The Nature of Things


Welcome to our website, The Nature of Things.  We are an environmental outreach program that presents quality live animal presentations to schools and centers throughout the greater Metropolitan areas in New York and Connecticut. The program originated in 1982 through the efforts of Deborah and Allan Mumford. Early childhood centers, elementary schools, special needs programs, recreation programs, and senior centers are provided with hands-on and developmentally appropriate science education that features an inquiry-based approach to live animal exploration.  Professional naturalists are available weekly, monthly, and annually. We even come to private homes excited to edu-tain young children and their families about the wonders of the natural world! 


Many thanks for a wonderful Fall season here at The Nature of Things!! Our Apple Cidering program was well received, and more than 500 children were treated to an age-old cidering experience..Even after our first Cider Press was stolen  in 2015, we were able to scrape together funds to purchase press #2, former staff member Dean Fausel put it together, and we continued on!! Summer has been an amazing season this year as always! Sam, Courtney,Lee,  Rob,Susan, and Megan have been all over Westchester and parts of Connecticut with our animal crew! 


We are now booking for the 2017/2018 school year, and Monika is all set, so give her a call at 914-276-3454, or by email,


 Here's to a healthy and happy 2017-2018 season from our family to yours! May we continue to value the natural world and all its amazing creatures though the work we do, with your continued financial support! We couldn't do it without all of you!


                                                                                        Dr. Deborah Mumford, Allan Mumford, Monika, 

                                                                                                and the staff at The Nature of Things



Birthday Parties

Let us help you celebrate your child’s birthday with animals from all over the globe! Your child and guests will explore animal habitats through a hands-on discovery of the rainforest, desert, woodland, farms, and even the mountains. Learn more and book a great wild animal party here . . .


Our naturalist/educators offer live animal presentations in a variety of different settings. The environmental outreach program travels to childcare centers, summer camps, fairs, and senior citizen centers. Each program is designed for its specific audience. Learn more and to book a program here . . .