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Members Only: Owl prowl!

  • Saturday, February 9

  • 7-pm 9pm

  • Wildlife Education Center

  • Admission: $15 Adults & Children 7-17. Prepaid registration required. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Owls have amazed and mystified humans for thousands of years. Each Owl Prowl will begin with an appearance of one of our owl ambassadors, so you can see the birds up close and discover their fascinating adaptations. Learn which species of owls may be found in the area before setting out on a guided after-dark walk, during which an educator will use a calling device to try and coax owls into the area for you to hear! For adults and children ages seven years and up.

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Members only: Maple Tree Tapping

  • Sunday, February 17

  • 10am-12pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Prepaid registration required: $15 Adults, $10 Children ages 3 - 17. One tree per family. Trees are limited! Registration closes on 2/15 at 3pm

Rich, sweet maple sap will be drip, drip, dripping into pails at the Nature Museum and educators will be hosting a month of events aimed at showing school groups and families how the savory liquid makes the transition from tree to syrup! For the first time ever, join the educators as they prepare for the season with a special program which culminates with you tapping your very own maple tree! Participants will learn the origins and natural history of maple syrup, followed by a guided walk through the sugar bush to pick out and tap a tree using a metal or plastic spile. Next we’ll hang a bucket on the end of the tube to catch sap, which later will be collected and boiled down to its sugary essence. Registration closes on 2/15 at 3pm

This event is SOLD OUT

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Maple Sugar Tours

  • Saturdays and Sundays February 23 & 24 March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17

  • 11am - 3pm - Click below for tour times and registration

  • 7pm-8:30pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Museum Members: $8 Adults, $6 Children ages 3 – 17. Not-yet-Members:$10 Adults, $8 Children ages 3 - 17. Prepaid strongly suggested-walk-ins welcome if space allows.

As winter ends, maple sugaring begins! Come visit us to see, learn, and most importantly, TASTE what the excitement is all about! Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used throughout the ages, see an evaporator in action, and participate in our taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple flavored syrup and the real thing!



  • Wednesday, March 20

  • 7pm-8:30pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Museum Members: $6 Adults, $4 Children. Not-yet-Members: $8 Adults, $6 Children. Prepaid registration required.

Join us to celebrate the first day of spring and the last full moon of the winter season! Two seasons intersect on this special day when frogs will be singing while winter is still holding onto the air and earth. The March full moon is often called the Sap Moon by Native Americans; this time of year heralds the sugaring season when sap begins to flow in maple trees and the ground softens enough for earthworms to reappear, inviting the return of robins. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.



A Day in the Dirt:
Grasshopper Grove Clean-up Day & Composting Workshop

  • Saturday, March 30

  • 10am-2pm - Composting Workshops at 11am and 1pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Free! Please register for free workshops below

Help spruce up Grasshopper Grove, the popular Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s nature play space, in preparation for its grand opening for the season on April 13th. Bring your family for a day of outdoor fun on our beautiful grounds after a long winter stuck inside.

This day of dirt will also feature a composting workshop with two sessions to choose from, at 11 am and 1 pm. Take a break from work in the grove, or or from your busy weekend, to learn what to do (and what not to do) in order to create and maintain a compost pile to feed your backyard garden and take your trash out less often! Tour the Young Naturalist Preschool garden and learn about “hugelkultur” to help your garden work harder and longer for you.

Discover the difference composting can make in your life and purchase a composting bin and/or rain barrel of your own! HHNM has collaborated with the Orange County Division of Environmental Facilities and Services (DEFS) to sell compost bins and rainwater barrels for reduced prices. The goal of the collaboration is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of reducing solid waste sent to the landfill as well as using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality, and protect the environment.



  • Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7

  • 12pm - 4:00pm (Ribbon Cutting TBA) “Meet the Animals” at 1pm & 2:30pm

  • Wildlife Education Center

  • Admission: Museum Members: FREE. Not-yet-Members: $5 Adults & Children 3 & up

It’s time for a change in our Ogden Gallery! As the Birds on the Wing exhibit moves out, a new Habitats of the Hudson Valley exhibit moves in. What’s so special about a beaver pond? What makes areas along the Hudson River unique? What’s the one place in the Hudson Valley that’s protected for migrating, meadow-loving birds? How can we keep these areas wild, but still use them for recreation and learning? Find out more about the vast array of habitat types that are right in your backyard as you explore new interactive elements, toys, books, and games. This indoor space is a great area to spend the afternoon with children. “Meet the Animals” programs about native animals at 1pm & 2:30pm.