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
Sam Weinstock – Staff
Director & Naturalist/Educator
Sam brings over 10 years expertise in environmental education, teaching and program design in the Tri-State area, as a Visiting Scientist, Naturalist and Environmental Educator. He regularly teaches throughout Westchester County and in the wider metropolitan area with the Nature of Things (North Salem, NY) where he brings the animal world to public, private and parochial schoolchildren and community events. Sam, also, supervises and runs a Sunday therapeutic recreation program for special needs young adults during the school year (Nor West Regional Services, Cortlandt Manor, NY).
His efforts and time at Weinberg heed the primary cause: To inspire and carefully attend environmental programming at the Nature Center, from TOTs through high school, special needs and scouts, adults and seniors; to cultivate and help to guide volunteerism with the Friends of Weinberg, while ensuring all animals on-site are well cared for and programs/events run smoothly.
Sam’s early inspiration in environmental education came from his mentors and studies at an environmental school he attended his senior year in high school (1989) and certainly his time as a graduate student at New York University’s Environmental Conservation Education Program in the mid-to-late 1990’s. Sam lived about five years in Australia, studying and working in Aboriginal education in remote and urban areas. He has extensive hiking experience in the United States. His teaching today connects with the oldest of old culture and, certainly, with the new science learning standards in New York. His hobbies include wood sculpture, poetry and kayaking.
Sam enjoys keeping with the Weinberg tradition, teaching and being welcoming to all visitors at the Center. His zest for collaborations lands him well co-teaching alongside his colleague, Maura.
Maura Mandrano – Staff
Maura has over 15 years working as a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing animals back into the wild as well as educating people on proper animal care. She is a leader utilizing multimedia and grassroots efforts to campaign, outreach and help orphaned or wounded animals. Her e-print is national and beyond.
At Weinberg, Maura takes care of the 28 animal species at the Nature Center and, separately, she tends to the injured or in-need wildlife, often using outside pre-release cages at the Nature Center. Maura is involved in training Weinberg volunteers, teaching and running classes/special events and programs often with Sam.
Maura is not just an animal lover; she is a people person. With over 20 years’ expertise as an employment specialist she is well able to read people, and then teach accordingly. Throughout the year she will offer an Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation for adults. Her English degree will come in handy when she and Sam run a Naturalist at Sunset series for upper-age school children this spring and summer.
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