Dedicated to the study, interpretation and conservation of our natural resources.
To promote and encourage an understanding, appreciation and study of the practice of conservation and of the natural sciences and to that end to participate in and encourage the use and development of the Weinberg Nature Center and other conservation activities.
Staff and Volunteers
Cindy J. Polera - Staff Village Naturalist/Director of Programs
Cindy is a life-long lover of nature and animals, art and photography. She has been educating adults and children formally for 16 years, working part-time at the Weinberg Nature Center. She was the Children’s Program Educator at the Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont, N.Y. She was the Town of Mamaroneck Recreation Nature Specialist for 4 years doing morning and afternoon programs at various locations for the town’s summer camps. She also worked as an independent contractor doing nature themed birthday parties, scouts programs, etc. Cindy teaches with several educational props such as kid-sized lily pads, bat, bird, butterfly and ladybug wings including antennae, frog and butterfly tongues, most of which she makes herself. “Children get a better understanding of an animal by pretending to be the animal. By learning how it lives, finds its food and defends itself, they develop a love and respect for it that hopefully will follow them into adulthood. They are having fun and learning as well”. “I’m able to draw on my own curiosity about nature as a child and develop programs accordingly.” Cindy has her own menagerie at home she uses in her programs. She also writes nature inspired stories and songs that she shares with the kids. Her cockatiel, pet rabbit and tree frog along with several different types of creepy crawlies share her office at home.
Cindy’s studies began at Westchester Community College. She then completed 2 more years studying Wildlife Conservation and the Environment at Ashworth College in Atlanta. In 1998, she took a 6 month Environmental Educator certificate program at The Sheldrake Environmental Center, formally the L.I.F.E. Center. Two years of private art instruction with renowned Hudson Valley artist Paul Gould allowed her to further express her love for nature through sketches, oils and acrylics.
Maura Mandrano Staff instructor since Dec. 2016
Ted Johnson - Volunteer Marine Tank Advisor
Ted was born and raised in Mamaroneck. He's an avid boater and has served in the United States Navy as a boiler technician. He's the proud father of one son, who also volunteers. He currently works as a greeter at Mamaroneck Avenue School in Mamaroneck.
A much deserved acknowledgement to our extraordinary volunteers, past and present. Many of you went on to become our assistants and summer staff and for that we love you!, Your love for animals,nature and your desire to share that love with others inspires others to be good stewards of the planet.
Many thanks you for your support and dedication!
~Cindy J. Polera
Robert (Bob) Mass
Jill Dornick, Wildlife Rehabilitator
Weinberg's Animals Village Pets, Mamaroneck New York