If you’re looking for a great place to get away from your daily hectic schedule for a couple of hours, then The Green Chimney, in Brewster, New York, is the perfect destination for you. Founded in 1948, the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center gave children an opportunity to blend with connect with nature, getting them to appreciate it through the wildlife center.
This Farm & Wildlife Center is home to more than 300 animals, both farm and wild, and it includes wildlife that are permanently injured or imprinted. When Green Chimneys was founded, the founders also had the children with special needs in mind, coming up with a program where the main criteria for each animal’s presence is that they thrive in the care at Green Chimneys and play a supportive role in educational and animal-assisted therapy programs for children. The farm also focuses on Horticulture, where students have the opportunity of taking part in gardening activities as well as vocational training in the Educational School Garden, and Boni-Bel, a multi-acre sustainable farm.
The Farm & Wildlife Center is a rehabilitation center for injured wild animals as well as farm animals. This has made it a huge public attraction, hosting thousands of visitors every year as they come to enjoy the educational farm and wildlife center over the open weekend hours, as well as popular annual events such as Little Folks Farm Days, Fall Harvest Festival, and the spectacular Birds of Prey Day each June. The visitors to Green Chimneys are encouraged to come and learn more about the wildlife recue and rehabilitation.
The Wildlife Center is equipped with an education center, animal triage care area, large display and flight cages, woodland paths and naturalistic habitats. This is also where the guests will get to meet the resident wildlife, both local and wild such as the Andean condor, Griffon vulture, numerous hawks, falcons, and owls, several crows; and permanently disabled bald and golden eagles.
Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center was l icensed by the Department of Environmental Conservation as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and it is charged with rescuing and caring of a diverse species birds that are mentioned below. The wildlife center aims to release as many of the animals as possible back into the wild. Those that are permanently disabled are left to stay at the center. Below is a list of some of the birds:
The Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center is one of those places that you would want to go and unwind at over the weekend. The advantage is that you get to learn as you tour, and this is especially advantageous to the children. The fact that the center also cares for children with disabilities using animals to aid in their cure speaks quite highly about it.