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Green Chimneys Featured in The New York TimesMarch 4, 2019
Green Chimneys was featured in The New York Times on Sunday, March 3.
Classroom as CommunitySeptember 30, 2019
With terms like “growth mindset,” “restorative justice,” and “positive behavior interventions and support” permeating schools across the country, educators continue to be dually tasked with adopting new approaches to classroom behavior management while also ensuring the growth of each individual.
Small Horse, Big Heart: SpadiAugust 21, 2019
A 19-year career is a success by any stretch and when it has served to help children with special needs, it feels even more meaningful.
Working Alongside Staff: A Volunteer’s ExperienceAugust 12, 2019
“When I first came to campus and saw the peacocks, the farm, and the camels, I knew this was the place for me,” explains Carrie describing her first visit to Green Chimneys.
Baby Owls Receive Second Chance at Life in the WildJuly 19, 2019
What did a team of wildlife experts do when they found themselves with not one, not two, but three baby owls on their hands?
It’s a Girl: Farm Welcomes FoalMay 15, 2019
At long last, we’re pleased to announce the arrival of a foal; meet Cricket!
Students and Shelter Dogs Win with Pawesome ProgramMay 7, 2019
Green Chimneys School students recently participated in the Rockland Community College\’s Health & Wellness Fair.
The Power of PartnershipApril 30, 2019
When a bird of prey is flown in falconry, it is at its prime.
Student Benefits from Team ApproachApril 17, 2019
In the midst of the bustling dining hall, 14-year-old Elijah says, \”I felt ashamed.
Classroom Strategies for Sensory SupportApril 2, 2019
In recognition of Autism Awareness month, we are sharing tips for educators.
Miniature Horse Leads Big LessonsMarch 27, 2019
In the fall, a pregnant eight-year-old miniature horse joined the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center.
Injured Bald Eagle Under Expert CareMarch 22, 2019
Last week, Green Chimneys Wildlife Expert Paul Kupchok received an unexpected call.
Remembering Green Chimneys Founder Samuel B. Ross, Jr.February 28, 2019
One year ago today, Green Chimneys Founder Samuel B.
Students Share and Shine at Talent ShowFebruary 15, 2019
When the lights went up on the Green Chimneys Talent Show last night, there couldn’t have been a more dramatic start.
Green Chimneys Receives Fourth Grant from the Petco Foundation for Dog Interaction ProgramFebruary 6, 2019
For the fourth year in a row, Green Chimneys has received a grant from the Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes in-store fundraising campaign in partnership with Merrick Pet Care.
Tradition Continues Thanks to W. R. BerkleyDecember 20, 2018
Each December, for the past decade, children at Green Chimneys have waited in anticipation for the arrival of a big, beautiful, delicious treat to arrive in our dining hall from … W.
Pretium Partners Help Children Experience the Spirit of GivingDecember 14, 2018
Santa’s helpers present themselves in a variety of ways this time of year, and we are always touched by the giving spirit.
New Grant to Launch After School Coding ClubDecember 7, 2018
Green Chimneys is a proud recipient of new funding to support computer skills and activities for students with autism.
Three Holiday Gift Ideas That Give BackNovember 14, 2018
Start checking holiday gifts off of your list.
Student and Rescued Mule Help Each OtherNovember 8, 2018
By the age of eight, Britt had lived on several New England farms before ending up at a New Hampshire-based rescue.
School Food for ThoughtNovember 2, 2018
Feeding children is no easy task and school menus typically reflect challenges that range from picky eaters to high food costs to kitchen staffing.
Green Chimneys Names APPA CEO Bob Vetere as New Board PresidentOctober 11, 2018
This month, American Pet Products Association (APPA) President and CEO Bob Vetere will assume the role of Green Chimneys Board President.
Remembering Longtime Donor and Volunteer Vivian DonnelleyOctober 9, 2018
It is with sadness that we share the passing of Vivian Donnelley, a longtime donor, volunteer and dear friend of Green Chimneys.
Celebrating Horses and Humans Working TogetherOctober 8, 2018
There are few things more graceful than a horse and rider moving as one as they seamlessly complete a well-appointed jumping course.
Mindfulness Initiative Helps Students Build Key SkillsSeptember 17, 2018
Holistic physician Amy Saltzman defines mindfulness as “Paying attention to your life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity.
Sensory Tools Can Help Children Transition Back to SchoolAugust 28, 2018
For many children with sensory sensitivities, ADHD, anxiety, or those with a diagnosed disorder such as Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing, acclimating to the classroom environment may be challenging.
Team Spirit Takes All During Raptor WeekAugust 21, 2018
Green Chimneys School students work hard all year long so coming together for a few days of team activities and healthy competition is a great way to close out the summer session.
Green Chimneys Teacher Shares Year-End Thoughts and PrideAugust 17, 2018
Change is never easy but always constant.
Sensory Support for Students with Special NeedsJuly 9, 2018
The children who come to Green Chimneys School struggle with a wide range of social-emotional issues that can seriously challenge a child’s ability to cope in certain situations.
Students with Special Needs Boost Culture of KindnessMay 29, 2018
A colorful and kind mural was recently installed at Green Chimneys thanks to our inspired students, supportive staff and a keen collaboration with fellow nonprofit Ben’s Bells.
Green Chimneys Sustains Significant Damage to Wildlife CenterMay 22, 2018
On Tuesday, May 15, a devastating storm struck parts of New York and Connecticut.
Wild Ducklings Receive Head Start at Green ChimneysMay 4, 2018
At long last, there are signs of spring blossoming throughout both Green Chimneys campuses, from budding trees to baby wildlife.
The Gyrfalcon: A True Flight of FancyApril 27, 2018
Strong is the torch that’s carried for all things royal.
Scavenger Hunt Meets Farm Exploration for Green Chimneys StudentMarch 30, 2018
On a frosty winter day, student Zach and therapist Rachael meet at the chicken coop for an occupational therapy session.
Continuing the Legacy of Green Chimneys Founder Samuel B. RossMarch 1, 2018
New York’s human services world has lost a truly unique educator and advocate for children and animals.
Green Chimneys Community Shines at Annual Talent ShowFebruary 16, 2018
What makes our annual Talent Show so special?
Horseshoes Meet Vocational Education at Green ChimneysJanuary 25, 2018
Green Chimneys School students recently received a lesson from our longtime farrier, Tom Nolan.
Challenging Young Minds at Green Chimneys SchoolJanuary 18, 2018
Which foods are most susceptible to mold?
Reinforcing Positive Behavior to Help Students Build Core SkillsNovember 5, 2017
It’s hard to remember where and how we first learned to “behave appropriately.
Harnessing the Best of Green ChimneysOctober 27, 2017
Sharing Expertise in Residential EducationOctober 23, 2017
Green Chimneys Executive Director Ed Placke offered an educator’s perspective on best practices for students with special needs at two important forums this October:
As a featured speaker, he presented “Educating Students With/Without Disabilities in Residential Care\” at A Child Welfare Symposium presented by Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education in West Harrison, NY.
Green Chimneys Students Prepare to Conquer the ForestOctober 11, 2017
Come November 18th, Green Chimneys will host Conquer the Forest, a 5-mile trail run through the Model Forest at the Clearpool campus in Carmel, NY.
Green Chimneys Celebrates Runaway Youth PreventionOctober 5, 2017
November is National Runaway Prevention Month and Green Chimneys is shining a light on the issues facing runaway youth.
Green Chimneys Welcomes Scottish Highland CalfSeptember 12, 2017
November is National Runaway Prevention Month and Green Chimneys is shining a light on the issues facing runaway youth.
The Green Chimneys School Garden Teaches as It BloomsAugust 17, 2017
Summer is always a wonderful time in the school garden.
Green Chimneys Becomes Temporary Home for Family’s Beloved HorseAugust 8, 2017
In February, Yonkers, New York residents Mario and Amy Basantes were enjoying a trip to New Orleans when the unexpected happened while watching a parade: a drunk driver careened into a group of onlookers, hitting more than 30 people.
Green Chimneys Earns PATH Intl. ReaccreditationJune 28, 2017
Upholding high industry standards in animal care and practice is an important part of the Green Chimneys culture.
Celebrating 100th Shelter Dog to “Graduate” from Green ChimneysJune 7, 2017
Cue “Pomp & Circumstance” and prepare yourself for a most wonderful graduation strut.
American Chestnuts Planted at Green Chimneys Clearpool CampusMay 10, 2017
Green Chimneys Outdoor Education staff and students plant seeds to help increase growth of the American chestnut species in the region
Outdoor Education staff and students at Green Chimneys’ Clearpool Campus in Carmel, NY got their hands dirty – as they often do – with a hands-on lesson in sustainability and forestry.
One Family’s Journey to Green ChimneysMay 8, 2017
Green Chimneys taught me that when you feel you are alone heading down a dark, never-ending road, it just might be leading you to the brightest most promising place you have ever been.
Honoring Green Chimneys Founders Myra and Samuel B. Ross, JrApril 17, 2017
To celebrate 70 years of Green Chimneys is to honor our roots.
New Green Chimneys Executive Director Officially Takes the ReinsApril 3, 2017
It was a joyous and meaningful day for the entire Green Chimneys community as longtime agency head Joe Whalen officially passed the reins to Dr.
Green Chimneys Community Thanks Outgoing Executive Director Joseph WhalenMarch 29, 2017
In 1972, a young teacher joined the staff of Green Chimneys School.
Green Chimneys Receives Third Grant from the Petco Foundation for Dog Interaction ProgramFebruary 23, 2017
For the third year in a row, Green Chimneys has received a grant from the Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes in-store fundraising campaign in partnership with Natural Balance.
Green Chimneys Students Shine at Annual Talent ShowFebruary 13, 2017
But there they were.
Green Chimneys Student Releases Rehabilitated HawkFebruary 2, 2017
When an injured bird has been nurtured back to health at Green Chimneys, we pause before it’s released to wish it well.
Rescue Parrot Nestles Into New Life at Green ChimneysJanuary 5, 2017
In November a local SPCA reached out to Green Chimneys to see if we would be able to take in a 20-year-old Conure parrot recently rescued and in need of a home.
Secret Santa Fulfills Wish List for Green Chimneys EquinesJanuary 3, 2017
In December, during a quick stop at Patterson-based Saddle Manor, Green Chimneys staff researched equine equipment for possible purchase.
More than Chores: Weekly Sessions on the Farm Help Foster a Child’s Interests While Supporting Therapeutic GrowthNovember 30, 2016
It\’s been nearly two years since Green Chimneys Farm Program Facilitator Cody Scott began working with student Sebastian.
Green Chimneys Farm and Institute Director Honored by PATH IntlNovember 29, 2016
Green Chimneys congratulates Michael Kaufmann, Director of Farm & Wildlife and The Sam and Myra Ross Institute, as recipient of the 2016 PATH Intl.
Expressing Gratitude at Thanksgiving: A Speech-Language Activity for ChildrenNovember 21, 2016
Many families take the time to verbally express their words of gratitude when gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving.
3 Ways Camels Make For Unusual and Awesome Therapy PartnersNovember 9, 2016
Green Chimneys Farm Education Manager Miyako Kinoshita and Social Worker Shauna McWilliams are colleagues and friends.
Fresh From Snow Hill FarmNovember 1, 2016
Green Chimneys is always so grateful for the gifts we receive from our friends and supporters but when those gifts are organic, sustainably produced and delicious, it’s something to talk about!
Green Chimneys Farm Welcomes Abandoned PigOctober 31, 2016
A warm welcome to Oscar; a two-year-old Vietnamese Pot Belly Pig that joined the Green Chimneys farm this past September.
Green Chimneys School: A Parent’s Perspective by Fay CasatutaOctober 28, 2016
All of our children are different and need different things as they grow and mature.
Green Chimneys: Honoring History, Looking AheadOctober 12, 2016
For any organization, a milestone anniversary prompts thoughtful looks back and ambitious ideas for the future.
Animal Enrichment and Well-BeingNovember 5, 2015
Among the many facets of caring for farm animals and wildlife at Green Chimneys is animal enrichment.