The Nature of Things


Welcome to our website, The Nature of Things.  With more than 35 years of offering environmental outreach programs, our goal is to continue presenting 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 having The Nature of Things be a part of your program's offerings!! The Fall session is upon us, which means Apple Cidering! Our Naturalists and cider press are ready to travel across Westchester County, bringing the fun of Fall to you. Kids learn the history of apple farms, part-take in the mashing of the apples and everyone gets to taste the sweet reward of their own apple cider. Make this interactive hands-on program a part of your curriculum today! Click the Contact Us tab for more information on booking. 


So that brings us to a couple of employment opportunities at The Nature of Things: We are currently interviewing for a Weekend Animal Care Assistant/Naturalist Assistant. Please see our Career Opportunities page for more information. If you are excited about working with exotic animals, this could be the opportunity for you!


 We are now booking for the 2019-2020 school year as well as Apple Cidering programs, and Monika is all set, so give her a call at 914-276-3454, or by email,


Here's to a healthy and happy year from our family to yours! May we continue to value the natural world and all its amazing creatures though the work we do and 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 . . .