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April 3, 2017
New Green Chimneys Executive Director Officially Takes the Reins
Joe Whalen welcomes Ed Placke to the helm of the renowned nonprofit for children with special needs
March 29, 2017
Green Chimneys Community Thanks Outgoing Executive Director Joseph Whalen
As Joe Whalen prepares to retire, we pause to express gratitude for his 45 years of service to the organization.
February 23, 2017
Green Chimneys Receives Third Grant from the Petco Foundation for Dog Interaction Program
With continued support from the Petco Foundation, students with special needs and shelter dogs are helping each other.
February 13, 2017
Green Chimneys Students Shine at Annual Talent Show
Reaching outside of their comfort zone and working collaboratively, these students are stars. And their growth and confidence are true signs of how therapeutic recreation can help children with special needs.
February 2, 2017
Green Chimneys Student Releases Rehabilitated Hawk
There comes a moment, a series of closely considered moments actually, when a student is ready for the next step in his or her journey. Watch one child's symbolic moment.
January 5, 2017
Rescue Parrot Nestles Into New Life at Green Chimneys
With patience and a lot of love, Green Chimneys staff helped one apprehensive Conure embrace his forever home.
January 3, 2017
Secret Santa Fulfills Wish List for Green Chimneys Equines
Right place, right time: Bumping into Green Chimneys staff during a shopping trip inspired donor Mindy Levine to give exactly what our equines need.
November 30, 2016
More than Chores: Weekly Sessions on the Farm Help Foster a Child's Interests While Supporting Therapeutic Growth
A story of one Green Chimneys student and growth he's achieving on the farm and within.
November 29, 2016
Green Chimneys Farm and Institute Director Honored by PATH Intl
Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife and Institute Director Michael Kaufmann receives the 2016 PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award.
November 21, 2016
Expressing Gratitude at Thanksgiving: A Speech-Language Activity for Children
The holiday is a wonderful opportunity to encourage children with expressive language difficulties to share.
November 9, 2016
3 Ways Camels Make For Unusual and Awesome Therapy Partners
Partnering with two Bactrian camels has enhanced animal-assisted therapy sessions at Green Chimneys.
October 31, 2016
Green Chimneys Farm Welcomes Abandoned Pig
An abandoned pig makes its way from Tennessee to Green Chimneys' therapeutic Farm & Wildlife program.
October 28, 2016
Green Chimneys School: A Parent's Perspective
October 12, 2016
Green Chimneys: Honoring History, Looking Ahead
As we approach Green Chimneys' 70th Anniversary in 2017, we share some insights from our esteemed leadership.
September 7, 2016
How Farm Activities Can Help Children’s Academic Learning
Mathematics is one of the subjects that many children struggle with, and they do not necessarily like. Activities on the farm can facilitate engagement and reinforce learning.
September 1, 2016
Thanks to Morgan Stanley, Green Chimneys Will Shine Bright on Broadway
Mark your calendar for October when Green Chimneys will play a leading role in Morgan Stanley’s “Lights on Broadway” campaign.
August 26, 2016
Four Tips for Helping Families Prepare for the New School Year
The back to school crunch is challenging for every family. And for children with special needs, the change can be extra difficult. Explore a few tips to help smooth the transition.
August 3, 2016
Green Chimneys Calls for Votes: Help Name Brown Swiss Calf
Our calf population is now up to two, and we need your help naming this sweet steer.
August 2, 2016
Green Chimneys Students Shine at 2016 4-H Fair
Each year, Green Chimneys School students demonstrate their vast knowledge, confidence and showmanship at the Putnam County 4-H Fair.
July 11, 2016
New York Yankees President and Wife Pledge Support for Green Chimneys Children and Animals
Randy and Mindy Levine have pledged $10,000 to help Green Chimneys children and animals. There's one curve ball: they want others to show their Green Chimneys support too.
June 30, 2016
Green Chimneys and Whole Foods Danbury Join Together for ‘5% Day’
Green Chimneys pays a visit to Whole Foods Market's Danbury store for its charity promotion day.
June 22, 2016
Green Chimneys Names Successor to Longtime Executive Director Joe Whalen
Dr. Edward Placke to assume leadership of renowned education and human services agency in June 2017.
June 17, 2016
Ayrshire Calf Joins the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center
Hearts are melting and it's not because of the heat! Meet one baby cow that's creating a buzz on our Brewster campus.
June 15, 2016
Green Chimneys Receives Support from Mindy Levine and the New York Yankees
The wife of New York Yankees President Randy Levine has stepped up to the plate: for every special Yankees t-shirt purchased, Mindy will donate to Green Chimneys!
May 24, 2016
Birds of Prey Help Green Chimneys Students Build Skills and Soar
Inquiring minds often want to know what the connection is between our wildlife center and our special education school. See how these two dots connect in a variety of wonderful ways to help children.
May 18, 2016
Green Chimneys Receives $20,000 Gift from The American Pet Products Association
Hats off to longtime Green Chimneys Board Member Robert L. Vetere: not only did he recently receive a prestigious award, he also made sure Green Chimneys benefited!
April 6, 2016
Green Chimneys Receives Second Grant from the Petco Foundation for Dog Interaction Program
Students with special needs and shelter dogs are helping one another create brighter futures. And with support from the Petco Foundation, this unique program is thriving.
March 20, 2016
Lessons in the Woodshop Lead to Lifelong Skills for Green Chimneys Students
In an environment rich with opportunities to learn from animals, plants, and endless outdoor experiences, you might miss the other hands-on educational and therapeutic activities that are equally beneficial.
March 16, 2016
University Researchers to Focus on the Green Chimneys Model
New research will look into the outcomes of animal- and nature-based interactions at Green Chimneys.
March 15, 2016
A Twelve-Year-Old Leads Improv Project to Help Raise Funds for Green Chimneys
Ethan recently took to the NYC comedy scene to inspire laughs and help raise support for our children and animals.
February 29, 2016
Green Chimneys Summer Camps Awarded for Program Excellence
Green Chimneys Summer Camp program is honored with the American Camp Association’s prestigious Eleanor P. Eells Award.
February 3, 2016
Volunteers Share Time, Talent and Heart with Green Chimneys
There are a variety of ways - and a variety of reasons - to help children and animals. Hear from one volunteer who explains why Green Chimneys is "the" place to do it.
January 29, 2016
Confidence Takes the Stage at Green Chimneys Talent Show
For children in our residential treatment program, some of whom struggle with communication, impulse control and sensory sensitivities, expressing yourself to a crowd of people under a literal spotlight is a meaningful milestone.
January 27, 2016
Students and Lambs are Learning at Green Chimneys
Green Chimneys School students have been learning about animal body language, familial relationships and more from our guests. Now watch how the lambs are learning too.
January 22, 2016
Green Chimneys Students Support the Plight of the Determined Chickadee in Winter
Our class is leading the charge in a simple, fun way to support local wildlife.
January 12, 2016
Lambs Make Lasting Impression on Green Chimneys School Students
Watching lambs from birth grow, relate to one another and their mothers, provides great learning opportunities for children with special needs.
December 28, 2015
Green Chimneys Founder Shares Big Birthday Wish
Some people take a day off for their birthday, but Dr. Ross is not one of those people. He's sharing his wish, right from his desk!
December 23, 2015
Green Chimneys Receives Sweet Donation from Gosselink Family and W.R. Berkley Corp.
Gingerbread houses continue to make a a difference for children and animals thanks to this holiday tradition.
December 21, 2015
Coping Skills Reinforce Learning and the Holiday Spirit for Children with Special Needs
Green Chimneys School students are supporting one another and celebrating the season.
December 7, 2015
Green Chimneys Launches Clinical Assessment for Human-Animal Interaction
Learn about a new clinician-administered tool designed to assess human-animal interactions in children which looks at the "whole" child (sensory needs, strengths, trauma history) to help guide individual treatment plans.
November 17, 2015
Green Chimneys Farm Welcomes Ewe Lambs
Our temporary residents are teaching children with special needs valuable lessons in animal care ... and connection.
October 29, 2015
Learning from a Model Forest
Since 2011, Green Chimneys’ Clearpool Campus has been the site of the second largest Model Forest established in and around the New York City Watershed. In partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council, we've completed a number of studies and best management practices.
October 21, 2015
Animal Enrichment: A Green Chimneys Perspective
When caring for animals, partners in nature-based programs for children with special needs, our animal experts evaluate each species' environment and activities to see what elements will best support natural behaviors.
October 20, 2015
Green Chimneys: Building Empathy in Our Children
What do cardboard boxes, string, and hay have to do with fostering empathy in children with special needs? It may seem so simple, but its implications can be profound – for Green Chimneys children and animals alike.
October 19, 2015
Green Chimneys Partners with Parents of Children with Special Needs
Since parents are the experts on their children, collaboration between staff and families is an essential part of each child's treatment plan. Learn about the training and knowledge we're building, together.
October 12, 2015
Green Chimneys School Garden Receives Extra Push from Students and Occupational Therapists
Spreading the word about the National Garden Bureau's grant competition has taken on a therapeutic benefit of its own.
October 9, 2015
Volz Auto Donates Van to Green Chimneys Youth Shelter
Green Chimneys Community-Based Services staff recently visited The Volz Auto Group’s Meadowland of Carmel location to receive a generous donation.
October 7, 2015
Putnam Community Service Network Awards Green Chimneys Founder and Executive Director
Congratulations to our founder, Samuel B. Ross, Jr., Ph.D. and executive director Joseph Whalen on being recognized for leadership in human services.
October 2, 2015
Green Chimneys Students Demonstrate Shelter Dog Program to Swiss Re Employees
Our students and canines helped kick-off Swiss Re's Charity of the Month celebration in Armonk, NY.
September 30, 2015
Farm-Based Educators Unite!
Green Chimneys recently participated in a multi-farm tour to explore how farm-based education centers are helping communities connect with the land, food, and each other.
September 27, 2015
EQUUS Foundation Awards Green Chimneys Grant for Equine Wellness
Thanks to a grant from the EQUUS Foundation, we are able to maintain a level of care for our horses that exemplifies the environment of nurturing and healing for children and animals.
September 15, 2015
Student Progress Report: Living and Learning at Green Chimneys
We're following up on a story from February. See how one young boy is making strides as a Green Chimneys resident and student.
September 9, 2015
Green Chimneys to Host Symposia on Horticultural Therapy and Human-Animal Interaction Research
This fall, The Sam and Myra Ross Institute will host educational events at the Leir Conference Center in Ridgefield, CT.
July 28, 2015
Green Chimneys Students Make Their Mark at the 2015 4-H Fair
The tradition continues: Green Chimneys students showcase their knowledge and skills with live animal presentations and class research projects at the annual 4H Fair.
July 6, 2015
Morgan Stanley Gives Time and Heart to Green Chimneys
As part of their Global Volunteer Month, Morgan Stanley donated over 1,000 labor hours to Green Chimneys last month. See how their employees helped make a difference >
June 30, 2015
Green Chimneys Receives Grant from XL Catlin for Vocational Education Program
Green Chimneys recently received a generous grant from XL Catlin for our growing Vocational Education Program.
June 29, 2015
Green Chimneys Therapeutic Equine Recovering from Surgery
Nelson, a favorite therapeutic riding partner at Green Chimneys, is on the mend following necessary surgery.
June 4, 2015
Green Chimneys Receives Grant from the Petco Foundation for Dog Interaction Program
Green Chimneys recently received a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. This grant recognizes the value of Green Chimneys’ Dog Interaction Program and enables us to maintain and expand it.
May 21, 2015
Injured Bald Eagle Heals at Green Chimneys
Calls to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center are common, especially in the spring, But calls about Bald eagles, are not as typical. See how this special birds is doing under our watch.
May 19, 2015
Green Chimneys School Students Show Compassion for Creepy Creepers
May 5, 2015
Baby Owls Receive TLC from Green Chimneys Students and Staff
When a longtime wildlife educator friend recently fell ill, Green Chimneys students and staff came to his aid. As a result, three baby Eurasian Eagle owls are temporary Green Chimneys residents making a big impression despite their small stature.
May 1, 2015
May is a Great Month for Green Chimneys to Celebrate Kindness to Animals, One Another and Ourselves
In a month packed with great cause awareness activities such as Be Kind to Animals Week, National Mental Health Month and Give Local America, we're pausing to celebrate what we instill in our students every day.
April 16, 2015
Caring for Therapeutic Equines at Green Chimneys
Our equine team recently received extra TLC made possible by the Equus Foundation. Learn why chiropractic and acupuncture treatments for our hard working horses is so important.
April 13, 2015
Green Chimneys Welcomes Mercy College's New President
Green Chimneys Executive Director Joe Whalen sends Mercy College's new president a special welcome message.
March 19, 2015
Green Chimneys' Youngest Students Lead St. Patrick's Day Parade
Our Nature's Nursery preschool and kindergarten classes — along with a special bagpiper — helped us get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.
March 18, 2015
Green Chimneys Wildlife Center: What To Do If You Find Baby Wildlife
Spring brings the birth of many baby wildlife as well as an influx of calls to our center. Here’s a list of species in order of popularity, and key reasons why leaving them alone is the best course of action.
February 27, 2015
Starting from Scratch: Equine-Assisted Therapy Helps New Green Chimneys Resident
Explore how one seven-year-old who struggles with relating to others and often misinterprets language, tone and non-verbal communication, is being helped by equine-assisted therapy and one very special American Shetland pony.
February 19, 2015
Green Chimneys Celebrates Lunar New Year
The Chinese New Year is officially here, and Green Chimneys is honoring the year of the sheep (or ram, or goat)!
November 19, 2014
Green Chimneys Welcomes Rescued Turkey to the Farm
It may be a surprise that a professional cooking instructor was the one to rescue a turkey from being someone's Thanksgiving dinner, but it's no shock that Green Chimneys students are welcoming this bird with open arms.
September 29, 2014
Green Chimneys Recognized for its Community Impact
The Putnam County Economic Development Corporation honors Green Chimneys with the 2014 Community Impact Award.
September 18, 2014
Green Chimneys Receives EQUUS Foundation Grant for Equine Wellness
Green Chimneys has been recognized as exceptional organization devoted to the well-being of horses and fostering the use of equine assisted activities and therapies.
August 27, 2014
Rescued Horse Finds Forever Home Thanks to Green Chimneys Volunteer
Second and third chances allowed one horse to be rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted. Green Chimneys staff, students, and a generous volunteer have helped Kit regain health and relocate to her forever home.
July 28, 2014
Green Chimneys 4-H Tradition with a Twist
For decades Green Chimneys has been a part of the Putnam County 4-H Fair. This year's addition of an equine animal showmanship competition allowed our students to shine.
July 24, 2014
Green Chimneys Research in Animal-Assisted Interventions Underway
Green Chimneys is conducting its first study to develop and test an empirically supported animal-assisted intervention by integrating dogs into social skills training for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
July 22, 2014
Horticultural Therapy Taps Into Resident’s Interests to Support Vocational Education
For one boy, Saturday morning sessions with a registered horticultural therapist are not only therapeutic and often even fun, they're also establishing a foundation for vocational learning.
July 2, 2014
Green Chimneys to Present on Nature-Based Education in Japan
The Sam & Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys supports the positive impact animals, plants and nature can have on human health and well-being through advocacy and education by sharing our knowledge globally. See who's headed to Japan...
June 30, 2014
Siblings Celebrate Success at Green Chimneys
Meet a brother and sister who are facing challenges and embracing opportunities to grow with the help of Green Chimneys' therapeutic day school and residential treatment programs.
May 31, 2014
Green Chimneys Welcomes Baby Emu
The Green Chimneys Teaching Barn is helping one special emu settle in to his new home.
May 6, 2014
New Minis Bring Big Learning Opportunities for Green Chimneys School Students
Accepting new animals into our Farm & Wildlife programs is a very thoughtful process. Meet two sets of miniatures who join our family with roots of their own!
April 30, 2014
From Hatchling to Young Vulture and Popular Teacher at Green Chimneys Wildlife Center
Last May Green Chimneys received an unharmed hatchling. One year later, this young vulture provides learning opportunities for students.
February 14, 2014
Sessions at the Farm Support Growth for Green Chimneys Resident
For some special needs children, controlling one's behavior is a challenge, as is communicating. And for some Green Chimneys residents tackling these issues, the farm provides a new playing field where clear communication and mindful behaviors become a reality. Meet one resident who's found his voice.
January 24, 2014
Green Chimneys Receives Gift from Stephen Colbert’s Fund
Thanks to The Stephen Colbert AmeriCone Dream Fund of Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, we have a whole new reason to grab a pint of Ben & Jerry's.
December 18, 2013
Young Bald Eagle Gets Second Chance at Life
From rescue to rehabilitation, one Bald Eagle spends a couple of weeks at Green Chimneys and is set to soar.
December 10, 2013
Two Pigs Join the Green Chimneys Family
The latest additions to the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center are not only getting used to their new home, they're getting acquainted with each other!
November 8, 2013
How Animal-Assisted Activities Can Help Children with Mental Health Issues
A recent Wall Street Journal story noted that animals are increasingly being used to assist patients with mental disorders. Green Chimneys knows firsthand how working with animals can help kids with the behavior challenges associated with ADHD and other psycho-social issues.
November 6, 2013
Green Chimneys Founder Recognized for Humanitarian and Philanthropic Leadership
This month Dr. Samuel B. Ross, Jr. will receive awards from both The Andrew Goodman Foundation and the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
October 21, 2013
Celebrating National Bully Prevention Awareness Month
As a special education school, the issue of bullying is so very important. This week we'll devote our social media efforts to sharing stories of bravery as student speak out against bullying.
October 18, 2013
More than Meets the Animal Eye
Making an animal friend might be easy for most Green Chimneys students, but what happens when one is challenged to make a new one?
September 12, 2013
The Forest as Classroom: New Season of Nature Programs Begins at Clearpool
Connect with the great outdoors and build knowledge of key environmental issues with a new season of hands-on programs for families, landowners and nature enthusiasts at Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus.
August 30, 2013
An Upstanding Start to the New School Year
Across the nation, schools have been urged to take an active role in preventing bullying, especially bullying of children with special needs. Green Chimneys is committed to fostering a safe, supportive learning environment, and we've launched a new program to help keep it that way!
August 20, 2013
This Magic Moment: Eagle Returns to the Wild
We've said farewell to a very special Green Chimneys temporary resident: the baby Bald Eagle. Here for just one month, the baby arrived lifeless, but thanks to a successful rehabilitation, the eagle left this nest strong and ready for her family reunion.
August 7, 2013
Focus On 4H: Students Present Expertise at County Fair
The 2013 Putnam County 4H Fair marked a great annual tradition for students plus countless awards for their knowledge and skill in animal care and outstanding class projects.
July 26, 2013
Baby Bald Eagle “Lands” at Green Chimneys
Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center has taken yet another creature under its wing: a baby Bald Eagle! All the way from Sullivan County, this eagle's clocking the miles with a little help from a wonderful network of animal experts.
May 29, 2013
Healed Golden Eagle Returns to Nature
With great grace we said farewell to the Golden Eagle which lived and healed at Green Chimneys since February.
March 18, 2013
Green Chimneys Students Dazzle and Amaze
The circus returned to the Brewster campus and our kids were the main attraction!
March 5, 2013
Golden Eagle Recoups at Green Chimneys
A bird of prey recently rescued now heals at the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center
January 9, 2013
New Home for Chickens
Green Chimneys chickens are thriving in a newly constructed coop on the Brewster campus. The new coop provides our feathered friends with ample room for roaming, nesting and laying eggs, which means our chickens will definitely be living healthier in the New Year!