational content, including STEM curriculum enrichment, required for your class’s grade level school curriculum.

Seining at the seashore


Children gather round to look at a bug in the tank

Significant Hands-on Experience

Many topics that are abstract in the classroom, can be experienced vividly and enthusiastically in real time by students studying at the conservancy, including ecological adaptation, food webs, watersheds, decomposition, and photosynthesis.



Marshlands Summer Nature Camp

Get crab-crazy, build shelters, explore the pond, and much more at Marshlands Summer Nature Camp.

Looking at the legs on the underside of a horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) before releasing it, at summer camp

Holding an eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) before releasing at summer camp

Feeding a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), at summer camp


Marshlands Conservancy Fall Conservation Programs

Early learning programs for Pre-K and programs for one through fifth graders.

Operating outdoors, safely under New York State COVID-19 guidelines, students will learn about nature and the environment.



Scout Groups

Have Fun Earning a Merit Badge Here!

The conservancy offers one to one-and-a-half hours programs on weekdays after school to work with boy and girl scout troops to obtain nature, wildlife, water, and other environmental-related merit badges. Groups also have the option for community service, helping to collect tidal debris at the shore while learning about the origins and impact of litter in the oceans.

Groups over twelve must preregister

All organized groups who plan to visit the conservancy must register upon arrival. A site fee may apply. For requirements and to register please contact Marshlands Conservancy Nature Curator Michael Gambino: phone (914) 835-4466 or email

Looking out over the salt marsh at the end of class

Upcoming Events

History of Marshlands Hike

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 1:00pm

The Nature of Seeds

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 1:00pm

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 10:00am

Spring Wildflower Walk at Merestead

Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 10:00am

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Rockin’ Reptiles!

Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 1:00pm

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Climate Change, Habitat Change

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 10:00am

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Beneficial Bug Hotel

Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 1:00pm

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 10:00am

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Identifying Invasive Plants

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 10:00am