Scenic Hudson Offers Spring Break Activities in Beacon

Fun, free events teach children and families new skills for exploring nature

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During spring break, Scenic Hudson will offer four days’ worth of fun activities geared to help children and families learn practical skills to enhance their explorations of nature.

The free events—taking place from Tuesday, April 11, through Friday, April 14—will transform Scenic Hudson’s River Center in Beacon into a science museum with exhibits and specimens encouraging children and families to look closer at the natural world.

There also will be farm and garden-inspired activities that combine arts and crafts with hands-on learning. Educator-guided programs will be held each day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The programs are geared for children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Participants may attend as many events as they wish. All supplies and refreshments will be provided. Parents are requested to stay with their children.

Planting Turtle Sprouts Tuesday, April 11, 3-5 p.m.

Is it a plant? Is it an animal? Actually, a turtle sprout is a little of both—and offers a great introduction to growing plants. Decorate a “turtle” whose shell is filled with soil and grass seeds. Take it home, care for it and watch your turtle sprout.

Fancy Flower Pots Wednesday, April 12, 3-5 p.m.

Let your artistic skills shine by decorating a pot with paint and stickers and then bring it back on Friday to plant a seed in it. The combination of your creativity and a living flower will make a nice addition to your front porch.

Plant Observation Thursday, April 13, 3-5 p.m.

Introduce your children to botany, which is the science of plant life. They’ll learn the basics of identifying plants and then make drawings to compare their unique characteristics. We’ll also take a nature walk, so participants can try out their new botany skills.

Starting Seeds   Friday, April 14, 3-5 p.m.

Inspire a passion for gardening. After a brief presentation on why eating locally grown food not only is healthier but protects the environment and combats climate change, we’ll provide seeds, pots and soil so you can start growing your own veggies.

To help ensure there are enough supplies, those planning on attending should RSVP to Scenic Hudson Education Outreach Assistant Steven Naukam at or by calling 845-473-4440 ext. 265. Additional information and directions can be found online at