• The Healing Power of Nature.

    Learn how human-animal contact can have a profound effect on a child.

  • Helping young students overcome challenges.

    An enriched learning environment that identifies and builds upon strengths.

  • Popular activities and events all year round.

    Opportunities for community members of all ages to explore and enjoy.

Therapeutic Special Education

Empowering our students to reach their full potential.

An innovative program incorporating academic, behavioral and emotional support in a comprehensive learning environment to help each child achieve new skills and confidence, and return to their home school district with the best chance of success. Green Chimneys School

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    8:1:2

    A student to faculty to teaching assistant ratio that addresses individual learning styles with necessary therapeutic support.

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    200

    Our 200 animals and wildlife play a supportive role in nature-based therapy and educational activities for children with special needs.

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    550

    Our 550 combined acres give students every opportunity to be part of the environment and discover their own special talents.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & SERVICES

So much to offer our community friends.

Green Chimneys is part of the surrounding community. From preschool programs to summer camp to outdoor adventures for school groups, Green Chimneys offers valuable education and recreation experiences, along with exciting public events, for all ages. Join us

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    Connect with animals and nature. Visit the Farm & Wildlife Center.

    Enjoy a weekend visit to the farm or join us for one of our famous events.

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    Early education to help kids' growth and development.

    Our dynamic preschool and before & after school programs serve children ages 3-12.

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    The great outdoors provides a perfect classroom.

    Learn through discovery with challenging outdoor activities and nature exploration.

The Newsroom

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Events Calendar

Nov 2

Trauma-Informed Classroom Strategies

8:45am - 2:00pm

The Leir Retreat Center, Inc.
220 Branchville Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Nov 3

Annual Parent Retreat

9:00am - 4:30pm

Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Road
Carmel, NY 10512
Nov 4

Conquer the Forest Trail Run

8:45 am & 9:30 am race times

Clearpool Campus

Nov 9

The Trauma-Informed Lens: Taking Care of Ourselves and the Children

9:00am - 2:00pm

The Leir Retreat Center, Inc.
220 Branchville Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Road
Carmel, NY 10512
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Brewster Campus
400 Doansburg Road
Brewster, NY 10509
Directions

Chinchilla

The Green Chimneys wildlife classroom is home to an adorable pair of chinchilla brothers who are often the first animals students want to hold. The brothers are inquisitive and playful but also very shy so students must be calm, and allow the chinchillas to come to them. The students love to build tunnels and play areas for the chinchillas and watch them in their favorite activities: taking dust baths (an instinctive act to clean their fur) and eating raisins. Considered to be the softest animal in the world, the chinchilla is a rodent native to the Andes Mountains of South America, and is a relative of the porcupine and guinea pig.