Make your next visit to the SM&NC memorable through our self-guided programs! Participation in these programs is included with admission.

SM&NC Seek!

September - December, 2020

There are a ton of great nature ID apps out there, but we love Seek from iNaturalist, which has staff and visitors alike learning more about what lives here at the SM&NC. We’ve been inspired to create our own SM&NC-based challenges for visitors! Visit our website each month to discover the goals for the monthly challenge. Visit the SM&NC, take or draw a picture of your findings, and tag us on Instagram. Each month, family participants will be eligible to win a great prize!

  • September: Pollinator Challenge in honor of our new Spiller Pollinator Garden
  • October: Who Eats What? Challenge
  • November: Getting Ready for Winter Challenge
  • December: Winter Tree ID Challenge

Anime Animal Art Contest

Entries accepted October 1-31, 2020

October is World Animal Month! It’s also the opening of our new exhibition, Biophilia, which celebrates nature’s amazing biodiversity of plants, animals, and minerals. Choose your favorite SM&NC animal in Heckscher WILD!, on Heckscher Farm, or one that lives in our fields
or forest, and transform them into an anime character. Submit your drawings to the SM&NC via mail or drop off at our gates. Winners will beannounced in November and will receive a private live animal program for their family.

Fall Story Trails

October 1 – December 31, 2020

Share two of our favorite stories, Anne Mazer’s Salamander Room and H. Joseph Hopkins’ The Tree Lady on two of our favorite trails! As you hike, stop along the way to enjoy a page of the story until you reach the end. Salamander Room will take you by our vernal pool into our Woodland Meadow, and tells the story of a boy who takes home a salamander. The Tree Lady will start in the Chestnut grove, and take you along the one of our favorite stretches of the blue trail with the story of Kate Sessions, a pioneering female tree scientist. Visit our website for directions to the start of the trail heads, or pick up information at the North Gate.