What We Sponsor
The DNCA sponsors numerous programs to bring residents of Demarest and the surrounding areas into closer contact with wildlife and the natural world. Programs have varied, including adult oriented sessions on topics such as hiking the Appalachian trial or composting, family hikes in Harriman Park or along the Palisades, and various children’s programs. Local outdoor activities have been held at the Nature Center, Wakelee Field, various school grounds, and at the Duck Pond; field trips have also included Clearwater sloop sails on the Hudson River.
Popular annual activities include birdhouse and feeder building sessions, an Easter egg hunt, breakfast in the woods, nature and bird walks, a photo contest of photos taken in the nature center, and the annual Oktoberfest. In addition to public and school events and the development and maintenance of the grounds of the Nature Center, the Association provides subscriptions of nature and environmentally oriented publications to the Demarest Public Library. It also makes occasional grants to the library for the purchase of environmentally oriented publications, videos, and CD-ROMs. Scholarship awards have also been made to graduating NVRHS-Demarest seniors interested in the environmental sciences.