Training Program for Volunteer Environmental Educators at Sheldrake Center Begins October 18

The Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont presents a Volunteer Environmental Educator Training Program this fall for those who want to help kids learn more about the natural world. The 12-session program begins on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

“Studies show that kids are physically and mentally healthier, calmer and more creative if they spend time outdoors in nature,” says Sheldrake Program Director Mary Davis. “We invite area adults to be a part of kids’ excitement and discovery as they walk our trails. Participants can learn how to lead field trips and hear kids say, ‘This is the most awesome field trip ever.’”

Davis says that the Volunteer Environmental Educator Training Program covers fascinating facts about plants and animals that are right in most people’s backyards. “These are things that they might never have noticed before, and our trainees will learn fun ways to share their new knowledge with elementary school children,” she adds. “They’ll also meet others who care about our planet, enjoy learning and want to make a huge contribution to our community.”

Class size is limited so pre-registration is recommended by calling Mary Davis at 914.834.1443 or emailing

The Sheldrake Environmental Center is located at 685 Weaver St. in Larchmont. For more information visit


Second Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser for Jen’s Community at Wildcliff in New Rochelle

Pumpkin painting at last year’s Wildcliff Harvest Festival

The second annual Wildcliff Harvest Festival Fundraiser takes place on Saturday, October 13, from noon to 4 p.m. at Wildcliff, a Gothic Revival manor house in New Rochelle. The event includes a petting zoo, apple cider, donuts, arts and crafts for kids, live entertainment, local artisans and fall harvest food.

The Wildcliff Harvest Festival Fundraiser was created in 2011 to bring the New Rochelle community together and raise awareness for the Wildcliff renovation project. All proceeds will benefit Jen’s Community at Wildcliff (JCW). “The bones of our mission are to preserve the legacy of Wildcliff and help people make positive changes for themselves through engagement with nature,” says JCW Kerrilee Hunter. “We’ll reach that goal through a nature-based preschool, community programs involving all ages, and sustainability education.”

Visitors to the Harvest Festival are invited to bring a blanket to relax on during the live entertainment. The event is open to the public, with a rain date of Saturday, October 20. Entry fees are $5 per person, with a $25 maximum per family.

Wildcliff is located at 44 Wildcliff Rd, in New Rochelle, adjacent to Hudson Park. For more information visit


Rivertowns Roll Promotes Sustainable Transportation in Westchester

Rivertowns Roll with SWEAC

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (SWEAC) presents Rivertowns Roll, a group bike ride on the Old Croton Aqueduct that begins at 9 a.m. The event aims to show how residents can use existing resources to get around sustainably and aligns with SWEAC’s Complete Streets in a Box Toolkit program.

“Complete Streets planning seeks to make infrastructure work for everyone—pedestrians, cyclists and mass-transit users—not just car drivers,” says SWEAC executive director Nina Orville. “It’s about smart design that fosters integrated transportation and enhances communities from an environmental and social perspective.”

Orville says that SWEAC wants people to view the Old Croton Aqueduct as essential for transportation, not just recreation. The trail connects key points in Westchester and can be used by both pedestrians and cyclists. To register for the Rivertowns Roll, visit Participants and visitors to the sign-in table will be entered into a drawing for a free membership to, which provides environmentally friendly bike and auto roadside assistance.

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