Connect with the natural world through art and science discovery programs

25 Feb

Finding Warmth in Winter

Nyack Library, Nyack

This program will explore the different ways humans and animals keep warm in winter; from fur, to fabrics, to structures, to heating oil. We will work with microscopes and magnifiers to look from a scientific perspective, then we will get creative with art and natural...

18 Mar

After School Class – Westchester

Hudson Valley Writer’s Center, Sleepy Hollow

Discover new ways to play with the day! Notice what’s happening in nature: the season, weather, daylight, trees, wildlife . . . In this class we watch the workings of nature over time, and let our questions be our guide. We make art related to our discoveries, with a...

20 Mar

Earth Art Mini-Camp: March 20

Marydell Faith & Life Center, Nyack

For ages 6-12 Give your kids the best break from school with nature exploration and earth art! Strawtown’s mini-camp is the ultimate way to refresh and recharge with nature, art, and science adventures. We go on outings to see what we can discover and then return to...

Come see us at the OUTSIDE Nyack
Farmer’s Market on March 5th!

See what makes Strawtown so special!

NEW! Educator Training


Nature, Art, Children


Water Advocacy


Please Support Our Important Mission!

Strawtown is growing!  After 16 years we are looking to accomplish a whole lot more.  With your support we can reach more children and  communities! 

“If you raised all the children, we could turn it around in one generation.” -Joey L, parent

Strawtown In The News!

2019 Woman of Distinction Award

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The New York State Assembly honored Laurie Seeman in Albany with a 2019 Woman of Distinction Award for innovation in teaching children in nature, and for “meeting the needs of the environment with steadfast work, wisdom, and compassion.” Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, recognized 10 women from Rockland County, acknowledging that “these women, whose strength, vision, hard work and compassion are lifting up others, strengthening our communities, our economy, and improving our quality of life.”  

Water Advocacy Recognized

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Rockland County Times named Laurie Seeman as the Volunteer of the Week. The Times recognized her dedication and inspiration in organizing community aquatic monitoring — protecting the American eel, advocating for the protection of water, and for inspiring students and the community to explore the natural world through personal inquiry and an artistic lens, which betters our understanding of the environment and ourselves. Photo Credit: Laurie Seeman

Earth Matters: The Suez Saga and Why You Care

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Few things are more important than protecting our local drinking water supply.  Have you heard what Suez wants to do at Lake DeForest?  Strawtown’s own Laurie Seeman is just one of the local citizens who is questioning what is right for the water.  Want to find out how to quickly get involved and have your voice heard?  Helpful steps are included in this article.



Together, with Laurie’s visionary leadership and support from our friends & sponsors, we are dedicatedly working to expand our program offerings and launch new teacher trainings from our base location at Marydell in Upper Nyack.

Please visit the link below and add your own support to help us attain wider success in teaching more children. Thank you!


“We truly love what you do for the community and our son. We feel so comfortable sending him to you because you educate him in nature, creativity, mindfulness and awareness. It’s very much appreciated.”

Ashley R.


“We are lucky to have found a place our daughter can really be herself, that challenges her, and inspires her each day. Thank you so much for being such wonderful and inspirational teachers!”

Jenn W.


“One thing I was especially impressed with was how calm and comfortable the kids were with you being outdoors all day, no electronics, and I wonder what magic you guys employed to make them feel so.”

Sona M.

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