JHC Newsletter
With this jam-packed, shareable activity edition, we salute all those kids and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are making adjustments and new discoveries this spring!

We hope you enjoy this selection of ways to explore your world, indoors and outdoors. Grab your camera, binoculars, crayons, or just a comfortable reading chair. Pass it along to friends!
Get to Know Your Birds
with Merlin
The 23-acre Jay Estate is a habitat for some of nature's most beautiful birds from owls , to red-tailed hawks , to wild turkeys . Our new native meadow, in its third summer of installation, is only increasing the diversity of flora and fauna. On your next walk through the park, try using the Merlin app from Cornell Ornithology (recommended by JHC board member Tracy Edwards ) to help identify what you find. Which birds are you likely to see at the Jay Estate? Start with this list from the Great Backyard Bird Count .
Listen to some of the morning birds at the Jay Estate below.
A is for Architecture:
Outdoor Instagram Contest
for all ages
This month JHC launched  I Spy Rye the architecture edition in an effort to expand familiarity with the ABCs of architecture in Rye and beyond. The contest is adapted from our popular summer tours and architecture camp and can be played while out on a fresh-air walk.

Train your eyes and then build your visual vocabulary from  architraves  to  muntins! Label your pics with   #ISpyRye or #jayheritagecenter ,   OR tag the architecture word of the week if you live in another town so we can all share our observations with each other wherever we live. We’ll look through the posts and announce winners and a new architecture word each Friday.
A is for Arch
B is for Bridge
Inaugural John Jay History Award: Jack Engel
Congratulations to Jack Engel , the first recipient of the John Jay History Award ! Jack will be a rising junior at Horace Greeley High School and has spent the past two summers as an intern at JHC. Based on his research here, he has been invited by the editors of the Jay Papers at Columbia University to write a guest blog about his research.
Four Inspiring Books for Kids About Epidemics
JHC board member and Children's Education Committee co-chair
Kelly Bakshi explains what past pandemics can teach children about resilience and ingenuity. These books inspire hope and show how healing is possible in the wake of an epidemic.
Meadow Bingo!
Plus, Audiobooks for
Future Green Thumbs
Author and JHC volunteer Anne Mottola 's " Wonders in the Garden " series for children is now available in audio book format perfect for distance learners or quiet Saturday afternoons at home.
History in Living Color
This coloring book teaches kids about New York State's official symbols and history. Color the state flower ( the rose ), the state tree ( the sugar maple ), the state seal, and more!

Jay Heritage Center at the
Jay Estate
A National Historic Landmark
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580 

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