Special Needs Programs

How do we best meet the needs of children, adolescents and adults with individual challenges?

The Nature of Things designs unique hands on programs for all, including birthday parties that offer a nurturing, developmental approach to the study of nature and science. We use live animals and individually designed nature curricula to meet the needs of emotionally/physically/educationally challenged participants. The hands-on curriculum is integrated to include language arts, simple mathematics, as well as science. We introduce nature-related vocabulary and material in a supportive environment for both participants and staff members.


Our educators are sensitive to the individual needs of our audience members, and we pride ourselves on our long-standing relationships with such community programs as Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Alcott School: Little Class Program, Westchester Community Opportunity programs, Head Starts throughout the metropolitan area, and various other special needs programs for both children, adolescents and adults in the Metropolitan area.


By focusing on varied sensory experiences and encouraging our audiences to recognize the differences and similarities among plants and animals, we have a found a combination that encourages understanding and retention of important science related information. 


At all times our naturalists are sensitive to any and all fears and concerns.  Through the years, the enthusiasm and professional teaching abilities of our staff members is the hallmark of our program with the focus on Dr. Mumford’s dream to nurture a love of nature and science for all.

Outreach Programs and Fees:

Fees are determined by the number of children, the time of day, and the location of the program.  Contact us at 914-276-3454 for more pricing and information.