To All of Our I Love My Park Day Volunteers

Everyone here at Bayard Cutting Arboretum would like to say thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for I Love My Park Day 2015!


Save the Date – Fall Garden & Harvest Festival on September 27 & 28

Save the Date for the 2014 Fall Garden & Harvest Festival at Bayard Cutting Arboretum.  The dates are Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28.  Save the Date and stay tuned for more details!

We were selected by Newsday as one of the “Top 10 Outdoor Activities”

imageWe were selected by Newsday as one of the “Top 10 Outdoor Activities” 


 The Bayard Cutting Arboretum is the beautiful former Great River home of William Bayard Cutting. Take a house tour and walk the grounds, or grab a snack from the quaint cafe and claim one of the Adirondack chairs on the expansive lawn to take in the beauty of the Connetquot River ($8 parking, 631-581-1002,

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House Tours now include the Annex and Exhibition

Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm   through end of June,  we invite you to take a Manor House tour with one of our fantastic Docents.  This tour is the only way to see the upper floor of the Bayard Cutting family’s and also the new gallery space in the newly opened annex.  Not only will you be able to experience both floors of the historic home, you will also learn about the family & many of the interesting customs of the Victorian Age through anecdotes about the Cutting family.

The tours are “walking tours” and each one lasts about an hour and a half, therefore patrons often schedule a Victorian Tea at the Hidden Oak Café to coincide with the completion or before the tour. The Hidden Oak Café is located inside the Manor House, facing an incredible view of the
Connetquot River across the Great Lawn. If you are interested in making reservations for Victorian Tea, or in scheduling a party please call the Hidden Oak Café at 631-277-3895.

BCA also offers private tours for groups of ten or larger, both of the Manor House and the grounds. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding public or private tours at (631) 581-1002.

Fee:   $ 10.00 per person (age 12 and over)  $4.00  per child (5 – 11 years old).  No children under 5 years old please.   We cannot reserve your spot until payment is made .  Cash or check only please.  Checks payable to “Natural Heritage Trust” or “NHT”.  Mail checks to BCA, PO Box 907, Great River, NY 11739.  All proceeds directly support the operation and care of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

BCA is a New York State Park and we adhere to all NYS guidelines including the $8 per car parking fee and the booth collection schedule.  Call the park office at (631) 581-1002 and select option 1 for a list of hours and fees or visit for more details.

Children’s Education Program at the CSA Farm

2014 Children’s Education Program at the CSA Farm
by Karen Valdini

We are happy to announce that we’re offering our Children’s Education Program at the CSA Farm again this season. Children of members and non-members are welcomed to join us.

Session I, an after school program, will run from May 14th to June 25th on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00.
Session II, the summer program, will run from July 2 to July 30th on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30. Classes will alternate weekly between two age groups; children in grades K-3 and 4-8.

Several popular topics will be covered over the course of the spring and summer months. Participating children will learn about many aspects of the CSA and its farming techniques. Topics touch upon the history of our CSA barn and field; organic farming methods used at the CSA; the care and maintenance of our strawberry patch and herb garden; meeting and caring for our happy flock of foul; and cooking with fresh organic local vegetables.

Registration has begun for both sessions. For your convenience, the full class descriptions and registration forms are linked below and may be downloaded. You may sign your child up for individual classes or for as many classes as you would like. Don’t miss out on this exciting experience! Classes will max out at 15 students per class and it is first come first served. Please note that fees vary from Session I and II due to longer classes during the summer (Session II). Fees for members and non-members differ. Contact me at to reserve a place in a class. Registrations forms and payment should be mailed directly to the arboretum. The address is listed on the registration forms.

We hope that you find these topics interesting and that you encourage your children to participate. Our CSA provides a wonderful opportunity to learn and play.
We would also like to thank the “CSA Education Committee” for all their input and efforts in helping to develop this program. Our members are our greatest asset and resource, and we have a great team of educators that bring many years of teaching experience and knowledge to this program. Thank you Dona, Regina, Lynn, Barbara, Eileen, Gina, Marilyn and Jeri.
Also, we can always use chaperones or helping hands for these classes, so if you are interested, let me know.

Click Here to Download the Class Descriptions

Click Here to Download K-3 Registration Form

Click Here to Download 4-8 Registation Form

Spring Daffodil Walk with Michael Runkel – Saturday, April 26 – 1:15 – 3:15 pm

BCAHS invites you to a
Spring Daffodil Walk with Michael Runkel


Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:15 pm to 3:15 pm
Meet at the Gazebo

Bring your family and explore the Arboretum’s daffodil collection with Michael Runkel. In addition to the thousands of naturalized daffodils that adorn the Arboretum’s spring landscape, you will find 28 named varieties of narcissus, representing each of the thirteen horticultural divisions. On your walk through the New Pinetum, Michael will teach you the difference between bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes and show you the differences between the divisions and variations in color in the collection.

Michael has served as the Arboretum’s landscape curator for the past two years. Michael was graduated from Farmingdale State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture. While studying at Farmingdale, Michael supplemented his education by working at Planting Fields Arboretum under the tutelage of Vincent Simeone.

Fee:  Non-Members $20 / BCAHS Members $15

All children 17 and under are FREE when accompanied by a paid adult.

 For registration form :