Forsyth Nature Center

Welcome to the Forsyth Nature Center

Welcome to the Virtual home of the Friends of Forysth Nature Center

The Forsyth Nature Center has been growing and changing for many years.

The Mission of the Forsyth Nature Center is “To foster the exploration of the natural world in and around our community through educational programming and contact with flora and fauna at an interpretive facility”. The Forsyth Nature Center has 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens that contain a variety of native flora found right here in the Hudson Valley.

 The Nature Center has been a fixture in the Kingston Community since 1936 and continues to grow and expand with the help of the community through its Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, a not for profit group and with the support of the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

 Silly, The Desert Tortoise

Green Friday - November 28, 2014


The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department's Second Annual Green Friday Event on Friday, November 29th from 11am-2pm at the Forsyth Nature Center in uptown Kingston.

This green alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year will allow community members to learn about a variety of environmentally conscious lifestyle choices and products that will be sure to inspire and inform, most of which can be purchased locally
Pre-Registration is welcomed. Parking is available at the Nature Center's Dietz Stadium Entrance and/or the Lucas Avenue Entrance to Forsyth Park. Visit or call 845-481-7336.
Highlights include a Green Infrastructure tour at 11:30, Rain Barrel Class at 12:30 and Birdwalk at 1:15pm
Here’s what we have in the works so far:
 A fully electric and a hybrid electric car on display
 Composting Demonstrations with a backyard composter giveaway
 Ink and toner cartridge collection
 RUPCO holiday light retrofit demo
 Home Energy audit sign ups
 1.2KW Solar array spotlight
 Green Infrastructure Tour
             o 40 space pervious Asphalt parking lot
             o Permeable paver stone walkway and patio
             o Rainwater harvesting
             o Rain Garden
             o Xeriscape Garden
 Simple, low cost energy efficiency home upgrades/weatherization
 Rainwater Harvesting Workshops with 20 Rain barrel giveaways
 Home Improvement: green products and services
 Winter Birding
           o Holiday shopping tips for birders
           o Decorated holiday tree with treats for birds
           o Guided bird walk with focus on optics, identification, and habitats
  Get Involved: local sustainability initiatives representatives (invited)
           o Climate Smart Kingston
           o Conservation Advisory Council
           o Bike Friendly Kingston
           o Complete Streets Advisory Council
           o Kingston Land Trust
           o Kingston Tree Commission
           o Live Well Kingston
           o John Burroughs Natural History Society
     o Friends of Forsyth Nature Center with FNC merchandise, engraveable   paver sales
 Support the FNC: Holiday Wish Tree
 Green vendors
           o Renewables/energy
           o Building performance contractors
           o Green cleaning, green building
           o Transportation


New Program Registration Site Live!

The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce our new Online Program Registration Website is now live. Click here to create an account, search for upcoming programs and much more. Visit for more information.