Parks and Playgrounds

Greenburgh Nature Center

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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.

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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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