Our non-profit, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) is dedicated to transforming the 23-acre Jay Estate into a vibrant educational campus, hosting innovative and inclusive programs about American History, Historic Preservation, Social Justice, and Environmental Stewardship.



Why do native trees matter? How can we create a homegrown national park in our own backyards or local municipalities? What are other organizations doing to increase biodiversity on their campuses? Start the day with networking and tours of the award-winning Jay Estate Gardens starting at 10:30am. Bring your own lunch and enjoy open seating on the veranda and in the gardens. Then join us at 12:30pm for a keynote talk by best-selling author and entomologist Doug Tallamy.

The day will wrap-up with a presentation at 1:30pm with panelists from Westchester and New York organizations like Healthy Yards and Ecobeneficial who will share their native tree planting projects. Browse table presentations from other ecofriendly organizations. Funding generously provided by our partners in philanthropy at Con Edison. Register here. Read more here.

May 4th, 9am to 12 noon

I Love My Park Day

Jay Heritage Center will host “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday, May 4th from 9am-12pm. This is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites including the Jay Estate, our 23-acre educational center with indoor and outdoor classrooms including the award-winning Jay Estate Gardens.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages to help make this local park even more beautiful and accessible. Clean trails, remove invasive species like multiflora rose vines, Oriental bittersweet, garlic mustard, Japanese Stiltgrass and more. Help plant annuals and build veggie bed trellises. Community service letters will be provided at the conclusion of your service, if needed. Read more here and see photos from past events.

May 4th, 12 - 2pm

Into the Weeds with Tama Matsuoka Wong

Join us as Tama Matsuoka Wong returns to JHC to share her newest book, Into the Weeds: How to Garden Like a Forager. Tama empowers budding and experienced gardeners alike to embrace a gentler, less rigid and more sustainable approach to tending the land. As a master forager and gardener, she invites you break free from meticulously ordered beds and rethink the way you engage with and value the plants around you. Into the Weeds teaches you to encourage those plants, even if you didn’t plant them yourself, turn invasive vines into simple structures like borders and beds, and transform the bounty of your surroundings into teas, tinctures, and cocktails. The program will include a demonstration of how to make an A frame trellis out of wild wood and natural materials along with a tasting of some of Tama’s favorite foraged recipes. Read more here. The event is free but registration is required.

The Jay Estate in Rye was home to one of our nation's greatest peacemakers, John Jay...

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