Nature events teach kids about dragonflies, turtles, reptiles

Kids and adults can learn all about dragonflies

Kids and adults can learn all about dragonflies at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14. (Credit: Pam Golben)

Kids who love critters will find lots to do on the local scene this weekend. Youngsters can enjoy a butterfly hunt in the fields, a story walk along a woodland trail, a reptile show or a dragonfly primer. Find all the details here.

Saturday: Build a butterfly box

Kids age 6 and up can grab a net and take to the fields of Teatown Lake Reservation for a catch-and-release butterfly hunt. Afterward, they’ll build a butterfly box of their own to take home. There is a limit of one box per family; all materials will be provided. Space is limited for this 90-minute program.

When: 9 a.m., Saturday, July 14

Info: Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining; 914-762-2912; www.teatown.org; $20 per family, $15 per member family; call to pre-register

Saturday: Dazzling dragonflies event

Learn all about the anatomy, behavior and identification of these beautiful double-winged insects at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum program. After a short presentation, head out to the fields of the Outdoor Discovery Center to help the museum educator collect, identify and release dragonflies. Sunscreen, bottled water and sturdy shoes are recommended. Nets will be provided. Pre-paid registration is required for this popular program, which is recommended for everyone age 5 and up.

When: 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14

Info: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Avenue, Cornwall; 845-534-5506; hhnaturemuseum.org; $8 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under; members pay $6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under

Saturday: Wild World of Reptiles show

At the Wild World of Reptiles with Wildman Jack, kids can get in on the act -- there’s plenty of audience participation, including hands-on opportunities -- as they learn about snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises. The one-hour program is appropriate for all ages.

When: 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14

Info: Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308 Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org; $9 for adults and seniors, $7 for children

Sunday: ‘Box Turtle’ story walk

Greenburgh Nature Center is the home and nesting ground of many box turtles, making it a great place to enjoy the children’s storybook, “Box Turtle at Silver Pond Lane” by Susan Korman. Naturalist John Mancuso will lead the way along the woodland trail for the annual story walk. The program’s sponsor, California Pizza Kitchen, will be on hand with foods and drinks, activities and a raffle. The program is recommended for ages 8 and younger.

When: 1 p.m., Sunday, July 15

Info: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale; 914-723-3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org; free

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