Parks and Playgrounds

Greenburgh Nature Center

Written by Amy Rios Crochet Artist/SAHM


In 1973 the town of Greenburgh allocated funds to purchase the Hall Estate property.  In 1975 the Hall Estate officially became the Greenburgh Nature, with the purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife and an educational center.

I had never been to the Greenburgh Nature Center before, but I have been hearing a lot about it and was excited to go.  Let me tell you, it is worth it.  There is a beautiful playground that has three different sized equipment, 0-30 mos, 3-5 yrs and 5-12 yrs.  Of course my son went for the biggest one first.  They have a few different swing options too.  There are the seated swings for the younger crowd, the flat swings for the older kids and what I call porch swings for everyone else.  There is a picnic bench and several seating areas through out the park.  There is a bathroom nearby which is really handy.  After he ran around for about a half hour before he wanted to move on to the next thing.

We walked around for a little bit before we found the blue trail.  I said “look there is a path over there. Do you want to go for a little hike?”  He cooed with excitement and said “Oh lets go for a little hike!” I told him we had to go find a map first before we took off.  We started down this darling path.  There were a few ups and downs but nothing too steep.  There were several paths that we could have taken but I kept us focused on the blue trail because it went down by Frog Pond.  I knew were were getting close to the pond because I heard a lot of children.  Spencer really wants to go to school and he was very interested in why there were so many big kids.  I said that they were on a school trip and that we should just keep walking.  He kept telling me he needed a green shirt and that he wanted to follow them.  I felt really bad because he wants to go to school but he will have to wait until he is 5.  Our town doesn’t offer Universal PreK.  We had a good time down at the pond.  We saw a mallard duck,  a black capped chickadee, a few robins, a chipmunk, a dragon fly and water skimmers.

On the way back to the playground we saw a couple of eagles.  On the map it showed there were several areas of the nature center we had not explored.




This place is awesome and we will definitely be going back again.  There are several trails for walking, there are out door enclosures to look at, there is a nice sized building with animals in it and the park is lovely.   They do offer several classes for children as well.  We had such a good time that this is definitely going in the rotation.


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