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 All Armonk Listings10504, history, about armonk, kensico reservoir, american revolution, smiths tavern, museum, activities, attractions, things to do, places to go, parks in armonk, antique shops in armonk, outdoor activities in armonk, kids on a picnic, revolutionary war  featured listings  

 Armonk Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10504, Park, Native American artifacts, natural pond, Wampus Lake Reservoir, Things To Do, Boating, Boat Rental, Fishing, Ice-Skating, Nature Study, Picnicking | Westchester Wampus Pond Park

914-273-3230 
  Wampus Pond Park, 102-acres in size, is located at Route 128, Armonk NY 10504, Westchester County. Wampus Pond is named after the Indian from whom this land was bought in 1696. Wampus Pond means “opossum". A recent cultural resources inventory performed by Parker Harrington indicates that early 20th century rock shelters, several Native American artifacts and remnants of historically significant residential developments were found within or near the park. Wampus Pond Park | Westchester  website and more . . .

10549, Things To Do, Hiking / Walking, museum, nature center, trails, birding, ongoing study programs, Hands-on programs Bedford Corners, Hudson River Valley | Westchester Westmoreland Sanctuary

914-666-8448 
  Westmoreland Sanctuary is located at West 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners, NY 10549, Westchester County, in the Hudson Valley. Westmoreland Sanctuary is a reconstructed 200 year-old building serving as a museum and nature center. The central room is used as an auditorium for public, school and scout programs and its periphery and second story balcony contains exhibits of flora and fauna of Westchester County. Westmoreland Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Bedford Village Listings10506, hamlets, bedford hills, bedford village, katonah, history of bedford, about bedford village, bedford village memorial park, biking, hiking, fishing, ward pound ridge reservation,  largest park, fun day, out with the kids, historic sites  featured listings  

 Bedford Village Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10549, Things To Do, Hiking / Walking, museum, nature center, trails, birding, ongoing study programs, Hands-on programs Bedford Corners, Hudson River Valley | Westchester Westmoreland Sanctuary

914-666-8448 
  Westmoreland Sanctuary is located at West 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners, NY 10549, Westchester County, in the Hudson Valley. Westmoreland Sanctuary is a reconstructed 200 year-old building serving as a museum and nature center. The central room is used as an auditorium for public, school and scout programs and its periphery and second story balcony contains exhibits of flora and fauna of Westchester County. Westmoreland Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Town of Bedford Listings10506, hamlets, bedford hills, bedford village, katonah, history of bedford, about bedford village, bedford village memorial park, biking, hiking, fishing, ward pound ridge reservation,  largest park, fun day, out with the kids, historic sites  featured listings  

 Town of Bedford Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10507, Sanctuary, Park, Bedford Hills, parks, municipality of Bedford, Things To Do, Hiking, Walking Trails, Natural Areas | Westchester Beaver Dam Sanctuary Park

914-666-7004 
  Beaver Dam Sanctuary Park, off Harris Road, is located in the hamlet of Bedford Hills NY 10507, Westchester County. Beaver Dam Park is one of several parks in the municipality of Bedford. Beaver Dam Sanctuary Park | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Chappaqua Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Sanctuary Chappaqua, wetlands, woodland trail, strolling, birding, wildflowers, views, Nature Walk, Walking Trails | Westchester Pinecliff Sanctuary

914-666-6503 
  Pinecliff Sanctuary is located at Pinecliff Road, off Route 120, Chappaqua, NY in Westchester County. Pinecliff Sanctuary offers a quarter mile wheelchair accessible boardwalk over and around a red maple swamp. Pinecliff was first protected by the New Castle Land Conservancy. Pinecliff Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .

Things To Do, Birding, Birding Hummingbirds, Hiking, Nature Walks, Quiet Views, Sanctuary, Garden, Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, Chappaqua | Westchester Pruyn Sanctuary Buttterfly and Hummingbird Garden

914-666-6503 
  Pruyn Sanctuary Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden is located at 275 Millwood Road (Route 133), Chappaqua, NY in Westchester County. Pruyn Sanctuary is a demonstration garden within a six-acre native arboretum surrounded by a 92-acre parcel of protected open space. The garden features over 125 types of annual and perennial flowering plants selected to be food or nectar plants for butterflies, honey bees and hummingbirds. A drip pool attracts birds. Over 40 species of butterflies and moths, and three dozen species of birds are drawn to the garden. Pruyn Sanctuary Buttterfly and Hummingbird Garden | Westchester  website and more . . .

Audubon, Westchester County, New York, protect the natural world, National Audubon Society, environmental education, sanctuaries, wildlife habitat, environmental education, natural history programs, field trips | Westchester Saw Mill River Audubon

914-666-6503 
  Saw Mill River Audubon is a local organization with members from twenty communities in Westchester County, New York. Members of Saw Mill River Audubon are part of a dynamic, involved community of people who love the outdoors and desire to learn more about and protect the natural world. We have worked for over fifty years to protect natural ecosystems through education, advocacy, and habitat conservation. We were chartered as a chapter of National Audubon Society in 1953. Saw Mill River Audubon | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Cortlandt Listings10567, croton-on-hudson, buchanan, crugers, verplanck, montrose, cortlandt manor, lake peekskill, mohegan lake, history, things to do, places to go, activities, attractions, biking, kids, croton point park, wine cellars, revolutionary war  featured listings  

 Cortlandt Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Things To Do, Croton Dam, park, fishing, picnicking, hiking, Old Croton Aqueduct, Ballfields, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Walking, Nature study, Picnicking, Playground, Winter Activities | Westchester Croton Gorge Park & Historic Croton Dam

914-827-9568 
 
Click to enlarge picture of "Croton Gorge Spillway"

CrotonDamPlazaSpillway Croton Gorge Park, a 97-acre property, is located at Route 129, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10520 in Westchester County. The Park is located at the base of the New Croton Dam, and affords impressive views of the dam and spillway.

The Croton River begins here. The bridge that spans the Croton River offers beautiful views of the spectacular spillway.

Croton Gorge Park & Historic Croton Dam | Westchester  photos, website and more . . .

Environmental education, outdoor activities, children, families, ELLA, Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp, Things To Do at Teatown, Children's Events, Diverse Habitats, Hiking, 15 miles of hiking trails, Nature Center, Outdoor Animal Exhibits | Westchester Teatown Lake Reservation - Cortlandt

914-762-2912 
  Teatown Lake Reservation is located in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. Teatown's postal address is: 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY, 10562.

Teatown programming includes: Environmental education, stewardship of Teatown’s preserve and regional conservation activities throughout the Hudson Valley. Our education efforts include a wide range of classes, lectures and outdoor activities, on and offsite, for children, families and adults - all focused on nature and the role of biodiversity in sustainable living. Teatown leads the “Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance” (ELLA) – a learning network of 120+ civic leaders from 28 towns and villages. Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp is sought after and highly regarded. Teatown's Hudson River EagleFest is a signature annual, regional event." Teatown Lake Reservation - Cortlandt | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Cortlandt Manor Listings10567, history, about cortlandt, northwestern corner, history and antiquities, things to do, places to go, around cortlandt, activities, attractions, state parks in cortlandt, golf courses in westchester, antique shops, outdoor activities, nature walk  featured listings  

 Cortlandt Manor Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Things To Do, scenic loop hikes, Hiking Walking Trails, Nature Study, hiking, nature study, restaurants in Northern Westchester County, New York 352-acre park, Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County, Park, Cortlandt, Hudson River Valley, New York State | Westchester Hudson Highlands Gateway Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

914-734-1050 
  Hudson Highlands Gateway Park
Cortlandt, Westchester County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

"The 5.2 miles of trails in this park co-owned by Scenic Hudson, the Town of Cortlandt and Westchester County offer exciting opportunities to explore forests, rock ridges, streams and wetlands, as well as the myriad wildlife dependent upon them. Hudson Highlands Gateway Park is managed by the Town of Cortlandt, with trails maintained in cooperation with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference." Hudson Highlands Gateway Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Cross River Listings  featured listings  

 Cross River Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10518, Nature Museum, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY, Westchester County Parks, interpretive nature centers, butterfly and moth hatcheries, wildflower garden, guided nature trails, Things To Do at the Museum, Park, Bird Watching | Westchester Trailside Nature Museum - WPR - Cross River

914-864-7322 
 
Click to enlarge picture of "Entrance to Ward Pound Reservation".

Entrance to Ward Pound Ridge The Trailside Nature Museum is located at 6 Reservation Road, (Junction of Routes 35 and 121 South), Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY 10518 in Westchester County. The Museum is owned and operated by Westchester County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. The museum was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and is one of the oldest interpretive nature centers in the United States. Trailside Nature Museum - WPR - Cross River | Westchester  photos, website and more . . .
 All Croton-on-Hudson Listings10520, village of croton-on-hudson, history, croton landing, croton and new croton dams, new croton aqueduct, croton dam, about croton-on-hudson, activities, attractions, things to do, places to go, fishing, children, kids, picnic at a croton-on-hudson  featured listings  

 Croton-on-Hudson Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Sanctuary, Hudson River Valley, hiking trails, habitats, Highland Trail,  trail system, hiking, birding, wildflowers, scenic, Saw Mill River Audubon, Things To Do, Guided Tours, Nature Walks, Croton-on-Hudson | Westchester Brinton Brook Sanctuary

914-666-6503 
  Brinton Brook Sanctuary is located in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY in the Hudson River Valley. Brinton Brook Sanctuary offers three miles of hiking trails through a wide variety of habitats. The trails of Brinton Brook Sanctuary connect to the Highland Trail, part of the Croton-on-Hudson village trail system. Brinton Brook is a good place to enjoy hiking, birding, wildflowers and scenic vistas. Brinton Brook Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .

Nature Center, Discovery Trail, Things To Do, Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking / Walking, Historic District, Nature Study, park, local history, nature walks, Bald Eagles, IBA, historic district, Wine Cellars, Conifer Forest | Westchester Croton Point Nature Center

914-862-5297 
  The Croton Point Nature Center is located at the 504-acre Croton Point Park, the largest peninsula of the Hudson River in Croton-on-Hudson. The scenic discovery trail winds its way through the park, enabling visitors to explore the Croton Point's many plant and wildlife species, including painted turtles and a variety of frogs, as well as its unique historical features. Croton Point Nature Center | Westchester  website and more . . .

Croton Point, Park, activities, camping, hiking, swimming, wine cellars, Things To Do, Birthday Parties, Boat Launch, Fishing, Hiking, Historic Wine Cellars, Museum, Nature Study, Playground, Swimming Beach, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing | Westchester Croton Point Park

914-862-5290 
  Croton Point Park, a 508-acre property, is located at Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester County. Find many historical features at Croton Point, including Historic School House, Wine Cellar, Wine Cottage, and more. Croton Point Park | Westchester  website and more . . .

Sanctuary, Hudson River, hiking, birding, scenic views, trail maps, Things To Do, Nature walks, Walking / Hiking | Westchester Graff Sanctuary

914-666-6503 
  Graff Sanctuary is located at Furnace Dock Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY in Westchester County. Graff Sanctuary is a protected woodland ridge overlooking the Hudson River. Highlights of Graff Sanctuary are the mature forest with large tulip trees and sugar maples.Great horned owls nest at Graff Sanctuary. Graff Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .

Croton River, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, working estate, history, Historic Landmark, Georgian, Federal period furnishings, Hudson River Valley, post-revolutionary, Attractions, Gardens, Guided tours, for the kids, children, costumed guides | Westchester Van Cortlandt Manor "Historic Site"

914-631-8200 
  Van Cortlandt Manor is located on South Riverside Ave, off Route 9, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, in one of the River Towns of Westchester County. Van Cortlandt Manor, situated on the banks of the Croton River, is a working estate and elegant country house that brings the new nation period vividly to life. The history of the estate is richly documented and the manor house contains primarily original furnishings, which provides an element of authenticity rarely seen in house museums.

A National Historic Landmark, the 18th-century stone manor house is the centerpiece of the property. It features a fine collection of Georgian and Federal period furnishings, many original to Van Cortlandt Manor. Of particular note is an extraordinary kitchen on the ground floor, with original hearth, beehive oven, and extensive collection of cooking equipment and utensils. Also on the grounds is an 18th-century tavern situated on the historic Albany Post Road at the site of a ferry crossing over the Croton River. The tavern showcases a collection of vernacular Hudson River Valley furnishings and evokes fascinating tales of travel and transport in the post-revolutionary period. Van Cortlandt Manor  "Historic Site" | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Crugers Listings10521, history, about, things to do, around crugers, outdoor activities, attractions,  play golf, golf courses, fishing in cortlandt, biking in crugers, kids, picnic areas in crugers, children, walk, biking, hiking, northwestern westchester  featured listings  

 Crugers Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10567, Oscawana Island, Nature Preserve, Cortlandt, Hudson River, waterfront park, birding, sighting, Bald Eagle, Least bittern | Westchester Oscawana Island Nature Preserve

914-271-3293 
  Oscawana Island Nature Preserve is located at Furnace Dock Road, Off Route 9, Cortlandt 10567 in Westchester County. Oscawana is a natural Hudson River waterfront park that is bisected by Furnace Dock Road and the Hudson Division Railroad Line. Oscawana Island lies along the Hudson River. This is an excellent spot for birding and possibly sighting a Bald Eagle in winter. The park also has tidal marshlands frequented by Least Bittern and a newly grown forest that contains a river flowing through the mid-northern section. Oscawana Island Nature Preserve | Westchester  more . . .
 All Dobbs Ferry Listings10522, history, river towns, river town, hudson river, hudson river valley, south, southern, southwest, southwestern, hudson river, hudson river valley  featured listings  

 Dobbs Ferry Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10522, Dobbs Ferry, NY, History, National Historic Landmark, historic sites, museum, horseback riding, biking, bird watching, cross country skiing, activities, Biking, Birding, Bridle Path, Hiking, Nature Trails, Self Guided Tours, Winter Activities | Westchester Old Croton Aqueduct "State Historic Park"

914-693-5259 
  Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park is located at 15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 in Westchester County.

A Bit of History about Old Croton Aqueduct
"During the 1830s New York City was in dire need of a fresh water supply to combat the steady rise of disease and to fight numerous fires that often engulfed large tracts of businesses and homes. After numerous proposals and an abandoned plan two years into its production, construction of an unprecedented magnitude began in 1837 under the expertise of John Bloomfield Jervis. The proposed plan called for a 41 mile aqueduct and dam to be built in order to run water from the Croton River to New York City. Three to four thousand workers, mostly Irish immigrants earning up to $1.00 per day, completed the masonry marvel in just five years. In 1842 water flowed into above ground reservoirs located at the present sites of the New York Public Library and the Great Lawn of Central Park. Throngs of people attended the formal celebration held on October 14th and celebrated with "Croton cocktails" - a mix of Croton water and lemonade." Old Croton Aqueduct  "State Historic Park" | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Eastchester Listingsabout the town of eastchester, southern westchester county, bronxville, tuckahoe, grand central station, bronxville or tuckahoe stations, town government, eastchester town hall, neighborhoods of eastchester, school district, history  featured listings  

 Eastchester Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10709, park, Eastchester, NY, southern Westchester County, Veteran's Memorial, Gold Star Mother's Monument, Congressional Medal of Honor Garden, Things To Do at Memorial Park, Garden, Walking | Westchester Memorial Park

914-771-3311 
  Memorial Park, a 1-acre park, is located at White Plains Road and California Road, Eastchester, NY 10709 in southern Westchester County. The Veteran's Memorial, Gold Star Mother's Monument and Congressional Medal of Honor Garden and Memorial are located in this one acre park. Also featured are award winning plantings with paths and benches. Memorial Park | Westchester  website and more . . .

10583, Park, Bob Haindl Recreation Park, Eastchester NY, Things To Do at Rescigno Park Park, Benches, Monuments | Westchester Rescigno Park

914-771-3311 
  Rescigno Park, a 1/2-acre park, is located on Brook Street (Bob Haindl Recreation Park), Eastchester NY 10583 in southern Westchester County. This one-half acre park contains plantings, monuments and benches. Rescigno Park | Westchester  website and more . . .

10709, Park, Eastchester, NY, southern Westchester County, landscaped rock gardens, paths and benches, summer outdoor concerts, recreational events, Things To Do at Town Hall Park, Benches, Gardens, Town Outdoor Concerts | Westchester Town Hall Park

914-771-3311 
  Town Hall Park is located at 40 Mill Road, Eastchester, NY 10709 in southern Westchester County. The park is set among landscaped rock gardens, paths and benches. It is the site for the Town's summer outdoor concerts and other recreational events. Town Hall Park | Westchester  website and more . . .

Park, nature study, stables, riding, bridle trails, Things To Do, Equestrian Trails, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, horses for hire, Nature Study, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing, Ice Skating | Westchester Twin Lakes Park and Nature Study Woods

914-961-2192 
  Twin Lakes Park and Nature Study Woods, a park and an equestrian center offering boarding, leasing, horse shows, English riding, and therapeutic riding, is located at 960 California Road, Bronxville, NY 10708 in Westchester County.

From Twin Lakes: "Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester and Nature Study Woods in New Rochelle, are composed of two land parcels separated by the Hutchinson River Parkway. The native woodland surrounds a series of lakes that make up the predominant character of the parks. Access to Nature Study Woods is on Webster Road in New Rochelle. Twin Lakes Park and Nature Study Woods | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Katonah Listings10536, history, town history, about katonah, activities, attractions, things to do, hamlets, katonah, biking, hiking, fishing, katonah memorial park, antiquing, antique shops in katonah, historic sites, john jay homestead, historic site, children  featured listings  

 Katonah Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10536 Hudson River Valley pre-concert picnic Music Festival House Museum Gardens Upcoming Concerts 
orchestra St. Luke's art artists classical classics festival festivals concert concerts chamber opera vocal caberet jazz paintings sculptures | Westchester Caramoor Center for Music and Arts

914-232-5035 
  Caramoor Center for Music and Arts is located at 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY 10536 in the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Caramoor is a magnificent estate dedicated to the Performing Arts. Throughout the year, Caramoor offers musical experiences to be enjoyed by everyone. Programs include Great Artists in the Music Room, Caramoor Classics, Programs for Families, Cabaret, Vocal Gala, Jazz, Festivals, and more. Caramoor Center for Music and Arts | Westchester  website and more . . .

10536, Farm, interpretive farm, Katonah, NY, dairy farm, Park, educational programs, hike,  hiking trails, petting and feeding, farm animals, Things To Do at Muscoot Farm, Art Exhibit, Art Gallery, Birthday Parties, Museum, Kids attractions | Westchester Muscoot Farm

914-864-7282 
  Muscoot Farm, a 777-acre interpretive farm is located at 51 Route 100 in Katonah, NY 10536 in Westchester County.

From the owner: "Muscoot Farm was originally a "Gentleman's Farm" founded by Ferdinand T. Hopkins in 1880 and operated as a dairy farm until Westchester County acquired the property in the late 1960s. Today, Muscoot Farm is a Westchester County Park that strives to preserve and interpret its agrarian past. Visitors may stroll through the original barns, visit with the animals, participate in educational programs or hike the many miles of trails. There is something for everyone on Muscoot’s 777 acres." Muscoot Farm | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Mount Kisco Listings  featured listings  

 Mount Kisco Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Sanctuary, hiking, birding, views, Things To Do, Nature Center, Scenic Views, Mount Kisco, mature forest, tulip trees | Westchester Choate Sanctuary

914-666-6503 
  Choate Sanctuary is located at Crow Hill Road and Route 133, 1 mile west of Mount Kisco. Highlights of Choate Sanctuary are the many unusual rock outcroppings and the mature forest with large tulip trees, red oak and red maple. Choate Sanctuary is a good place to enjoy hiking, birding, and quiet views over the surrounding woodland. Dogs are permitted on leashes. Press blue button for more information about Choate Sanctuary. Choate Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .

10549, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549, County Park, musical, educational, and public programs, Copland House at Merestead Concert, Attractions at Copland House at Merestead, Concerts, Formal gardens, Educational Programs, Georgian Revival mansion, Historic Site | Westchester Copland House at Merestead

914-788-4659 
  Copland House at Merestead is located at 455 Byram Lake Road, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 in Westchester County. Merestead (farmland in Scottish) was designed and built in 1906–07 by famed architects Delano & Aldrich as the country home of William Sloane, President of the W & J Sloane Furniture Company, and his family.

From Copland House: "Sloane’s son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Patterson, Jr., gave this majestic property to the people of Westchester. A County Park, the 130-acre estate includes a 26-room Georgian Revival mansion, carriage house, farm buildings, formal gardens, natural woodlands, rolling hills and meadows, and over two miles of trails. Copland House at Merestead | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Mount Pleasant Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Park, Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, Revolutionary War army surgeon, five miles of bike trails, Things To Do, Biking Trails, advanced bikers, Hiking Trails, Nature Study | Westchester Graham Hills Park

914-864-7000 
  Graham Hills Park is located in Mount Pleasant, Westchester County. Graham Hills, a one-time hamlet and station on the Putnam Railroad, takes its name from Dr. Isaac Gilbert Graham, a Revolutionary War army surgeon, who settled there circa 1785. Graham Hills Park | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Mount Vernon Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10550, Park, Pool, Mount Vernon, NY, swimming, wave pool, water slide, water playground, Things To Do, Fishing, Hiking, Nature Study, Picnicking, Playground, Winter Activities, Ice Skating, Birthday Parties for Kids, bathhouse | Westchester Willson’s Woods Park & Pool

914-813-6990 
  Willson's Woods Park and Pool is located at East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon NY 10550, Westchester County. Willson's Woods is one of the oldest parks in Westchester County. Willson’s Woods is a 23-acre park offering a beautiful swimming pool and adjacent English Tudor style bathhouse along with areas for picnicking and fishing. Willson’s Woods Park & Pool | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All New Castle Listingshistory, antiquities, history and antiquities, facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, about westchester county, information, population, statistics, events, current events, historical, new castle, northcastle  featured listings  

 New Castle Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Things To Do, Birding, Nature walks, Sanctuary, Town of New Castle, Mount Kisco, Saw Mill River Audubon, rock formations, large tulip , sugar maple trees | Westchester Haas Sanctuary

914-666-6503 
  Haas Sanctuary, a 14-acre sanctuary, is located on the eastern edge of the Town of New Castle south of Mount Kisco. Haas Sanctuary was first protected by the New Castle Land Conservancy which merged with Saw Mill River Audubon in 1975. Highlights of Haas Sanctuary are the beautiful rock formations, large tulip and sugar maple trees, and a native meadow along Sheather Road. Haas Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .

Environmental education, outdoor activities, children, families, ELLA, Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp, Things To Do at Teatown, Children's Events, Diverse Habitats, Hiking, 15 miles of hiking trails, Nature Center, Outdoor Animal Exhibits | Westchester Teatown Lake Reservation - New Castle

914-762-2912 
  Teatown Lake Reservation is located in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. Teatown's postal address is: 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY, 10562.

Teatown programming includes: Environmental education, stewardship of Teatown’s preserve and regional conservation activities throughout the Hudson Valley. Our education efforts include a wide range of classes, lectures and outdoor activities, on and offsite, for children, families and adults - all focused on nature and the role of biodiversity in sustainable living. Teatown leads the “Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance” (ELLA) – a learning network of 120+ civic leaders from 28 towns and villages. Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp is sought after and highly regarded. Teatown's Hudson River EagleFest is a signature annual, regional event." Teatown Lake Reservation - New Castle | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All New Rochelle Listings10801, history, about new rochelle, things to do, places to visit, activities, attractions, restaurants, dining, buying a home in new rochelle, concert, golf course, antique stores, children, park, kids, parks in new rochelle, playground, movies, shopping  featured listings  

 New Rochelle Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

10801, Park, New Rochelle N.Y., passive recreation area, Things To Do, Seasonal Sled Riding, Scenic Views, Sunbathing, Walking | Westchester Davenport Park

914-654-2087 
  Davenport Park, 20-acres in size, is located on Davenport Avenue in New Rochelle NY 10801, Westchester County. This is a passive recreation area overlooking Long Island Sound. This park is ideal for sunbathing, walking, sitting or reading a book. Contains a Shakespeare Garden. Valid omnicards are required year round. Davenport Park | Westchester  more . . .

10801, Park, New Rochelle N.Y., playground for children, walking path, flower garden, benches, Things To Do, Playground | Westchester Feeney Park

914-654-2087 
  Feeney Park is located at 7th Street and Washington Avenue, New Rochelle NY 10801, Westchester County. Feeney Park offers a playground for children, walking path, flower garden and benches. Feeney Park | Westchester  more . . .

10801, Park, outdoor amphitheater, Things To Do, Amphitheater Outdoors, Fishing on Dock, Horseshoe Courts, Large grassy area, Nature walks, Pavilion, Picnicking, Playground for children, Shuffleboard, Sunbather's Beach | Westchester Five Islands Park

914-654-2087 
  Five Islands Park, 15-acres in size, is located off LeFevre Lane in New Rochelle, NY 10801, Westchester County. Five Islands Park has a large grassy area, sunbather's beach, picnic areas, pavilion, large playground for children, outdoor amphitheater, also ideal for nature walks. A pedestrian bridge links Big and Little Harrison Island to the main Oakwood Island. This beautiful park has barbeque pits, picnic tables, benches and open air pavilions for rent and a dock for fishing. Valid omnicards are required year round. Five Islands Park | Westchester  website and more . . .

10801, Park, New Rochelle  N.Y., playground for children, walking path, flower garden and benches, Things To Do, Basketball Court, Benches, Flower Garden, Playground, Walking | Westchester Stephenson Park

914-654-2087 
  Stephenson Park is located on Stephenson Blvd. and Lyons Place, New Rochelle NY 10801, Westchester County. The park offers a playground for children, basketball court, walking path, flower garden and benches. Stephenson Park | Westchester  more . . .
 All North Salem Listings10560, northeastern corner, horse country, croton falls, grants corner, north salem, purdys, train stations, public schools, hiking trails in mountain lakes park, birding, boating, camping, cross-country skiing, fishing, restaurants in north salem  featured listings  

 North Salem Gardens, Nature Centers & Nature Trails

Stroll Garden, Things To Do, Birding, Brush Painting, Children's Workshops, Educational Tours, Restaurant | Westchester Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

914-669-5033 
  The Hammond Museum was designed by Natalie Hays Hammond who borrowed the basic principles and ideas of the Stroll Garden incorporating indigenous plantings with popular and rare Japanese and Chinese specimens. "As people often travel to escape routine problems and obligations, or to escape themselves, so should they find peace in an unhurried journey through a stroll garden." Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden | Westchester  website and more . . .

10560, North Salem NY, trails, highest point in Westchester, activities, boating, camping,  Hemlock Lake, Spruce Lake, fishing, ice skating, hiking, nature exploration, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, picnicking, rowboat rental , Things To Do | Westchester Mountain Lakes Park - Sal J. Prezioso

914-864-7312 
  Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park is located at Hawley Road, North Salem NY 10560, Westchester County and is Westchester’s northernmost county park. It is set on 1082-acres and is characterized by a rugged landscape and native hardwood forest with miles of trails. Situated in this lovely park is Mt. Bailey, the highest point in Westchester. Mt. Baily offers breathtaking vistas in every season. Mountain Lakes Park - Sal J. Prezioso | Westchester  website and more . . .
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natural preserve, reservoir property, butterflies, migrating birds, Hikers, Biking, Birding, Hiking, Nature Study, Winter Activities, trail map, dogs are only allowed on leash | Westchester Kitchawan Preserve

914-864-7000 
  "Kitchawan Preserve is a 208-acre natural preserve bordered by the New York City reservoir property and the North County Trailway, which runs along the eastern edge. The park features native woodland and open fields, where butterflies and migrating birds can be seen in abundance in late spring. Kitchawan Preserve | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Things To Do, Park, Camping, Cross-Country, Skiing, Horseback, Fishing, Hiking, Trail, Trails, Ice Skating, Mountain Biking, Nature Study, Playground, Picnicking, Sportsman Center, target shooting range, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing | Westchester Blue Mountain Reservation

914-862-5275 
  Blue Mountain Reservation is located at Welcher Avenue in Peekskill, New York. Blue Mountain is a 1500-acre park in the northwest section of Westchester County. It is primarily a passive park and features miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, walking, nature study and more.

Blue Mountain offers challenging hikes to the top of two large peaks: Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. The park contains a bathhouse and Trail Lodge, as well as two historically significant comfort stations. These comfort stations were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are reminiscent of early 20th century National Park structures. Blue Mountain Reservation | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10803, Country Club, Pelham Manor, NY, 18-hole, championship golf course, Devereux Emmet, golfing, Golf Course,  Attractions | Westchester Private Golf Course - Pelham Country Club

914-738-2730 
  Pelham Country Club is located at 940 Wynnewood Road, Pelham Manor, NY 10803. One of Pelham Country Club's premier attractions is its 18-hole par 71 championship golf course. The Devereux Emmet designed course presents a wide variety of challenging holes. It boasts a 133 slope rating for men and a 137 slope rating for women. Press blue button for more about golfing at Pelham Country Club. Private Golf Course - Pelham Country Club | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Rockefeller Estate, historic site, Sleepy Hollow, NY, River Towns of Westchester, Hudson Valley landmark, architecture, gardens, scenery, Things To Do at Kykuit, history, Art Galleries, Coach Barn, Garden terraces, Scenic Views, Sculpture Collection | Westchester Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate "Historic Site"

914-631-8200 
  Kykuit Rockefeller Estate, an historic site of the National Trust, is located in Pocantico Hills, New York. However, all tours begin at 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 in one of the River Towns of Westchester County.

Click to enlarge photo of Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow.

Click to enlarge photo of Kykuit Rockefeller Historic Site Kykuit, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained. Completed in 1913, Kykuit reveals the fascinating history of four generations of the Rockefeller family.
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate  "Historic Site" | Westchester  photos, website and more . . .

jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, IBA (Important Bird Area),   birders, licensed anglers, fishing, Things To Do, Bridle Path, Fishing, Hiking, Nature Trail, Picnic, Winter Activities, Sledding | Westchester Rockefeller State Park Preserve

914-631-1470 
  Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 1,233-acres in size, is located at 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY 10570 in Pocantico Hills, Westchester County.

"Visitors will delight in the ever growing haven of open space in Westchester County known as Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Approximately 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. With 180 recorded species of birds and its IBA (Important Bird Area) designation by the National Audubon Society, the Preserve is a must visit area for birders. In season, licensed anglers enjoy fishing for bass in the 22 acre Swan Lake and for brown trout in the Pocantico River. Rockefeller State Park Preserve | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10518, Nature Museum, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY, Westchester County Parks, interpretive nature centers, butterfly and moth hatcheries, wildflower garden, guided nature trails, Things To Do at the Museum, Park, Bird Watching | Westchester Trailside Nature Museum - WPR - Pound Ridge

914-864-7322 
 
Click to enlarge picture of "Entrance to Ward Pound Reservation".

Entrance to Ward Pound Ridge The Trailside Nature Museum is located at 6 Reservation Road, (Junction of Routes 35 and 121 South), Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY 10518 in Westchester County. The Museum is owned and operated by Westchester County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. The museum was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and is one of the oldest interpretive nature centers in the United States. Trailside Nature Museum - WPR - Pound Ridge | Westchester  photos, website and more . . .
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Kendall Sculpture Gardens, PepsiCo headquarters, Purchase, NY, Sculpture Gardens, world acclaimed sculpture collection, Things To Do at Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens, Visit, MTA Metro-North Railroad to White Plains | Westchester Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo

914-253-2000 
  The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens is located at 700 and 735 Anderson Hill Road, PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase, NY, Westchester County in the Hudson River Valley. The Sculpture Gardens and the Purchase campus of SUNY are across the street from each other.

Click to enlarge photo of Grande Disco , by Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Click to enlarge photo of Grande Disco by Arnaldo Pomodoro Since the mid-1970s, Pomodoro has continued to gain renown for his unique engagement with fundamental geometric shapes, notably the column, cube, pyramid, sphere, and disc. His massive architectonic forms suggest a continual process of self-destruction and regeneration. His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at major museums.

Learn more about Arnaldo Pomodoro and his work at Arnaldo Pomodoro in Kendall Sculpture Gardens.
Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo | Westchester  photos and more . . .
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Wildlife Sanctuary, Nature Center, IBA, Environmental education programs, intertidal ecology, marine biology, plant science, ornithology, Things To Do, Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking / Walking, Nature Study Programs | Westchester Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary

914-967-8720 
  The Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center is a 179-acre park located on the shore of the Long Island Sound, along a migratory flyway. This sanctuary is home to a great diversity of marine life. In winter months, the 85-acre lake, a mixture of salt and fresh water, hosts over 5,000 ducks. The sanctuary has been recognized by the national Audubon Society of New York as an Important Bird Area (IBA). There are three miles of trails through forest and field. Along the half-mile of publicly accessible shore, the intertidal habitat harbors a wide diversity of plants and animals. Environmental education programs are offered to schools, scouts and other groups by advance reservation. Group size is limited to 30, and there is a modest fee based on group size and length of program. Topics can be tailored to the needs and interests of the group and include: intertidal ecology, marine biology, plant science and ornithology. Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary | Westchester  website and more . . .

Marshlands, wildlife sanctuary, Things To Do, Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking / Walking, Nature Study Programs, Long Island Sound, Atlantic migratory flyway, bird watching | Westchester Marshlands Conservancy & Nature Center

914-835-4466 
  Marshlands Conservancy is a 147-acre wildlife sanctuary composed of a diversity of habitats. Forest, meadow, salt marsh and shore can be explored. Enjoy three miles of trails and one-half mile of shoreline along the Long Island Sound. Located along the Atlantic migratory flyway, Marshlands is an excellent bird watching location; more than 230 species have been sited. The Marshlands salt marsh is one of few in New York accessible to the public for study and enjoyment. Marshlands Conservancy & Nature Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10583, Nature Center, nature preserve, wildlife habitat refuge, migratory birds, birthday parties, environmental topics, education programs for children, Bring the children, kids of all ages enjoy, Things To Do, Botanical Exhibits, Live Animal Museum | Westchester Greenburgh Nature Center

914-723-3470 
  The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is located at 99 Dromore Road, off Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale NY 10583, Westchester County in the Hudson Valley. The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is a 33-acre nature preserve with trails, a pond, an old orchard succession site, and gardens. The property is a significant wildlife habitat refuge, both for indigenous species and for the hundreds of species of migratory birds that use it as a resting place on their spring and fall travels. The property includes 30-acres of woodland, two significant wetland sites, and an old orchard succession site, used as a nesting area for Eastern box turtles. Greenburgh Nature Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
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photo of Philipsburg Manor, historic site, historical importance, living history museum, Guides in 18th-century costume, tours, many fun things to do with children, Things To Do at Philipsburg Manor, Tour Philipsburg Manor Historic Site | Westchester Philipsburg Manor "Historic Site"

914-631-8200 
  Click to enlarge photo of Philipsburg Manor.

Click to enlarge photo of Philipsburg Manor. Philipsburg Manor is a historic site of great historical importance. Once the headquarters of a large Hudson Valley manor, the site vividly interprets aspects of the history of colonial New York and the system of racially-based slavery which helped keep the estate running in the 18th century. Philipsburg Manor  "Historic Site" | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Arboretum, concert, musical fare, picnic supper, Things To Do, Botanical Specimens, Chinese Friendship Pavilion, Formal Gardens, Night Music concerts, Lasdon Park, picnicking, music | Westchester Lasdon Park Arboretum and Veterans Memorial

914-864-7260 
  Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, located on Route 35 in Somers, NY, Westchester County, is a magnificent 234-acre property consisting of woodlands, open grass meadow and formal gardens with flower and shrub specimens from all over the world. Lasdon is also the site of the Chinese Friendship Pavilion and four inspirational memorials and a museum honoring Westchester veterans. Lasdon Park Arboretum and Veterans Memorial | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow New York protecting Preserve's preserve peserves wildlife habitat historical  archeological features carriage roads | Westchester Friends of Rockefeller State Park

914-333-0102 
  Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Inc., located in Sleepy Hollow, New York, was established in 1997 to encourage public participation in protecting the Preserve's wildlife and habitat, sustaining its historical and archeological features, and maintaining its unique system of carriage roads. Friends of Rockefeller State Park | Westchester  website and more . . .

photo of Lyndhurst, historic site, America's finest Gothic Revival mansions, Things To Do at Lyndhurst, Museum Shop, Tour Lyndhurst Mansion, Historic Sites in Sleepy Hollow, Children's Attractions in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, Family Fun Day | Westchester Lyndhurst "Historic Site"

914-631-4481 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Lyndhurst from rear grounds.

Click to enlarge photo of Lyndhurst from rear grounds. Circa 1838. Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust, is a preeminent architectural landmark. It resides on a 67-acre park representing 19th century architecture, decorative arts, and landscape. Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY, Lyndhurst is one of America's finest Gothic Revival mansions. Lyndhurst  "Historic Site" | Westchester  website and more . . .

site author essayist poet biographer columnist "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" "Rip Van Winkle" Hudson River Valley
mid-Victorian period "Irving's Traveling Totes" tours museum, picnic grounds Point of Interest | Westchester Washington Irving's Home at Sunnyside "Historic Site"

914-631-8200 
  Click to enlarge photo of Sunnyside, Washington Irving's Riverside Home in Tarrytown.

Click to enlarge photo of Gravestone of Washington Irving.
Visit Sunnyside in Tarrytown, New York
Washington Irving, considered by many to be the first "International Writer" lived the last 25 years of his life at Sunnyside, his home set along the Hudson River, in Tarrytown, New York. Washington Irving’s meticulously restored home is filled with the author’s possessions including his writing desk and books. Originally a Dutch farmer’s house, this property is now managed by the non-profit Historic Hudson Valley and is open for tours. Washington Irving's Home at Sunnyside  "Historic Site" | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Things To Do, linear park, Westchester County Park, southern Westchester County, ponds, wooden footbridges, bicycling, walking, running, nature study, Fishing, Hiking Trails Walking, Ice skating, Winter Activities | Westchester Bronx River Parkway Reservation

914-328-1542 
  The Bronx River Parkway Reservation, one of Westchester’s oldest parks, is an 807-acre paved linear park that was created as an adjunct to the Bronx River Parkway that opened in 1925. The Reservation touts a number of “firsts”. It is the first linear park in Westchester, as well as one of the first in the country, and, the Bronx River Parkway was the first parkway in the nation. The Reservation also has the distinction of being the first official Westchester County Park, whose establishment led to the creation of today’s County Park System of more than 50 parks spanning nearly 18,000-acres. The picturesque Reservation, which runs through the heart of southern Westchester County, features ponds, wooden footbridges, and hundreds of varieties of native trees and shrubs. It is a favorite place for bicycling, walking, running and nature study. Bronx River Parkway Reservation | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10605, Park, White Plains, NY, Things to Do in Bryant-Mamaroneck Park, Historic Site, Nature Trails, Hiking and Walking Trail | Westchester Bryant-Mamaroneck Park

914-422-1336 
  Bryant-Mamaroneck park is located on the corner of Bryant and Mamaroneck Avenues, White Plains, NY 10605 in Westchester County.

Bryant-Mamaroneck park offers an 8.93 acre circular trail for walking, hiking, and nature exploration. You may enter and exit the park from Mamaroneck Avenue. Meter parking is available at the City owned Shapham Place lot across Mamaroneck Avenue. Bryant-Mamaroneck Park | Westchester  more . . .

Nature Center, nature preserve, trails, Things To Do, Birding, Children's, Hiking, Nature Hikes, Nature Interpretive Programs, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing, Kensico Reservoir, drinking water for New York City | Westchester Cranberry Lake Preserve Nature Center

914-428-1005 
  The Cranberry Lake Nature Center is a 190-acre nature preserve comprised of forest, wetlands, and a 10-acre lake that was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. There are three miles of trails, including a loop around the lake, and others that traverse the predominantly northern oak-hickory forest. The area is part of the Kensico Reservoir watershed, which provides drinking water for residents of Westchester County and New York City. The name Cranberry Lake is derived from the growth of wild cranberry, which still exist in various parts of the fen. Cranberry Lake Preserve Nature Center | Westchester  website and more . . .

10601, Garden of Remembrance, White Plains, NY, Holocaust, sculptor Rita Rapaport, Things To Do at the Garden of Rememberance, Field trips for school groups, community events, 
Setting for reflection, remembrance, study | Westchester Garden of Remembrance

914-696-0738 
  The Garden of Remembrance, is located in front of the Michaelian Office Building at 148 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY 10601 in Westchester County.

"The Garden of Remembrance was created by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, formerly known as both the Westchester Holocaust Education Center and the Westchester Holocaust Commission, to honor the memories of the millions of men, women and children destroyed in the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the brave people of all faiths who risked their lives to save others.

"Within the Garden stand the “Gates of Remembrance” created by sculptor Rita Rapaport to memorialize the suffering and death of millions during the Nazi era from 1933 to 1945. As you stand before the Gates, we are called to Remember what we must NEVER forget. Garden of Remembrance | Westchester  website and more . . .

Linear Park, The Greenway, Rail-Trail on Gedney Way, fall foliage, first time and experienced hiker, Things To Do at The Greenway, Hiking / Walking, Nature Trail, The word is, starting point for The Greenway, the trail | Westchester Greenway, The "Linear Park"

914-422-1336 
  The City of White Plains Linear Park better known as The Greenway offers residents the opportunity to stroll the center of White Plains south side through a wooded environment. Enter this former Rail-Trail on Gedney Way and continue south of Ridgeway until you reach the Scarsdale boarder. Greenway, The  "Linear Park" | Westchester  website and more . . .

10605, Nature Trail, Ridgeway School, White Plains, NY, educational purposes, walking trail to the Scarsdale border, Things To Do on Ridgeway Nature Trail, Walking trail, Educational nature trail | Westchester Ridgeway Nature Trail

914-422-1336 
  The Ridgeway Nature Trail, a 0.6 mile long trail, abuts Ridgeway School, located at 225 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY 10605 in Westchester County.

The park is utilized for educational purposes. It also serves as a community resource by providing a 0.5 walking trail to the Scarsdale border. There are several wooden bridges over wet areas. Ridgeway Nature Trail | Westchester  website and more . . .

Silver Lake, Preserve, White Plains, NY, trails through woodlands, park, prehistoric and archeological resources, Things To Do at Silver Lake Preserve, Hiking Trails / Walking, Nature Study,  Dogs are not allowed | Westchester Silver Lake Preserve

914-231-4500 
  Silver Lake Preserve is located in White Plains, NY in Westchester County. Silver Lake features trails through woodlands and unmowed fields, some small streams and old stone foundations throughout its 236 acres. The topography is rugged, rising in steep rock outcrops from the lake. Fishing is not permitted. Silver Lake Preserve | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Nature Center,  Things To Do, Birding, Cross-country Skiing, Gardening, Hiking / Walking, Nature Study Programs, overlooking the Hudson River, spectacular views, bird watchers, hawk migrations, butterfly garden, butterfly and hummingbird garden | Westchester Lenoir Preserve Nature Center

914-968-5851 
  Lenoir Preserve Nature Center is a 40-acre nature preserve comprised of woodlands and field habitats. It is situated adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct on slopes overlooking the Hudson River, providing spectacular views. The property was formerly home to two Hudson River estates and boasts a number of unusual specimen trees and shrubs, imported from around the world. Lenoir Preserve Nature Center | Westchester  website and more . . .

cyclists trails trailsite trailway beginner intermediate advanced cyclists level topography northbound southbound lanes | Westchester Sprain Ridge Mountain Bike Trail

914-864-7000 
  The Sprain Ridge Mountain Bike Trail in Yonkers offers cyclists a day of fresh air and exercise in a wooded and natural environment. Sprain Ridge Park is a large land preserve with a variety of landscapes, ranging from heavily wooded areas to large and impressive rock outcroppings. The park was previously owned by the Boyce Thompson Institute, a botanical research center, and a result, contains many unusual and exotic woodland plants. Sprain Ridge Mountain Bike Trail | Westchester  website and more . . .

Park, Pool in Yonkers, cyclists, mountain bike trails, picnic areas, swimming pool area, Things To Do, Birthday Parties at Sprain Ridge Pool, Hiking Paths, Mountain Biking, Nature Study, Picnicking, Playground, Swimming | Westchester Sprain Ridge Park & Pool

914-231-3450 
  Sprain Ridge Park and Pool in Yonkers offers cyclists a day of fresh air and exercise in a wooded and natural environment. Sprain Ridge Park is a large land preserve with a variety of landscapes, ranging from heavily wooded areas to large and impressive rock outcroppings. The park was previously owned by the Boyce Thompson Institute, a botanical research center, and a result, contains many unusual and exotic woodland plants. Sprain Ridge Park & Pool | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Environmental education, outdoor activities, children, families, ELLA, Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp, Things To Do at Teatown, Children's Events, Diverse Habitats, Hiking, 15 miles of hiking trails, Nature Center, Outdoor Animal Exhibits | Westchester Teatown Lake Reservation - Yorktown

914-762-2912 
  Teatown Lake Reservation is located in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. Teatown's postal address is: 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY, 10562.

Teatown programming includes: Environmental education, stewardship of Teatown’s preserve and regional conservation activities throughout the Hudson Valley. Our education efforts include a wide range of classes, lectures and outdoor activities, on and offsite, for children, families and adults - all focused on nature and the role of biodiversity in sustainable living. Teatown leads the “Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance” (ELLA) – a learning network of 120+ civic leaders from 28 towns and villages. Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp is sought after and highly regarded. Teatown's Hudson River EagleFest is a signature annual, regional event." Teatown Lake Reservation - Yorktown | Westchester  website and more . . .

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Comprehensive List and Directory of Gardens, Nature Centers and Nature Trails in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley.

Benefits of Gardening
Gardening is a great way to connect with the earth, reduce stress, increase creativity and promote relaxation.

    Gardening is Therapeutic
    There is even an emerging medical art known as horticultural therapy. People with all types of health conditions, schoolchildren, even prison inmates, are encouraged to learn about new plants and envision creative ways to arrange them in the ground as a way to provide a sense of accomplishment and improve self-image.

    Gardening Feels Good
    Aside from delighting your senses with color, texture and scents, gardening enables you to connect with nature. Digging your hands through the soil and handling delicate plants can feed the soul.

    Gardening is Exercise
    Gardening is a low-impact activity that improves flexibility through bending and stretching, and has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, don't let it replace your walking regime or other regular aerobic exercise. Do both, for maximum benefits.

Wildlife Challenge
The Humane Society of the United States has initiated a Backyard Wildlife Awareness Campaign that will encourage people to make a few simple commitments that can greatly benefit the earth and the earth’s wildlife. The Humane Society gave us several resolutions to consider incorporating into our daily lives - like not cutting down dead trees in spring, because small animals and birds have begun nesting in them. All are easy, common sense ways to be a little gentler with nature.

Whether you are a gardener yourself, or hire professional landscapers and gardeners - you can help ensure the well being of our environment for ourselves and future generations. We all need to make an effort to keep pesticides and harmful toxins out of our gardens and away from our property. Not using harmful pesticides will protect our family and pets, as well as protect the natural wildlife and flaura. If you hire gardeners and landscapers - be sure the Gardener or Landscaper uses "environment" friendly and safe methods while working on your property.

    Let your Lawn grow into a Meadow
    Letting your lawn grow into a meadow not only cuts down on pollution and the use of fossil fuels, but it also greatly increases habitat for birds and butterflies and other interesting critters. Even if you only designate a portion of your property to a meadow - this could be one of the most important commitments you will ever make to planet earth.

    Do not compete for the most manicured lawn. Enjoy a beautiful and natural meadow.
    "Perfect" lawns are typically sprayed with dangerous pesticides and harm the environment. Pesticides will seep into nearby streams, lakes, ponds, rivers, etc. Your well water will be contaminated which affects the water we drink and our family's health. You and your family and your pets are harmed by any dangerous pesticides used on your lawns.

    Press for important information on Pesticide Poisoning Symptoms and First Aid

    Streams and Ponds
    Every stream is connected to something else - another stream, a pond, a lake. Trash finds its way from one to the other, and an array of wildlife along the way can be injured or sickened by it. Visit your local stream or pond and pick up trash that you find. The results will be felt far downstream.

    Leave them wild
    Make a commitment never to buy a “novelty” wild animal as a pet. It is very difficult to satisfy their needs in captivity, and that often means an unhappy outcome for all concerned. As cute as a baby turtle may be, it is far better off in the wild. Take your kids for a walk to the local pond where they can see these and other wildlife where they should be – in the wild.

    Go native
    Use plants that are native to your area. Not only will they thrive better, resist disease and often injury or attack from plant eating insects and mammals, but they will also require less maintenance, freeing you up to do nothing but enjoy them.

    Save trees
    In the Spring, try not to cut down hollow trees because squirrels, raccoons, woodpeckers, flying squirrels, and others are nesting in them. “Dead” trees are anything but; they are thriving habitats for insects and animals who can benefit people and other wildlife. Keep them standing if possible.

    Scrap the trap
    If you capture and relocate a “nuisance” wild animal in the Spring, it is likely to be a mom, which means helpless young will be left behind to starve. Instead use eviction strategies to solve wildlife conflicts.

    Cut them up
    Disarm (cut) plastic 6 pack holders before disposal so that wild animals cannot get tangled up, injured or die in them.

    Rinse out food jars
    Thoroughly rinse and safely discard food jars. Hungry raccoons and skunks can get their heads stuck in peanut butter, jelly, yogurt or other containers. If you clean the containers before disposing of them, you will literally be saving lives.

    Check for nests
    Walk your yard and look carefully for rabbit nests before mowing in the spring. The nests can be hard to see, the mother rabbit digs a shallow hole in the grass and puts her babies in it where they stay for 3 weeks until weaned and self-sufficient.

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Gardening and Flowering Garden Ideas
Some ideas for gardens - using different plants, flowers, and combinations of plants and flowers.

    Gardens with long lasting color
    Try red and yellow blooms of flowers that thrive in this area.Mix these flowers with blue salvia, with a low border of sweet white alyssum. Your color scheme has the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow.

    Plant Combinations
    What makes this plant combination work, is that both the celosia and the salvia have long tall flowers. They compliment each other and then are offset by the low border of alyssum. Try grouping similar flower types and get a little bold mixing the colors up.

    Summer Gardens
    Another good summer mix is a combination of summer madness petunias, with dusty miller, and a heavy border of white sweet alyssum. What makes this color combination great, is that it is using a different base color of gray. The summer madness petunia has a touch of gray in it that works really well with the gray in the dusty miller. It is eye catching because it is not your usual mix of summer annuals like marigolds. It has a sophisticated feel, but can be used anywhere, and the white border gives it a finished look. I tend to put the taller dusty miller towards the back, fill in with the petunias, and finish with the white alyssum. You can try this, or do something with a different base color. What makes this plant combination work is the drastically different textures. There is enough difference between the petunias and dusty miller to complement each other, without becoming too much.

    Fall and Autumn Gardens
    A good fall mixture is to use a combination of Iceland poppies with purple and pink stock, and either a border of lobelia, or alyssum, or one color of pansies. What makes this color combination work is that it is very soft, and pastel-like. When it is fall, and the days are getting shorter, all this bright color can look beautiful in your garden.They are mostly warm colors, so they contrast with the cool temperatures at that time of year. All these plants are very tall, and have long thin stems. Again, try things with similar growing habits, and then contrast it with something low. What also looks good with the poppies and stock can even be a border of low mounding grasses that come in gray and green.

    Teddy Bear Sunflowers
    One last idea for you to try, is an entire planting of Teddy Bear Sunflowers. The Teddy Bear variety are a dwarf, so they only get a foot or two tall. This is very eye-catching, and since these, and similar dwarf varieties, can be started from seed, they are very cost effective.

    You can also plant your garden in containers. Try using a few large containers instead of lots and lots of little pots. Numerous pots tend to look cluttered and haphazard, while a few large containers placed here and there look well planned, and do more to show a variety of color.

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