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GENERAL GREEN CHIMNEYS INFO
What are your public visiting hours?
Green Chimneys welcomes the public for scheduled events, visits to the Farm & Wildlife Center, or just to take in the peaceful green setting. Our Brewster and Clearpool campuses offer a wide range of special events and activity programs throughout the year. View Upcoming Events >
The Farm & Wildlife Center is open for free weekend visits or scheduled tours.
Free weekend hours: Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 3pm
Guided tours are available April to November on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. See information on Farm Tours >
Families of Green Chimneys students should follow procedures outlined by the school.
Can I arrange a group tour/visit?
Green Chimneys welcomes students, clinical and professional groups from around the world. Please email us regarding the nature of your visit/area of interest and when you would like to come.
Nature study and outdoor education programs for schools, scout troops and other groups are offered at our Clearpool campus. View Clearpool Outdoor Education programs >
Can I hold an event at Green Chimneys?
Green Chimneys offers options for children’s parties, team-building/corporate service days and facilities rental. To inquire about availability, contact Recreation & Public Events at 845.279.2995 ext. 306
How do I volunteer?
Green Chimneys offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Review our list of Volunteer Service Options or submit a Volunteer Interest Form. For more information, call Volunteer Services at 845.279.2995 x286.
How can I apply for a job at Green Chimneys?
All applications must be completed and submitted via our Online Job Portal. View our list of Current Openings. For other employment questions, see our Employment FAQ.
SCHOOL & RESIDENTIAL ADMISSIONS
Green Chimneys offers a therapeutic day school and a residential treatment program. Both incorporate academic, behavioral and emotional support in a comprehensive learning environment to help each child achieve new skills and confidence. See Admissions FAQs for our Special Education School or Residential Treatment Center.
FARM & WILDLIFE
What animals do you have at Green Chimneys?
There are over 300 farm animals, horses and unreleasable wildlife in our Farm & Wildlife Center. The main criteria for animals in our program are that they play a supportive role with the children. Domesticated animals, such as sheep, goats, chickens, dogs and other animals that are accustomed to living with people, make up the majority of animal residents. These are the animals that provide close contact with the children. Non-domesticated species such as eagles, hawks and owls live in the rehabilitation center. The children do not handle the owls and eagles in the same way they work with the farm animals and dogs. What You Can See At The Farm >.
How do you pair up a child and animal?
Most children arrive at the farm during their first days with their social worker, class or dorm staff. They soon “pick out” a favorite animal quite naturally. We arrange for the child to work with that animal and form a bond. But all the animals are shared by everyone and they all are to be taken care of by us. Each child must reach out and build a relationship with a human and with their peers at the farm. The desire to care for their animal dictates that they learn about that animal from others. The trust and friendships established because of the animal’s needs and the child’s desire to nurture the animal are often the basis for our therapeutic treatment. The animal acts as a bridge from the child to the staff and peers. No child is ever forced to interact and the interest must come from the child.
How do you care for the animals?
Animal welfare is at the core of the Green Chimneys mission and great lengths are taken so each animal receives the utmost nutrition, housing and veterinary care. Animals are not objects to be used, but individual partners to interact with in a respectful manner. Behavioral enrichment is offered when needed and the staff is always vigilant that the animal benefit as much from their interactions with people as the children do. Experience has shown that the best way to prevent stress in therapy animals at the farm is to not ask too much of each animal in the first place. Prevention of stress is the key. Lots of breaks, rest periods, play time with other animals and frequent evaluation of the animals helps the staff and interns to make sure every horse, goat and pig continues to flourish in the program.
What is the difference between Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activities?
Why does animal-assisted therapy work?
Children can respond to animals in ways they often can’t to people. The human-animal contact helps bring out a nurturing instinct. Learning to care for animals seems to develop a sense of responsibility and caring among children who may not have known that themselves. Contacts range from children who play with a dog, cat or rabbit during a session with a trained adult, to the more comprehensive approach used by Green Chimneys where children experience an immersion with animals, including therapeutic horseback riding, horticulture therapy including greenhouse and garden work, nature, adventure activities and a dog interaction and training program to help prepare rescued dogs for adoption. We have found that many of our children come to us unable to trust others due to very difficult situations. They are often sad or angry. They are more apt to risk a friendship with an animal because the animal will not ask questions, will not judge them and will not tell their secrets to anyone. The animal then becomes a bridge to the caring adults who are trying to help the child become successful.
What are the clinical benefits of animal-assisted therapy/activities?
There are three major types of goals commonly focused on in an academic school setting:
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