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    Audubon Guilford Salt Meadow
    Sanctuary 330 Mulberry Point Rd., Guilford, CT 06437. Phone: 203-458-2582.

    Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret
    189 Pomfret St., (Route 169), Pomfret Center, CT 06259. Phone: 860-928-4948.

    Located in Connecticut’s ‘quiet corner,’ Connecticut Audubon Society’s Grassland Bird Conservation Center at Pomfret is surrounded by rural beauty and adjoins the Society’s 700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary, with its vast rolling meadows and grasslands habitats.  The Center is a community-based facility that will actively manage habitat for grassland and offer environmental education programs, bird walks and nature events, Citizen Science training and projects, and many opportunities to learn about and explore the natural world. In addition to the Bafflin Sanctuary, the Center at Pomfret offers a new classroom, where people of all ages can experience hands-on environmental education programs; after-school and weekend environmental programs; day and evening hikes and bird walks; seasonal lectures and workshops; changing natural history exhibits; and workshops for teachers.

    Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center
    23 Potter Rd., North Windham, CT 06256. Phone: 860-455-9534.

    The Goodwin Conservation Center is an environmental education facility owned and operated by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Currently there is a public/private partnership with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.  Together we offer programs for the public, schools, and educators, and those who use and impact Connecticut’s forests, including landowners, foresters, loggers and municipal land use commissioners. The Goodwin Conservation Center is located in the James L. Goodwin State Forest., a beautiful 2,000-acre property with 3 ponds and 14 miles of well maintained trails for hiking, cross country skiing and horseback riding. Educational signs along portions of the Air Line Trail and the Blue/Yellow loop trail provide information on the history, ecology and management of the forest. In addition, visitors can either download here or pick up a hard copy of the Forest Discovery Trail guide. Eleven descriptive text passages in the guide correspond to numbered posts along this ¾-mile loop trail. The spacious grounds include the 1.5-acre Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens, where visitors can see and learn about dozens of native trees, shrubs and perennials that offer food and cover value for wildlife. There is also a small nature museum, the 130-acre Pine Acres Pond and a youth group campsite.

    Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
    55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355. Phone: 860-572-5955.

    New Britain Youth Museum, Inc.
    30 High Street, New Britain, CT 06051. Phone: 860.225.3020

    Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
    109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT 06355. Phone: 860-536-1216.

    Located in Mystic, CT, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is a combination wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlighting the habitats of southeastern Connecticut. Our mission is to inspire and nurture appreciation and scientific understanding of the natural world and foster a personal environmental ethic. We offer a variety of interesting and informative environmental education programs and hikes for all ages, year-round. Our attractions include exhibits in our Natural History Museum, a Nature Center Store featuring gifts and books for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and our Nature Preschool. We maintain an interconnected system of hiking trails on land owned by the Denison Homestead and Avalonia Land Conservancy. We are open 7 days a week, year round. The DPNC is located on the Denison Homestead. The Denison Homestead is also home to the Denison.

    Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust
    Flanders Rd./5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

    The Eliott Pratt Education Center
    163 Papermill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-355-3137.

    Barnes Nature Center
    175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-589-6082.

    The newly expanded Barnes Nature Center located in a picturesque setting on Shrub Road in Bristol offers guided exhibit tours. Visitors will be guided on an hour long hands-on tour which includes our live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, mounted mammals and other hands-on explorations. There are also loop hiking trails and a trailhead of the Tunxis “Blue” Trail. Open Hours: Saturdays 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Admission fee is charged for nature center, trails are open dawn to dusk year round and are free of charge.

    Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury
    1361 Main St.,Glastonbury, CT 06033. Phone: 860-633-8402.

    The Center’s 4,000 square-foot facility offers a full range of environmental programs and a full calendar of events throughout the year for people of all ages.  The Center contains a Discovery Room with hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, a diorama of Connecticut River’s Great Meadow, and small live animals.  The grounds surrounding the Center contain the Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, a bird-feeding station, and a picnic area. The Center is adjacent to the 48-acre town-owned Earle Park, with its forest trails and scenic vistas of Tom’s Pond, meadows, and bluffs overlooking the Holland Brook river.  The park is home to a maturing forest of beech, tulip, and red oak trees and contains the state champion bitternut hickory tree.  It contains trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

    Lutz Children’s Museum and Nature Center
    247 South Main St., Manchester, CT 06040. Phone: 860-643-0949.

    Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten.

    Northwest Park and Nature Center
    145 Lang Rd., Windsor, CT 06095. Phone: 860-285-1886.

    Welcome to Northwest Park! Located in historic Windsor, Connecticut, USA, the park is a 473-acre multi-recreational facility operated by the Town of Windsor, Connecticut, offering an interpretive nature center, 12 miles of trails, maple sugaring, a Coffee House Concert Series, gift shop, and more.

    Oak Grove Nature Center
    Oak Grove St., Manchester, CT 06040. Phone: 860-643-0949.

    52 acre nature preserve features a pond, covered bridge, and walking trails. On-site teaching facility operated by the Lutz Children’s Museum.

    Roaring Brook Nature Center
    70 Gracey Rd., Canton, CT 06019. Phone: 860-693-0263.

    Our present facility houses display’s on local flora and fauna as well as changing seasonal exhibits. A replica of an Eastern Woodland Indian longhouse, a Beaver Wetland exhibit, a wildlife attraction area, outdoor flight cages, and a small collection of live animals offer our visitors additional opportunities for learning. A small nature store features a selection of nature-related books and gift items. We maintain five miles of trails on the adjacent State-owned Werner’s Woods property. This refuge is home to a variety of native wildlife species – over 150 bird species have been sighted on the property. Outdoor gardens provide opportunities for visitors to view wildflowers, birds and butterflies in season. Self-guiding trail maps, booklets and wildlife checklists are available in the Nature Center Store. Roaring Brook Nature Center is especially proud to be home to numerous beautiful birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, owls and a turkey vulture. Inside the Center a small collection of live animals and animal mounts offer our visitors additional opportunities for learning. The live animals that reside in the Nature Center include snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders.

    Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
    341 Milford St., Burlington, CT 06013. Phone: 860-675-8130.

    Sessions Woods WMA focuses on conservation education, with facilities to bring school groups, the general public and natural resource professionals from throughout Connecticut and the region to participate in educational programs, demonstrations, and workshops pertaining to wildlife and natural resource management. These facilities include an education center with an exhibit area and a large meeting room, as well as interpretive trails, habitat management demonstration areas, and a backyard wildlife habitat area. Sessions Woods WMA offers conservation education programming that uses the expertise of Wildlife Division and other DEEP natural resource management staff. Staff may also be available, by appointment, to conduct group educational programs at the Center and to give technical assistance and professional advice to visitors on an individual basis.

    The Wethersfield Nature Center
    156 Prospect St., Wethersfield, CT 06109. Phone: 860-529-3075.

    The Wethersfield Nature Center is an environmental education facility devoted to the mission of sharing and exploring our natural world through exciting environmental learning. Our wheelchair accessible Nature Center, open to the public, offers minds-on, hands-on educational exhibits and displays. Visitors are provided a unique opportunity to view our live animals, mammals, birds and reptiles, and the Owl’s Nest gift store! If you enjoy the great outdoors, the 110 acres of Wintergreen Woods Park is well within walking distance of the Center. Follow the Park’s mellow trails through white pine groves, pass Folly Brook Pond and over bridges leading to the beech, oak and hickory forest. Another wonderful walking area, only ten minutes away, is Quarry Park in Rocky Hill, CT. Maps are available at the Nature Center.

    Westmoor Park
    119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford, CT 06117. Phone: 860-232-1134.

    Westmoor Park is an environmental, agricultural, and horticultural education center. Its 162 acres includes three miles of nature trails (one-half mile of which is handicapped accessible), a demonstration farm and a variety of gardens. The park’s main building features seasonal exhibits, a nature discovery room, a greenhouse, and a meeting room for classes and community use. Throughout the year, Westmoor Park offers a wide range of programs for schools, groups and the general public. From animal studies to environmental sciences and garden design, the park’s programs are both fun and educational.

    Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center
    10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-736-1053.

    The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, a town owned and operated park, is located in Ansonia, Connecticut.   While providing active and passive recreational opportunities to area residents, nature oriented education is our focus. Use of this facility is free and open to the general public. Visitors are welcome everyday from sunup to sundown.  The interpretive center and office hours are from 9 to 5 daily with the exception of major holidays. The park is laced with two and one-half miles of nature trails. The land encompasses 104 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields bisected by streams, a two acre pond, wet meadows, and an upland swamp.  A butterfly/hummingbird garden and an award-winning woodland wildflower and fern garden graces the visitor center.  A portion of the park has been dedicated to recreational fields; including soccer, baseball, and softball, as well as several acres reserved for community gardening and a large playscape for younger children. Picnic pavilions are available by reservation.

    Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point
    1 Milford Point Rd.,Milford, CT 06460. Phone: 203-878-7440.

    Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and is situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.  The Coastal Center promotes the awareness of Long Island Sound’s ecosystem, the birds and habitats it supports, and its preservation needs; and provides access to Long Island Sound and its many habitats: tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes.

    The Coastal Center is a bird-watcher’s paradise – 315 species have been seen here, including many rarities. The Coastal Center offers a full range of educational programs and many events for families, children, and adults.  The Coastal Center provides educational exhibits, a tide pool demonstration tank, a salt-marsh laboratory, and program and meeting rooms.

    Kellogg Environmental Center
    CT Department of Environmental Protection 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT 06418. Phone: 203-734-2513.

    As part of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Kellogg Environmental Center offers workshops, exhibits, nature activities, and lectures for the general public. Through hands-on programs, families can enjoy learning about nature and the environment. Throughout the year, the Center offers special weekend programs, nature walks, and family workshops.

    Meig’s Point Nature Center
    Hammonasset State Park 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443. Phone: 203-245-8743.

    The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities for park visitors on a year round basis. The Center hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday, from April through October, and 10am to 4pm Tuesday – Sunday, from November through March. For information on programs, please contact Nature Center staff.

    West Rock Nature Recreation Center
    1020 Wintergreen Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. Phone: 203-946-6559.

    The Center consists of 43 acres of upland woods and fields at the northern base of West Rock Ridge. The property contains in excess of 300 different plant species, many of which can be observed along interpretive trails that have been strategically located.  Wintergreen Brook meanders along the property. The waterfall and gorge are of particular interest. The stream and pooling areas assist students and their teachers involved with aquatic investigations. Enjoy the woodsy setting at The Centers picnic grove, which will accommodate birthday parties and other special occasions for groups of up to 25. There are ten acres of open fields adjacent to the more heavily wooded portions of the land. This interfacing of trees, berry laden brushy plants and open fields provide ideal habitat support for birding. Gardening components include a landscaping for wildlife area, raised beds, and a three sisters garden similar to plantings of the indigenous peoples of Southern New England.

     

    Audubon Center of Greenwich
    613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-5272.

    Audubon Greenwich has been providing environmental programs since 1942 and was the National Audubon Society’s first education center. The Audubon Center of Greenwich on Riversville Road is comprised of 285 acres and 7 miles of walking trails and includes the Kimberlin Nature Education Center classrooms, the Kiernan Hall Nature Art Gallery, and the Nature Store.

    Connecticut Audubon Center at Fairfield
    2325 Burr St., Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-259-6305.

    The Center is adjacent to the 155-acre Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary and provides an indoor setting for the interpretation of its varied land, forest, and freshwater wetland ecosystems. The Center features a butterfly garden, the Farm Pond (great for spotting frogs, turtles, and ducks), a greenhouse featuring a ‘Sensory Garden’ and nature-related exhibits. The Center also features a “Live Birds of Prey” Compound which is open Tuesday thorugh Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our owls, hawks, falcons and vulture up close! Our Nature Store provides nature-related gifts, birding guides, a great selection of bird houses and feeders, and other bird-related supplies.

    Darien Nature Center
    120 Brookside Rd., Darien, CT 06820. Phone: 203-655-7459.

    Welcome to the Darien Nature Center. Sited in a small town park, we are blessed to have a magnificent facility, built by the generous citizens of our community. We have a grand exhibit gallery, small theater, library and multiple program rooms for children. But we like to spend most of our time outdoors, exploring the fields, pond and trails that surround us. Please come visit us soon – we’d love to show you around!

    Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center
    10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT 06881. Phone: 203-227-7253

    The mission of Earthplace is to educate the public about nature and the environment.  Visitors can learn about nature by exploring the hands-on museum exhibits in Natureplace and the Ecology Resource Lab. Get up close to wildlife in the Animal Hall and outdoor Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit area.  See what plants are found in Connecticut in the Native Plant Courtyard.  Take a walk on our 62-acre property on one of the trails, including the wheelchair-accessible Wheels-in-the-Woods IV, a universal design nature trail.  Hunt for the five letterboxes along the trails.  Examine the beautiful Connecticut Wall of Nature, a tile wall of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants that are found in Connecticut.  Visit a garden designed to attract birds and butterflies.  Other facilities include picnic tables, a swing set, a children’s playground available after 3 PM and on weekends, rest rooms, a snack machine and a gift shop.

    New Canaan Nature Center Association
    144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9577.

    The New Canaan Nature Center is located on a 40-acre site which features unusual habitat diversity offering a variety of horticultural experiences for the visitors as well as a live Birds of Prey Exhibit, a variety of gardens, a Greenhouse and a Visitors Center which houses our Discovery Room, Art Exhibits and the Nature Gift Shop. Two miles of trails criss-cross the site featuring unusual habitat diversity, including wet and dry meadows, two ponds, wet and dry woodlands, dense thickets, an old orchard, and a cattail marsh with two Observation Towers.

    Sherwood Island State Park and Nature Center
    Department of Environmental Protection Westport, CT 06436. Phone: 203-226-6983.

    A cooperative effort of the CT Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Sherwood Island, the nature center opened in June for its third summer of welcoming visitors and interpreting the area.  Curious and budding naturalists of all ages will find a wide variety of displays and exhibits to greet them and help them understand the rich diversity of plant and animal life that inhabit the park.

    The Center is located between East Beach and the salt marsh nature trail. DEP staff, assisted by interns and docents, has planned summer nature walks, bird watching, and learning activities for adults and children. The Nature Center hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

    Stamford Museum and Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-1646.

    The Old Quarry Nature and Science Center
    5 Maple Lane, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 860-354-7592.

    80 acres of forever-wild land, nature trails, and group programs serving Danbury, Bethel, Ridgefield, Redding, Brookfield and New Milford.

    Woodcock Nature Center
    56 Deer Run Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06789. Phone: 203-762-7280.

    Located on 149 acres of state-protected land, the Woodcock Nature Preserve includes a pond, wetlands and 3 miles of publicly accessible woodland trails. The Center is home to a variety of living local and exotic creatures including snakes, frogs and lizards. We also house a handful of injured birds or prey.

    The Preserve is a haven for aquatic life and a remarkable variety of birds. Along our trails you’ll find historic stone walls and stands of old maple, beech, oak and hickory trees. An Everglades-style boardwalk allows rare access through part of the rich, abundant wetlands nestled in the woods. In these graceful surroundings, young and old can experience the rich, renewing world of nature. Our woodland trails are open to all, sunrise to sunset, everyday of the year.

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    Fairfield County

    Audubon Center of Greenwich
    613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-5272.

    Audubon Greenwich has been providing environmental programs since 1942 and was the National Audubon Society’s first education center. The Audubon Center of Greenwich on Riversville Road is comprised of 285 acres and 7 miles of walking trails and includes the Kimberlin Nature Education Center classrooms, the Kiernan Hall Nature Art Gallery, and the Nature Store.

    Connecticut Audubon Center at Fairfield
    2325 Burr St., Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-259-6305.

    The Center is adjacent to the 155-acre Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary and provides an indoor setting for the interpretation of its varied land, forest, and freshwater wetland ecosystems. The Center features a butterfly garden, the Farm Pond (great for spotting frogs, turtles, and ducks), a greenhouse featuring a ‘Sensory Garden’ and nature-related exhibits. The Center also features a “Live Birds of Prey” Compound which is open Tuesday thorugh Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our owls, hawks, falcons and vulture up close! Our Nature Store provides nature-related gifts, birding guides, a great selection of bird houses and feeders, and other bird-related supplies.

    Darien Nature Center
    120 Brookside Rd., Darien, CT 06820. Phone: 203-655-7459.

    Welcome to the Darien Nature Center. Sited in a small town park, we are blessed to have a magnificent facility, built by the generous citizens of our community. We have a grand exhibit gallery, small theater, library and multiple program rooms for children. But we like to spend most of our time outdoors, exploring the fields, pond and trails that surround us. Please come visit us soon – we’d love to show you around!

    Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center
    10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT 06881. Phone: 203-227-7253

    The mission of Earthplace is to educate the public about nature and the environment.  Visitors can learn about nature by exploring the hands-on museum exhibits in Natureplace and the Ecology Resource Lab. Get up close to wildlife in the Animal Hall and outdoor Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit area.  See what plants are found in Connecticut in the Native Plant Courtyard.  Take a walk on our 62-acre property on one of the trails, including the wheelchair-accessible Wheels-in-the-Woods IV, a universal design nature trail.  Hunt for the five letterboxes along the trails.  Examine the beautiful Connecticut Wall of Nature, a tile wall of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants that are found in Connecticut.  Visit a garden designed to attract birds and butterflies.  Other facilities include picnic tables, a swing set, a children’s playground available after 3 PM and on weekends, rest rooms, a snack machine and a gift shop.

    New Canaan Nature Center Association
    144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9577.

    The New Canaan Nature Center is located on a 40-acre site which features unusual habitat diversity offering a variety of horticultural experiences for the visitors as well as a live Birds of Prey Exhibit, a variety of gardens, a Greenhouse and a Visitors Center which houses our Discovery Room, Art Exhibits and the Nature Gift Shop. Two miles of trails criss-cross the site featuring unusual habitat diversity, including wet and dry meadows, two ponds, wet and dry woodlands, dense thickets, an old orchard, and a cattail marsh with two Observation Towers.

    Sherwood Island State Park and Nature Center
    Department of Environmental Protection Westport, CT 06436. Phone: 203-226-6983.

    A cooperative effort of the CT Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Sherwood Island, the nature center opened in June for its third summer of welcoming visitors and interpreting the area.  Curious and budding naturalists of all ages will find a wide variety of displays and exhibits to greet them and help them understand the rich diversity of plant and animal life that inhabit the park.

    The Center is located between East Beach and the salt marsh nature trail. DEP staff, assisted by interns and docents, has planned summer nature walks, bird watching, and learning activities for adults and children. The Nature Center hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

    Stamford Museum and Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-1646.

    The Old Quarry Nature and Science Center
    5 Maple Lane, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 860-354-7592.

    80 acres of forever-wild land, nature trails, and group programs serving Danbury, Bethel, Ridgefield, Redding, Brookfield and New Milford.

    Woodcock Nature Center
    56 Deer Run Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06789. Phone: 203-762-7280.

    Located on 149 acres of state-protected land, the Woodcock Nature Preserve includes a pond, wetlands and 3 miles of publicly accessible woodland trails. The Center is home to a variety of living local and exotic creatures including snakes, frogs and lizards. We also house a handful of injured birds or prey.

    The Preserve is a haven for aquatic life and a remarkable variety of birds. Along our trails you’ll find historic stone walls and stands of old maple, beech, oak and hickory trees. An Everglades-style boardwalk allows rare access through part of the rich, abundant wetlands nestled in the woods. In these graceful surroundings, young and old can experience the rich, renewing world of nature. Our woodland trails are open to all, sunrise to sunset, everyday of the year.

    Hartford County

    Barnes Nature Center
    175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-589-6082.

    The newly expanded Barnes Nature Center located in a picturesque setting on Shrub Road in Bristol offers guided exhibit tours. Visitors will be guided on an hour long hands-on tour which includes our live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, mounted mammals and other hands-on explorations. There are also loop hiking trails and a trailhead of the Tunxis “Blue” Trail. Open Hours: Saturdays 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Admission fee is charged for nature center, trails are open dawn to dusk year round and are free of charge.

    Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury
    1361 Main St.,Glastonbury, CT 06033. Phone: 860-633-8402.

    The Center’s 4,000 square-foot facility offers a full range of environmental programs and a full calendar of events throughout the year for people of all ages.  The Center contains a Discovery Room with hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, a diorama of Connecticut River’s Great Meadow, and small live animals.  The grounds surrounding the Center contain the Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, a bird-feeding station, and a picnic area. The Center is adjacent to the 48-acre town-owned Earle Park, with its forest trails and scenic vistas of Tom’s Pond, meadows, and bluffs overlooking the Holland Brook river.  The park is home to a maturing forest of beech, tulip, and red oak trees and contains the state champion bitternut hickory tree.  It contains trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

    Lutz Children’s Museum and Nature Center
    247 South Main St., Manchester, CT 06040. Phone: 860-643-0949.

    Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten.

    Northwest Park and Nature Center
    145 Lang Rd., Windsor, CT 06095. Phone: 860-285-1886.

    Welcome to Northwest Park! Located in historic Windsor, Connecticut, USA, the park is a 473-acre multi-recreational facility operated by the Town of Windsor, Connecticut, offering an interpretive nature center, 12 miles of trails, maple sugaring, a Coffee House Concert Series, gift shop, and more.

    Oak Grove Nature Center
    Oak Grove St., Manchester, CT 06040. Phone: 860-643-0949.

    52 acre nature preserve features a pond, covered bridge, and walking trails. On-site teaching facility operated by the Lutz Children’s Museum.

    Roaring Brook Nature Center
    70 Gracey Rd., Canton, CT 06019. Phone: 860-693-0263.

    Our present facility houses display’s on local flora and fauna as well as changing seasonal exhibits. A replica of an Eastern Woodland Indian longhouse, a Beaver Wetland exhibit, a wildlife attraction area, outdoor flight cages, and a small collection of live animals offer our visitors additional opportunities for learning. A small nature store features a selection of nature-related books and gift items. We maintain five miles of trails on the adjacent State-owned Werner’s Woods property. This refuge is home to a variety of native wildlife species – over 150 bird species have been sighted on the property. Outdoor gardens provide opportunities for visitors to view wildflowers, birds and butterflies in season. Self-guiding trail maps, booklets and wildlife checklists are available in the Nature Center Store. Roaring Brook Nature Center is especially proud to be home to numerous beautiful birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, owls and a turkey vulture. Inside the Center a small collection of live animals and animal mounts offer our visitors additional opportunities for learning. The live animals that reside in the Nature Center include snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders.

    Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
    341 Milford St., Burlington, CT 06013. Phone: 860-675-8130.

    Sessions Woods WMA focuses on conservation education, with facilities to bring school groups, the general public and natural resource professionals from throughout Connecticut and the region to participate in educational programs, demonstrations, and workshops pertaining to wildlife and natural resource management. These facilities include an education center with an exhibit area and a large meeting room, as well as interpretive trails, habitat management demonstration areas, and a backyard wildlife habitat area. Sessions Woods WMA offers conservation education programming that uses the expertise of Wildlife Division and other DEEP natural resource management staff. Staff may also be available, by appointment, to conduct group educational programs at the Center and to give technical assistance and professional advice to visitors on an individual basis.

    The Wethersfield Nature Center
    156 Prospect St., Wethersfield, CT 06109. Phone: 860-529-3075.

    The Wethersfield Nature Center is an environmental education facility devoted to the mission of sharing and exploring our natural world through exciting environmental learning. Our wheelchair accessible Nature Center, open to the public, offers minds-on, hands-on educational exhibits and displays. Visitors are provided a unique opportunity to view our live animals, mammals, birds and reptiles, and the Owl’s Nest gift store! If you enjoy the great outdoors, the 110 acres of Wintergreen Woods Park is well within walking distance of the Center. Follow the Park’s mellow trails through white pine groves, pass Folly Brook Pond and over bridges leading to the beech, oak and hickory forest. Another wonderful walking area, only ten minutes away, is Quarry Park in Rocky Hill, CT. Maps are available at the Nature Center.

    Westmoor Park
    119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford, CT 06117. Phone: 860-232-1134.

    Westmoor Park is an environmental, agricultural, and horticultural education center. Its 162 acres includes three miles of nature trails (one-half mile of which is handicapped accessible), a demonstration farm and a variety of gardens. The park’s main building features seasonal exhibits, a nature discovery room, a greenhouse, and a meeting room for classes and community use. Throughout the year, Westmoor Park offers a wide range of programs for schools, groups and the general public. From animal studies to environmental sciences and garden design, the park’s programs are both fun and educational.

    Litchfield County

    Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust
    Flanders Rd./5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

    The Eliott Pratt Education Center
    163 Papermill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-355-3137.

    New Haven County

    Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center
    10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-736-1053.

    The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, a town owned and operated park, is located in Ansonia, Connecticut.   While providing active and passive recreational opportunities to area residents, nature oriented education is our focus. Use of this facility is free and open to the general public. Visitors are welcome everyday from sunup to sundown.  The interpretive center and office hours are from 9 to 5 daily with the exception of major holidays. The park is laced with two and one-half miles of nature trails. The land encompasses 104 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields bisected by streams, a two acre pond, wet meadows, and an upland swamp.  A butterfly/hummingbird garden and an award-winning woodland wildflower and fern garden graces the visitor center.  A portion of the park has been dedicated to recreational fields; including soccer, baseball, and softball, as well as several acres reserved for community gardening and a large playscape for younger children. Picnic pavilions are available by reservation.

    Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point
    1 Milford Point Rd.,Milford, CT 06460. Phone: 203-878-7440.

    Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and is situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.  The Coastal Center promotes the awareness of Long Island Sound’s ecosystem, the birds and habitats it supports, and its preservation needs; and provides access to Long Island Sound and its many habitats: tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes.

    The Coastal Center is a bird-watcher’s paradise – 315 species have been seen here, including many rarities. The Coastal Center offers a full range of educational programs and many events for families, children, and adults.  The Coastal Center provides educational exhibits, a tide pool demonstration tank, a salt-marsh laboratory, and program and meeting rooms.

    Kellogg Environmental Center
    CT Department of Environmental Protection 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT 06418. Phone: 203-734-2513.

    As part of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Kellogg Environmental Center offers workshops, exhibits, nature activities, and lectures for the general public. Through hands-on programs, families can enjoy learning about nature and the environment. Throughout the year, the Center offers special weekend programs, nature walks, and family workshops.

    Meig’s Point Nature Center
    Hammonasset State Park 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443. Phone: 203-245-8743.

    The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities for park visitors on a year round basis. The Center hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday, from April through October, and 10am to 4pm Tuesday – Sunday, from November through March. For information on programs, please contact Nature Center staff.

    West Rock Nature Recreation Center
    1020 Wintergreen Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. Phone: 203-946-6559.

    The Center consists of 43 acres of upland woods and fields at the northern base of West Rock Ridge. The property contains in excess of 300 different plant species, many of which can be observed along interpretive trails that have been strategically located.  Wintergreen Brook meanders along the property. The waterfall and gorge are of particular interest. The stream and pooling areas assist students and their teachers involved with aquatic investigations. Enjoy the woodsy setting at The Centers picnic grove, which will accommodate birthday parties and other special occasions for groups of up to 25. There are ten acres of open fields adjacent to the more heavily wooded portions of the land. This interfacing of trees, berry laden brushy plants and open fields provide ideal habitat support for birding. Gardening components include a landscaping for wildlife area, raised beds, and a three sisters garden similar to plantings of the indigenous peoples of Southern New England.

     

    New London County

    Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
    109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT 06355. Phone: 860-536-1216.

    Located in Mystic, CT, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is a combination wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlighting the habitats of southeastern Connecticut. Our mission is to inspire and nurture appreciation and scientific understanding of the natural world and foster a personal environmental ethic. We offer a variety of interesting and informative environmental education programs and hikes for all ages, year-round. Our attractions include exhibits in our Natural History Museum, a Nature Center Store featuring gifts and books for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and our Nature Preschool. We maintain an interconnected system of hiking trails on land owned by the Denison Homestead and Avalonia Land Conservancy. We are open 7 days a week, year round. The DPNC is located on the Denison Homestead. The Denison Homestead is also home to the Denison.

    Windham County

    Audubon Guilford Salt Meadow
    Sanctuary 330 Mulberry Point Rd., Guilford, CT 06437. Phone: 203-458-2582.

    Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret
    189 Pomfret St., (Route 169), Pomfret Center, CT 06259. Phone: 860-928-4948.

    Located in Connecticut’s ‘quiet corner,’ Connecticut Audubon Society’s Grassland Bird Conservation Center at Pomfret is surrounded by rural beauty and adjoins the Society’s 700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary, with its vast rolling meadows and grasslands habitats.  The Center is a community-based facility that will actively manage habitat for grassland and offer environmental education programs, bird walks and nature events, Citizen Science training and projects, and many opportunities to learn about and explore the natural world. In addition to the Bafflin Sanctuary, the Center at Pomfret offers a new classroom, where people of all ages can experience hands-on environmental education programs; after-school and weekend environmental programs; day and evening hikes and bird walks; seasonal lectures and workshops; changing natural history exhibits; and workshops for teachers.

    Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center
    23 Potter Rd., North Windham, CT 06256. Phone: 860-455-9534.

    The Goodwin Conservation Center is an environmental education facility owned and operated by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Currently there is a public/private partnership with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.  Together we offer programs for the public, schools, and educators, and those who use and impact Connecticut’s forests, including landowners, foresters, loggers and municipal land use commissioners. The Goodwin Conservation Center is located in the James L. Goodwin State Forest., a beautiful 2,000-acre property with 3 ponds and 14 miles of well maintained trails for hiking, cross country skiing and horseback riding. Educational signs along portions of the Air Line Trail and the Blue/Yellow loop trail provide information on the history, ecology and management of the forest. In addition, visitors can either download here or pick up a hard copy of the Forest Discovery Trail guide. Eleven descriptive text passages in the guide correspond to numbered posts along this ¾-mile loop trail. The spacious grounds include the 1.5-acre Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens, where visitors can see and learn about dozens of native trees, shrubs and perennials that offer food and cover value for wildlife. There is also a small nature museum, the 130-acre Pine Acres Pond and a youth group campsite.

    Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
    55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355. Phone: 860-572-5955.

    New Britain Youth Museum, Inc.
    30 High Street, New Britain, CT 06051. Phone: 860.225.3020

    NJ

    Closter Nature Center
    145 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ. Phone: (201) 750-2778

    The Closter Nature Center is a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey, with 136 acres of ponds, brooks, meadows and forests to explore.

    The center is open to all local residents, providing informative monthly lectures and nature walks for the general public, as well as school or scout groups. Come explore the nature center’s educational and environmental programs today!

    New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May
    1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204. Phone: (609) 898-8848.

    Located on the Cape May Harbor, come visit us today! In addition to our many programs, the Trucksess Welcome Center features a gallery with exhibits from local artists, a nature store, a second story viewing deck and a third story viewing tower.  We even have loaner binoculars that you can use while on the deck!

    The Wetlands Institute
    1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247. Phone: (609) 368-1211.

    Warren E. Fox Nature Center
    Estell Manor Park, 109 Boulevard Rt 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Phone: 609-625-1897.

    Stop into the Nature Center – it is full of information in the form of displays, brochures, and our dedicated staff. We have a display of trees and their leaves, for those of you that are stuck on that school project. There are stuffed animals, so you can see what a certain animal really looks like. We have artifacts from Native Americans, the Glassworks and the Bethlehem Loading Company. If you don’t see it in our Nature Center, just ask. Our Naturalists have an extensive knowledge of the natural world. Besides, if they don’t know, they have a large library in which to search.

    Trailside Nature & Science Center
    452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, NJ 07092. Phone: 908-789-3670.

    Trailside Nature & Science Center is Union County’s Environmental Education Center, located in the Watchung Reservation, a 2,065-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking trails. Renovated in September 2006, the Center houses 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the art exhibits, including a towering 34-foot American beech tree exhibit that fills the building’s atrium. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m., 7 Days a Week, Free Admission

    Scotland Run Park Nature Center
    980 East Academy Street Clayton, NJ 08312. Phone: (856) 881-0845.

    Self-guided signs that identify interesting features along the trail are being installed on Helen S. Brown Nature Trail, located behind the Nature Center. A new playground, located in the picnic area near the beach, is nearly complete. So come on down and check out the new stuff.

    New Jersey Audubon Weis Ecology Center
    150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456. Phone: (973) 835-2160.

    Bird Feeding Station where the feeders viewed from our observation deck attract a wide variety of birds including our resident hummingbirds during the summer; Butterfly Garden/Model Backyard Habitat May ~ September to watch the birds, butterflies, and caterpillars which frequent our garden or pick up ideas to improve your own yard;  Nature Store your nearby natural resource offering children’s gift items, field guides & books, bird feeders & accessories; stop in our Visitor Center to see our live snakes, turtle, and other seasonal/photography displays; and pick up a trail map which will open the door to the 24+ miles of trails that depart from the Weis’s private grounds to explore Norvin Green State Forest and the surrounding Highlands.

    New Jersey Audubon Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
    11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, NJ Phone: (908) 766-5787

    The Hoffman estate house, added on to and renovated in 2004-5, is now New Jersey Audubon’s magnificent Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education. The Center, located in the foothills of the Highlands, boasts an environmental learning center, tree-top level observation deck, bookstore, and exhibits. Well-maintained and marked trails traverse the Sanctuary, ranging in length from 0.3 miles to 1.3 miles and passing through upland deciduous forest, fields, woodland, and the floodplain along the headwaters of the Passaic River. Scherman-Hoffman is conveniently located within minutes of the Morristown National Historical Park (Jockey Hollow preserves more than 2,500 acres, including the Cross Estate), the 7,000 acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Somerset County Environmental Education Center, the Raptor Trust, Washington Valley Park’s Chimney Rock Hawk Watch, and Montclair Hawk Watch.

    New Jersey Audubon Rancocas Nature Center
    794 Rancocas Rd.,Mount Holly, NJ 08060. Phone (609) 261-2495.

    Visitor’s Center (museum, store, class), grounds (gardens, ponds, picnics),  and trails.

    Paws Farm Nature Center
    1105 Hainesport Mount Laurel Rd., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Phone: 856-778-8795

    Our goal is to promote a special relationship between people, their local history and environment with an emphasis on reaching out to children. Learning is designed to be fun at Paws Farm. We offer classes and story hours, animal programs and birthday parties, as well as special events throughout the year. All visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive exhibits and the more than 80 birds and animals housed here. Admission fee.

    Huber Woods Environmental Center
    25 Brown's Dock Rd., Locust, NJ 07760. Phone: (732) 872-2670 or 0336.

    View the many colorful native birds outside or play in the puppet theater.  Live turtles and snakes await your visit to the Reptile House.  Huber Woods Park also features an all-access Discovery Path, wooded trails and a beautiful picnic area with a view of the meadows and Navesink River. Explore Huber Woods with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Pick a backpack for Pre-K, Forest, Meadow or Pond. Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The Environmental Center and the Reptile House are open weekdays from 10am to 4pm, and on weekends from 10am to 5pm.

    Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
    331 Georgia Tavern Rd., Howell, NJ 07731. Phone: (732) 751-9453.

    The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world. Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment. The Environmental Center is open daily from 10am-4:30pm and until 8:30pm on Fridays only from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Center is closed on December 25.

    Poricy Park Nature Center
    345 Oak Hill Rd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Phone: (732) 842-5966.

    Since 1970, Poricy Park Conservancy has been preserving 250 acres of open space, wildlife and their habitats, prehistoric fossil beds, and the Historic Murray Farmhouse. Poricy Park is an exceptional ecological resource whose 250 acres make it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. Poricy Park is a regional resource, serving residents throughout New Jersey and the Tri-state area. The park is a center for environmental and cultural education, enhancing the community’s enjoyment and appreciation of nature and local history.

    Greater Newark Conservancy's Urban Environmental And Ecological Center
    32 Prince St.,Newark, NJ 07103. Phone: (973) 642-4646

    Greater Newark Conservancy continues to expand and enhance its Urban Environmental Center in downtown Newark, NJ. What will become the Main Building of the Center is an historic 1884 former synagogue/church on Prince Street, near Springfield Avenue. This 15,800-square-foot building will be transformed into a large lecture hall/community space, environmental classrooms, a demonstration kitchen/laboratory, environmental exhibit galleries and meeting rooms. Next to the former synagogue, the Conservancy has created the Prudential Outdoor Learning Center, featuring outdoor “classroom” thematic gardens and a greenhouse for raising nursery plants and for demonstration purposes. The Center is a natural and open space where urban residents can reenergize their spirit and reduce their stress level, while at the same time inspiring young minds and educating them about the natural world.

    Demarest Nature Center
    90 Park St., Demarest, NJ 07627.

    More of a sanctuary than a nature center as there are no displays, exhibits, etc. 55 acres of trails.

    Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
    443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Phone: 201-567-1265.

    Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is a 150-acre preserve and education center situated on the western slope of the Palisades in Englewood, New Jersey. A network of self-guiding trails leads to a cascading stream, wetlands, ponds, wildflower meadows, quarry cliffs and woodland. The diversity of the natural landscape allows our members to observe a remarkable array of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitats. Flat Rock Brook trails and picnic area are open free to the public every day from dawn to dusk. Visitors are requested to respect the land and its natural residents, to take away only memories, and to leave behind only faint footprints.

    James A. McFaul Environmental Center
    150 Crescent Ave.,Wyckoff, NJ Phone: (201) 891-5571.

    The main building, which overlooks the waterfowl pond, has an auditorium, browsing library and nature exhibits. The 81-acre wildlife sanctuary offers nature programs and workshops. The site includes a waterfowl pond, bird shelters, a boardwalk, nature trail, memorial gazebo and natural science exhibits. The Environmental Center gardens include specialties such as flowering trees, Daffodil Hill, rhododendrons, ornamental grasses, the herb garden, a secret scented garden and various memorial plantings. A naturalized field area and woodland contain many plant species that provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species, including insects, birds and mammals.

    Meadowlands Environment Center
    2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. Phone: 201-460-8300.

    New Jersey Audubon Lorrimer Sanctuary
    790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. Phone: (201) 891-2185.

    The visitors’ center has an exhibit and lecture room, winter bird feeding station, interpretive displays, hands-on exhibits, and a gift shop, the proceeds of which benefit the Sanctuary. There is a self-guiding trail system that winds through the 14 acres of land. Much of the acreage is second-growth woods (mostly oak, maple, ash, and beech); and small stands of planted evergreens. The trails are open during Sanctuary hours. All plants and animals are protected — they may not be harmed, harassed or removed.

    While you are here please visit the Center, walk the trails, and browse through the gift/book shop.

    Hours: Wednesday through Friday 9-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays

    Tenafly Nature Center
    313 Hudson Ave.,Tenafly, NJ 07670. Phone: (201) 568-6093.

    Inside the interpretive building you can browse natural history exhibits, see live animals, and find information in the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Library. Our professional educators are available for questions from the community and offer a wide assortment of activities for families, adults, and children of all ages including natural history field trips. When trails are open we welcome visitors to hike, bird-watch, observe wildlife, cross-country ski, snow-shoe and ice skate on Pfister’s Pond. Tenafly Nature Center is a sanctuary for human visitors – an island of green where bonds with nature can be renewed. Whether you have an hour or a day, our woods offer a peaceful respite from the rush of daily life.

    Cooper Environmental Center
    Cattus Island County Park 1170 Cattus Island Blvd., Toms River, NJ 08753. Phone: 732-270-6960.

    The unspoiled beauty of nature is the main attraction at Cattus Island County Park. This environmentally sensitive park spans just over 500 acres and boasts several miles of trails, many offering lovely vistas of the adjacent Barnegat Bay. Cattus Island is home to the Cooper Environmental Center, where visitors of all ages will enjoy hands-on displays along with collections of live reptiles and fish. Every weekend, the Cooper Center staff run progams throughout the day. The park also contains a beautiful Butterfly Garden. Nature discovery backpacks, adult size bicycles and GPS units are available to borrow – inquire at the reception desk.

    Forest Resource Education Center
    370 East Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527. Phone: (732) 928-2360.

    The Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) provides free environmental education programs to groups of all ages. The FREC teaches forest stewardship at the Fall Forestry Festival and other special events to families, girl scouts, and boy scouts. FREC includes an Interpretive Center for environmental education and the New Jersey State Forest Nursery which grows seedlings for reforestation.

    Wells Mills Nature Center
    905 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown, NJ 08758. Phone: (609) 971-3085.

    Wells Mills, Ocean County’s largest park, features almost 900 acres of precious natural environments. A freshwater lake, streams, swamps, and uplands are set in New Jersey’s beautiful Pine Barrens. Extensive pine-oak forests are interspersed with Atlantic white cedar swamps freshwater bogs, and maple gum swamps. Central to the park is the Wells Mills Nature Center. Several stories high, one of its features includes an observation deck providing a view of the surrounding Pine Barrens. The Exhibit Room features a variety of displays relating to the environment and our wildlife. An eighty-seat lecture room provides indoor space for some educational programs, while outside they are conducted in the forests or over the Park’s 18 miles of marked Nature Trails.

    Buttinger Nature Center
    31 Titus Mill Rd.,Pennington NJ 08534. Phone: (609) 737-7592.

    The Buttinger Nature Center is your starting point for your adventure at the Watershed Reserve. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can explore our two Discovery Rooms and meet our animals – including snakes, turtles, fish and insects. Enjoy our assortment of seasonal displays and hands-on exhibits. Plus check out our Demonstration Bee Hive and Solar Powered Doll House. Visit the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House (in season) to learn about our insect friends and the importance of protecting our natural habitats.

    Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
    355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd.,Titusville, NJ 08560. Phone: (609) 737-0623.

    Outdoor nature education programs are offered for schools, youth groups, community organizations and visitors to the park. Open Wednesday through Sunday, year round. For information, call (609) 737-0609. Check the Calendar of Events for current programs offered by the Interpretive Center at Washington Crossing State Park. Trails leading from the Interpretive Center take visitors through a mature mixed oak-hardwood forest, young woodlands and successional fields. A nature blind offers quiet observation of birds, deer and other mammals. The natural area supports the spring avens, a rare woodland herb of the rose family. Located within the park, on the same road as the Interpretive Center, the John W. H. Simpson observatory is operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, Inc. The observatory is open Friday nights April through October from 7 pm to 11 pm.

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    Nature Centers- New Jersey

     

    Atlantic County

    Warren E. Fox Nature Center
    Estell Manor Park, 109 Boulevard Rt 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Phone: 609-625-1897.

    Stop into the Nature Center – it is full of information in the form of displays, brochures, and our dedicated staff. We have a display of trees and their leaves, for those of you that are stuck on that school project. There are stuffed animals, so you can see what a certain animal really looks like. We have artifacts from Native Americans, the Glassworks and the Bethlehem Loading Company. If you don’t see it in our Nature Center, just ask. Our Naturalists have an extensive knowledge of the natural world. Besides, if they don’t know, they have a large library in which to search.

    Bergen County

    Demarest Nature Center
    90 Park St., Demarest, NJ 07627.

    More of a sanctuary than a nature center as there are no displays, exhibits, etc. 55 acres of trails.

    Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
    443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Phone: 201-567-1265.

    Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is a 150-acre preserve and education center situated on the western slope of the Palisades in Englewood, New Jersey. A network of self-guiding trails leads to a cascading stream, wetlands, ponds, wildflower meadows, quarry cliffs and woodland. The diversity of the natural landscape allows our members to observe a remarkable array of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitats. Flat Rock Brook trails and picnic area are open free to the public every day from dawn to dusk. Visitors are requested to respect the land and its natural residents, to take away only memories, and to leave behind only faint footprints.

    James A. McFaul Environmental Center
    150 Crescent Ave.,Wyckoff, NJ Phone: (201) 891-5571.

    The main building, which overlooks the waterfowl pond, has an auditorium, browsing library and nature exhibits. The 81-acre wildlife sanctuary offers nature programs and workshops. The site includes a waterfowl pond, bird shelters, a boardwalk, nature trail, memorial gazebo and natural science exhibits. The Environmental Center gardens include specialties such as flowering trees, Daffodil Hill, rhododendrons, ornamental grasses, the herb garden, a secret scented garden and various memorial plantings. A naturalized field area and woodland contain many plant species that provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species, including insects, birds and mammals.

    Meadowlands Environment Center
    2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. Phone: 201-460-8300.

    New Jersey Audubon Lorrimer Sanctuary
    790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. Phone: (201) 891-2185.

    The visitors’ center has an exhibit and lecture room, winter bird feeding station, interpretive displays, hands-on exhibits, and a gift shop, the proceeds of which benefit the Sanctuary. There is a self-guiding trail system that winds through the 14 acres of land. Much of the acreage is second-growth woods (mostly oak, maple, ash, and beech); and small stands of planted evergreens. The trails are open during Sanctuary hours. All plants and animals are protected — they may not be harmed, harassed or removed.

    While you are here please visit the Center, walk the trails, and browse through the gift/book shop.

    Hours: Wednesday through Friday 9-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays

    Tenafly Nature Center
    313 Hudson Ave.,Tenafly, NJ 07670. Phone: (201) 568-6093.

    Inside the interpretive building you can browse natural history exhibits, see live animals, and find information in the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Library. Our professional educators are available for questions from the community and offer a wide assortment of activities for families, adults, and children of all ages including natural history field trips. When trails are open we welcome visitors to hike, bird-watch, observe wildlife, cross-country ski, snow-shoe and ice skate on Pfister’s Pond. Tenafly Nature Center is a sanctuary for human visitors – an island of green where bonds with nature can be renewed. Whether you have an hour or a day, our woods offer a peaceful respite from the rush of daily life.

    Burlington County

    New Jersey Audubon Rancocas Nature Center
    794 Rancocas Rd.,Mount Holly, NJ 08060. Phone (609) 261-2495.

    Visitor’s Center (museum, store, class), grounds (gardens, ponds, picnics),  and trails.

    Paws Farm Nature Center
    1105 Hainesport Mount Laurel Rd., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Phone: 856-778-8795

    Our goal is to promote a special relationship between people, their local history and environment with an emphasis on reaching out to children. Learning is designed to be fun at Paws Farm. We offer classes and story hours, animal programs and birthday parties, as well as special events throughout the year. All visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive exhibits and the more than 80 birds and animals housed here. Admission fee.

    Cape May County

    Closter Nature Center
    145 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ. Phone: (201) 750-2778

    The Closter Nature Center is a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey, with 136 acres of ponds, brooks, meadows and forests to explore.

    The center is open to all local residents, providing informative monthly lectures and nature walks for the general public, as well as school or scout groups. Come explore the nature center’s educational and environmental programs today!

    New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May
    1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204. Phone: (609) 898-8848.

    Located on the Cape May Harbor, come visit us today! In addition to our many programs, the Trucksess Welcome Center features a gallery with exhibits from local artists, a nature store, a second story viewing deck and a third story viewing tower.  We even have loaner binoculars that you can use while on the deck!

    The Wetlands Institute
    1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247. Phone: (609) 368-1211.

    Essex County

    Greater Newark Conservancy's Urban Environmental And Ecological Center
    32 Prince St.,Newark, NJ 07103. Phone: (973) 642-4646

    Greater Newark Conservancy continues to expand and enhance its Urban Environmental Center in downtown Newark, NJ. What will become the Main Building of the Center is an historic 1884 former synagogue/church on Prince Street, near Springfield Avenue. This 15,800-square-foot building will be transformed into a large lecture hall/community space, environmental classrooms, a demonstration kitchen/laboratory, environmental exhibit galleries and meeting rooms. Next to the former synagogue, the Conservancy has created the Prudential Outdoor Learning Center, featuring outdoor “classroom” thematic gardens and a greenhouse for raising nursery plants and for demonstration purposes. The Center is a natural and open space where urban residents can reenergize their spirit and reduce their stress level, while at the same time inspiring young minds and educating them about the natural world.

    Gloucester County

    Scotland Run Park Nature Center
    980 East Academy Street Clayton, NJ 08312. Phone: (856) 881-0845.

    Self-guided signs that identify interesting features along the trail are being installed on Helen S. Brown Nature Trail, located behind the Nature Center. A new playground, located in the picnic area near the beach, is nearly complete. So come on down and check out the new stuff.

    Mercer County

    Buttinger Nature Center
    31 Titus Mill Rd.,Pennington NJ 08534. Phone: (609) 737-7592.

    The Buttinger Nature Center is your starting point for your adventure at the Watershed Reserve. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can explore our two Discovery Rooms and meet our animals – including snakes, turtles, fish and insects. Enjoy our assortment of seasonal displays and hands-on exhibits. Plus check out our Demonstration Bee Hive and Solar Powered Doll House. Visit the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House (in season) to learn about our insect friends and the importance of protecting our natural habitats.

    Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
    355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd.,Titusville, NJ 08560. Phone: (609) 737-0623.

    Outdoor nature education programs are offered for schools, youth groups, community organizations and visitors to the park. Open Wednesday through Sunday, year round. For information, call (609) 737-0609. Check the Calendar of Events for current programs offered by the Interpretive Center at Washington Crossing State Park. Trails leading from the Interpretive Center take visitors through a mature mixed oak-hardwood forest, young woodlands and successional fields. A nature blind offers quiet observation of birds, deer and other mammals. The natural area supports the spring avens, a rare woodland herb of the rose family. Located within the park, on the same road as the Interpretive Center, the John W. H. Simpson observatory is operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, Inc. The observatory is open Friday nights April through October from 7 pm to 11 pm.

    Monmouth County

    Huber Woods Environmental Center
    25 Brown's Dock Rd., Locust, NJ 07760. Phone: (732) 872-2670 or 0336.

    View the many colorful native birds outside or play in the puppet theater.  Live turtles and snakes await your visit to the Reptile House.  Huber Woods Park also features an all-access Discovery Path, wooded trails and a beautiful picnic area with a view of the meadows and Navesink River. Explore Huber Woods with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Pick a backpack for Pre-K, Forest, Meadow or Pond. Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The Environmental Center and the Reptile House are open weekdays from 10am to 4pm, and on weekends from 10am to 5pm.

    Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
    331 Georgia Tavern Rd., Howell, NJ 07731. Phone: (732) 751-9453.

    The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world. Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment. The Environmental Center is open daily from 10am-4:30pm and until 8:30pm on Fridays only from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Center is closed on December 25.

    Poricy Park Nature Center
    345 Oak Hill Rd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Phone: (732) 842-5966.

    Since 1970, Poricy Park Conservancy has been preserving 250 acres of open space, wildlife and their habitats, prehistoric fossil beds, and the Historic Murray Farmhouse. Poricy Park is an exceptional ecological resource whose 250 acres make it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. Poricy Park is a regional resource, serving residents throughout New Jersey and the Tri-state area. The park is a center for environmental and cultural education, enhancing the community’s enjoyment and appreciation of nature and local history.

    Ocean County

    Cooper Environmental Center
    Cattus Island County Park 1170 Cattus Island Blvd., Toms River, NJ 08753. Phone: 732-270-6960.

    The unspoiled beauty of nature is the main attraction at Cattus Island County Park. This environmentally sensitive park spans just over 500 acres and boasts several miles of trails, many offering lovely vistas of the adjacent Barnegat Bay. Cattus Island is home to the Cooper Environmental Center, where visitors of all ages will enjoy hands-on displays along with collections of live reptiles and fish. Every weekend, the Cooper Center staff run progams throughout the day. The park also contains a beautiful Butterfly Garden. Nature discovery backpacks, adult size bicycles and GPS units are available to borrow – inquire at the reception desk.

    Forest Resource Education Center
    370 East Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527. Phone: (732) 928-2360.

    The Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) provides free environmental education programs to groups of all ages. The FREC teaches forest stewardship at the Fall Forestry Festival and other special events to families, girl scouts, and boy scouts. FREC includes an Interpretive Center for environmental education and the New Jersey State Forest Nursery which grows seedlings for reforestation.

    Wells Mills Nature Center
    905 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown, NJ 08758. Phone: (609) 971-3085.

    Wells Mills, Ocean County’s largest park, features almost 900 acres of precious natural environments. A freshwater lake, streams, swamps, and uplands are set in New Jersey’s beautiful Pine Barrens. Extensive pine-oak forests are interspersed with Atlantic white cedar swamps freshwater bogs, and maple gum swamps. Central to the park is the Wells Mills Nature Center. Several stories high, one of its features includes an observation deck providing a view of the surrounding Pine Barrens. The Exhibit Room features a variety of displays relating to the environment and our wildlife. An eighty-seat lecture room provides indoor space for some educational programs, while outside they are conducted in the forests or over the Park’s 18 miles of marked Nature Trails.

    Passaic County

    New Jersey Audubon Weis Ecology Center
    150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456. Phone: (973) 835-2160.

    Bird Feeding Station where the feeders viewed from our observation deck attract a wide variety of birds including our resident hummingbirds during the summer; Butterfly Garden/Model Backyard Habitat May ~ September to watch the birds, butterflies, and caterpillars which frequent our garden or pick up ideas to improve your own yard;  Nature Store your nearby natural resource offering children’s gift items, field guides & books, bird feeders & accessories; stop in our Visitor Center to see our live snakes, turtle, and other seasonal/photography displays; and pick up a trail map which will open the door to the 24+ miles of trails that depart from the Weis’s private grounds to explore Norvin Green State Forest and the surrounding Highlands.

    Somerset County

    New Jersey Audubon Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
    11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, NJ Phone: (908) 766-5787

    The Hoffman estate house, added on to and renovated in 2004-5, is now New Jersey Audubon’s magnificent Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education. The Center, located in the foothills of the Highlands, boasts an environmental learning center, tree-top level observation deck, bookstore, and exhibits. Well-maintained and marked trails traverse the Sanctuary, ranging in length from 0.3 miles to 1.3 miles and passing through upland deciduous forest, fields, woodland, and the floodplain along the headwaters of the Passaic River. Scherman-Hoffman is conveniently located within minutes of the Morristown National Historical Park (Jockey Hollow preserves more than 2,500 acres, including the Cross Estate), the 7,000 acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Somerset County Environmental Education Center, the Raptor Trust, Washington Valley Park’s Chimney Rock Hawk Watch, and Montclair Hawk Watch.

    Union County

    Trailside Nature & Science Center
    452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, NJ 07092. Phone: 908-789-3670.

    Trailside Nature & Science Center is Union County’s Environmental Education Center, located in the Watchung Reservation, a 2,065-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking trails. Renovated in September 2006, the Center houses 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the art exhibits, including a towering 34-foot American beech tree exhibit that fills the building’s atrium. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m., 7 Days a Week, Free Admission

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    Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
    581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787. Phone: 631-265-1054.

    Caleb Smith State Park Preserve offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels. The preserve also offers interpretive programs for youth organizations and the general public including Tiny Tots (3-5 year olds), Fun for Kids, Family Adventures, and Adult Ed-ventures.

    The nature museum is in the Smith Family home built in 1751. Nature trails lead you through a variety of habitats typical of the north shore of Long Island where many species of plants and animals are found. Most of the preserve’s 543 acres are undeveloped, allowing views of its many different habitats, including freshwater wetlands, ponds, streams, fields, and woods. The preserve is a refuge for wildlife and its diverse habitats support a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns. It offers hiking opportunities and also operates a nature museum with wildlife displays and nature programs for children and adults. The Nature Museum has been recently renovated and showcases natural history exhibits including a Great Blue Heron, Red Fox, Flying Squirrel and a River Otter.Hours: Trails and museum open 8am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday. Price: Free; $8 parking Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Center for Science Teaching and Learning
    Tanglewood Preserve Park, 1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Phone: 516-764-0045

    Amazing Animals Exhibit Admission – $6/person, Open 10am – 4pm (Closed Mon. & Tues), Grounds and Nature Trails – FREE (Mon.-Sun., 9am-5pm)

    CSTL’s Amazing Animals Exhibit is located at the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, NY. Visitors can enjoy the preserves streams, ponds, and nature trails any time. Amazing Animals features 2,000 sq/ft of reptiles, mammals, birds, and amphibians.  You’ll see baby alligators, fish, reptiles and amphibians. This is a good place to visit animals in indoor and outdoor environments. Most are rescued creatures that can’t be reintroduced into the wild. Staffers will take animals out of their living areas to give visitors a closer look. CSTL is located at Tanglewood, a beautiful 11-acre nature preserve. The campus is comprised of restored turn-of-the-century buildings including an exhibit hall, multi-purpose room, and barn which can accommodate large groups simultaneously. Throughout the preserve, Tanglewood has peaceful ponds, streams, and nature trails for visitors to enjoy.

    Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
    1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. Phone: 516-692-6768

    Admission fee charged. Hours: Open Daily: 10am-5pm; June, July & August: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

    Founded in 1883 as a state facility, the Hatchery now serves as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing effective, relevant environmental education about the aquatic resources of New York.  This unique facility houses New York State’s largest collection of native freshwater fish, reptiles, and amphibians. It offers many interesting exhibits, including forty Aquariums with over sixty species of New York freshwater fish, an outdoor Turtle Habitat and indoor Turtle Room with a complete collection of freshwater turtles, displays highlighting amphibians of New York State, an indoor stream exhibit that highlights the main Aquarium Building, and much more.  Thousands of trout are still hatched here every year, and visitors can witness the process through six outdoor rearing pools that hold the fish in various stages of development, from four-month old fingerlings to adult sized trout.

    Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
    50 Barry Dr.,Glen Cove, NY 11542. Phone: (516) 571-8010.

    The Museum is a center for research on Long Island geology and a valued resource in the study of Long Island’s Native American archaeology. Reference collections of original archaeological artifacts and geological phenomena are maintained. These are used in exhibits and Museum educational programs and are available for special research purposes. With interactive exhibits and dioramas of the daily life of the Native Americans who once lived in this area, Garvies Point Museum and Preserve shows visitors the cultural and natural history of this area.  Museum maps and exhibits explain how Long Island was formed when glaciers deposited debris in the area.  The preserve consists of 62 acres of glacial moraine covered by forests, thickets, and meadows. There are about five miles of marked natured trails including trails for the blind. Life forms typical of the north shore of Long Island are abundant along the rocky shoreline. The woods and meadows, with their varied plant life, attract more than 140 species of birds, notably, scarlet tanagers and many varieties of warblers. A trail guide to the preserve is available at the museum.   Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., school groups by appointment Tuesday to Friday, closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Admission: Adults:$3.00, children 5-12 years: $2.00

    Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve
    200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725. Phone: (631) 543-7804.

    The Hoyt Farm Nature Center is an exciting and educational place. They have many live animals, including snakes, frogs, salamanders, turtles, and fish. The educational displays describe life on Long Island from the beaches to the trees and you can’t miss the Native American artifact collection. Nature Center Hours of Operation: Open Memorial day to Labor day -7 days a week 1 pm – 4 pm.

     

    Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
    350 Yaphank Ave.,Yaphank, NY 11980. Phone: (631) 852-4600.

    Tens of thousands of visitors join us every year at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center–a real working farm in action! Families can participate in our many special events and get up close to the farm animals. The century-old Farm offers unique educational programs for children Pre-K thru 12th grade, summer day camps, showgrounds, special events, a butterfly house, a certified Nature Explore Classroom and much more. The farm is open to the public — year round, seven days a week from 9 am to 3 pm.

    Sweetbriar Nature Center
    62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown, NY 11787. Phone: (631) 979-6344

    Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit corporation which exists to provide natural science education services for Long Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services. Through education and examples, ECSS encourages responsible decision making, appreciation, and respect for the unique wildlife and ecosystems found on Long Island. Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.

    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center
    134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Phone: (516) 922-3200.

    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, located in Oyster Bay, was established in 1923 as the first Audubon Songbird Sanctuary in the nation. Twelve acres were donated by W. Emlen and Christine Roosevelt in memory of their cousin, the late Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. The Sanctuary’s original purpose was to provide a protected environment for songbirds whose populations were declining due to habitat loss. Today, it is a vibrant resource offering a wide variety of activities, including environmental education, wildlife research, and conservation advocacy.

    Hours of operation: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: noon- 4:00 pm

    FREE admission.

    Upland Farm Nature Sanctuary
    250 Lawrence Hill Rd., Cold Spring Harbor, NY Phone: 631-367-3225.

    True to its name, Uplands Farm Sanctuary retains the appearance of an old dairy farm, complete with a silo and open fields that were once cattle pastures. Today, the old farm buildings serve as an office for The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Chapter. A double-loop trail meanders from bird and butterfly meadows, through deciduous forests, into a white pine-shaded ravine.

    Rockand Lake State Park Nature Center
    Rt. 9W, Rockland Lake, NY 10989. Phone: 845-268-2503

    The Rockland Lake Nature Center is part of a large recreational area at Rockland Lake North State Park. Re-opened in 2003, the nature center provides interpretative trails through wetland areas as well exhibits on local wildlife and history. New exhibits feature the wildlife of Rockland Lake, the story of the formation of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and the history of the Davies family of Dr. Davies Orchards fame. New exhibits join a permanent display on the rich ice harvesting history of Rockland Lake. Interpretative walks and programs are run every weekend on local history and wildlife. OPEN SUMMER ONLY.

    Trailside Museums and Zoo
    Rt. 9W Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Phone: 845-786-2701 ext 263

    Built on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, Trailside Museums and Wildlife Center is comprised of four comprehensive museum buildings connected by the oldest continually-operated nature trail in the United States. Hours: Trailside: Sept – May: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Daily; June – July: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Four museums (Herpetology, Nature Study, Geology, and History); river overlooks; archaeological remains of Fort Clinton; indoor and outdoor animal exhibits.

    Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary
    127 Warren Landing Rd.,Garrison, NY 10524. Phone: 845-265-2601.

    Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, is a unique 270-acre tidal marsh located in Cold Spring. The mission at Constitution Marsh Sanctuary is twofold: to provide stewardship of this fragile wetland and to teach others about it. They believe there is no substitute for a trip to the shoreline, where one can explore and discover the river first hand. The marsh is irreplaceable habitat and provides refuge to the wildlife of the Hudson River Estuary. Common breeding birds include Marsh Wren, Louisiana Waterthrush, Spotted Sandpiper, Virginia Rail and many others. The Education Center’s exhibits, highlighted by a 500-gallon aquarium and a live video of nesting Eastern Phoebes (seasonal), allow visitors to come face to face with fish, crabs and other wildlife of the Hudson River. Jim’s Walk — the marsh’s 700-foot boardwalk, is accessible to families, birders, artists, or anyone who wants to experience the natural side of the beautiful Hudson! Hours: Grounds: Open daily 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM // Nature Center open Tues. – Sun. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

    Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
    The museum has two locations 1.5 miles apart.: Outdoor Discovery Center: 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall, NY. Phone: 845-534-5506. Wildlife Education Center: 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Phone: 845-534-778

    The nature museum includes the two centers listed above, 1.5 miles apart, along with pond, field, and woodland hiking trails. Hiking trails and weekend programs. See website for more information.

    Belleayre Mountain Interactive Nature Center
    Belleayre Mountain Rd., Pine Hill, NY 12465. Phone: 845-254-5600 ext 303.

    The Belleayre Mountain Interactive Nature Center is a seasonal, hands-on learning experience for everyone. Visitors to the Nature Center are strongly encouraged to look, touch, feel, smell and examine. From “eating” like a bird, stroking the fur of a Coyote or Bobcat, watching fish, or picking up some very informative literature, there is something for everyone. The Nature Center invites everyone from local community, to area visitors, to school group and more to come, see and feel for themselves how fun and informative nature can be.

    Forsyth Nature Center
    Lucas Ave.,Kingston, NY 12401. Phone: 845-331-1682 ext. 132

    Owned and operated by the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, the Forsyth Nature Center offer’s year round environmental education programs at its facility in Forsyth Park as well as its Hudson River Parks. The nature center offer’s 18 hand’s on animal exhibits and a variety of gardens. The facility also provides year round bird walks, kayaking, snowshoeing, school and private programs as well as summer week long nature programs geared for children. The Forsyth Nature Center has been growing and changing for many years. The Mission of the Forsyth Nature Center is “To foster the exploration of the natural world in and around our community through educational programming and contact with flora and fauna at an interpretive facility”. The Forsyth Nature Center has 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens that contain a variety of native flora found right here in the Hudson Valley.  Hours: Open Year Round, Mon. – Fri.: 7:00 AM – 5:00PM // Sat. – Sun.: (in May – October) 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (October – April) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Frost Valley Environmental Education Center- Frost Valley YMCA
    2000 Frost Valley Rd.,Claryville, NY 12725. Phone: 845-985-2291.

    CALL AHEAD FOR FEE INFORMATION AND PROGRAMS.  A 6000-acre facility in the Catskills, Frost Valley provides programming for schools and conference groups year round. Programs include natural science, adventure education and wilderness experience. A teaching staff of 21 is available mid-week for residential school programs and weekends by arrangement. Specialty programs include maple sugaring, cider pressing, gardening, US Geological acid rain survey station, canoeing, wildlife studies, ice cutting and winter recreation programs. Hours: Guided programs year-round. Interpretive building – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. FEES APPLY- CALL FOR INFO.

    Minnewaska State Park Preser
    5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446. Phone: 845-255-0752.

    Small, seasonal nature center in majestic Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The Minnewaska Nature Center is perched above Divers’ Cove on Minnewaska Lake, offering a bird’s eye view of the lake below. The center features interactive nature education displays for families and is conveniently located close to the Wildmere parking area. Public environmental education and recreation programs are offered year-round and feature interpretive hikes and snowshoe outings. Topics of interest on such outings include wildlife tracking, wild edibles, winter tree identification, the cultural history of the site and much more. Regularly scheduled programs include “Wellness Walks” on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from November through June, “Early Morning Birders” outings every Tuesday morning from April through October and Junior Naturalists and Junior Rangers, a summer series designed for school aged children and offered twice each summer. Education programs are offered for school groups, clubs and other organizations. Hours: Open Sat. – Sun. 10:00 AM -12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, as staff is available.

    Mohonk Preserve
    3197 State Route 55, Gardiner, NY 12525. Phone: 845-255-0919.

    The Mohonk Preserve protects the Shawangunk Mountains by inspiring people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world. As New York State’s largest non-profit nature preserve, we protect nearly 7,000 acres of forests, fields, streams and lakes, mountain ridges, and other unique environments and provide habitat for wildlife. The Preserve welcomes 150,000 annual visitors who come to rock climb, mountain bike, hike, ski, and study and enjoy nature. The Preserve provides education to school children and the public; is the site of cutting-edge research on climate change, wildlife, water quality, and other critical issues; maintains 70 miles of carriage roads and trails for public benefit; and works with neighbors, local municipalities, and conservation partners to protect open space region-wide.

    Stonykill Environmental Center
    79 Farmstead Lane (Rt 9D), Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Phone: 845-831-8780.

    Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center’s 1,000+ acres of rolling farmland with cultivated crop lands, pastures, thickets, hardwood forests, swamps, ponds and streams provide a rich variety for plant and wildlife communities and their study along the 7 miles of interpreted trails. Outdoor exhibits include native tree species, birds, herb garden and perennial garden. Hours: Grounds open daily, sunrise to sunset, year-round.

    Beczak Environmental Education Center
    35 Alexander St.,Yonkers, NY 10701. Phone: 914-377-1900.

    The Beczak Environmental Education Center is a non-profit environmental education facility that presents exhibits and programs for all ages to raise environmental awareness and to encourage informed stewardship of the Hudson River, the Saw Mill River and the Bronx River. Located on the banks of the Hudson in the City of Yonkers, at River Mile 18, the Beczak Environmental Education Center is an adaptive reuse of the former Social Club for Habirshaw Cable & Wire. This spacious interpretive center has several fish tanks, telescopes trained on the Palisades cliffs and rotating exhibits. Outside, the two-acre park features a welcoming riverfront lawn, an easily accessible tidal marsh and a beach used for river exploration and seining. Approximately ten feet off shore is an Estuary Monitoring System, the first computerized water and weather monitoring station in the Hudson that posts real-time data on Beczak’s Website.

    Cranberry Lake Preserve
    1609 Old Orchard St.,, West Harrison, NY 10604. Phone: (914) 428-1005

    Cranberry Lake Preserve is a 190-acre park operated by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. A variety of habitats including a four-acre lake, cliffs and scrubland, mixed hardwood forest, vernal pools, and a swamp. Visitors can learn about the area’s past by following the History Trail to the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse and early 20th-century stone-mining operation. The Nature Center offers family-oriented nature programs most weekends and houses a variety of interactive, educational displays. Nature programs are offered to the public nearly every weekend.

    Croton Point Nature Center
    Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Phone: 914-862-5297

    The Croton Point Nature Center is located at the 504-acre Croton Point Park, the largest peninsula on the Hudson River. The building houses exhibits on local flora and fauna (including Hudson River specimens), local and Native American history and hands-on-activities. Restrooms, maps and information are also available in the nature center. This park offers year-round events and activities and has facilities for camping, hiking and swimming. The park, rich in natural and human history, is also the site of historic wine cellars that are thought of be the oldest in New York State and the Croton Point Nature Center.

    Edith G.Read Wildlife Sanctuary
    Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580. Phone: (914) 967-8720.

    Great Blue HeronLocated on the shore of the Long Island Sound, along a migratory flyway, this 179-acre 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 due to its significant habitats and flyway.

    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. Restrooms, maps and information are available at the nature center. The building also houses a small number of exhibits on the ecology of the area. Checklists of seasonally distinct bird species are available.

    Greenburgh Nature Center
    99 Dromore Rd. (off Central Park Ave.,), Scarsdale, NY 10583.

    The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is a 33-acre nature preserve with trails, a pond and gardens. More than 70,000 visitors come to the GNC each year. 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, which is used as a nesting area for Eastern box turtles.

    Lenoir Preserve
    Dudley St., Yonkers, NY. Phone: (914) 968-5851.

    Lenoir Preserve is a 40-acre nature preserve comprising of woodlands and field habitats. It is adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct on slopes overlooking the Hudson River, providing spectacular views. Every spring and autumn, bird watchers gather to observe major hawk migrations. Nature enthusiasts can learn about raptor identification markings, such as flight patterns and silhouettes, and can take part in official tracking counts of raptors. In summer, the butterfly garden is at its height, visited by a wide variety of butterflies. Nearby, a dragonfly pond provides the necessary habitat for numerous aquatic insects and attracts birds and other wildlife. The Nature Center houses many different nature exhibits.

    Marshlands Conservancy
    Route 1, Rye, NY 10580. Phone: (914) 835-4466

    Marshlands Conservancy is a 147-acre wildlife sanctuary composed of diverse habitats. Forest, meadow, salt marsh and shore can be explored and appreciated here. There are 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 birdwatching location. More than 230 species have been sighted. The Marshlands salt marsh is one of few in New York accessible to the public for study and enjoyment. Nature Center exhibits: The building displays a small number of changing exhibits and saltwater aquaria containing representative species of marine life.

    Rye Nature Center
    873 Boston Post Rd., Rye 10580. Phone: 914-967-5150.

    City-owned facility of 47 acres of wildlife preserve with ponds, streams and hiking trails that provide a full range of environmental education programs and activities. Open year-round, Monday – Friday, 9-5pm; Saturday, 10-4pm.

    Teatown Lake Reservation
    1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining, NY 10562. (914) 762-2912.

    Teatown Lake Reservation’s 875-acre nature preserve spans into three towns (Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle) located in the northwest section of Westchester County, New York.  The property provides a unique glimpse of the biological diversity and fragile ecosystem of the entire Hudson Hills and Highlands bioregion. Visitors are awed by the beauty of the preserve, which includes streams, hardwood swamps, mixed forests, meadows, hemlock forests, laurel groves and a scenic gorge.

    FIFTEEN MILES OF HIKING TRAILS: There are nearly 15 miles of hiking trails marked throughout Teatown’s preserve for visitors to traverse and enjoy.  The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. NATURE CENTER : Teatown’s Nature Center houses nature education exhibits and a live animal collection of a variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds of prey, and mammals.  There is free admission to both our indoor and outdoor exhibits. The Nature Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. DIVERSE HABITATS: Teatown Lake Reservation’s abundant fields, mixed forests, lakes, streams, swamps and farmland provide a unique glimpse of the biological diversity of the region. Some featured destinations include Teatown Lake, Shadow Lake, Hidden Valley, Griffin Swamp and Cliffdale Meadows.

    Trailside Museum – Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
    Routes 35 and 121, Cross River, NY 10518. Phone: (914) 864-7322.

    The Trailside Nature Museum, established in 1937, is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. The museum is home to a large collection of mounted animals, American Indian artifacts, educational exhibits, child-friendly interactive displays, and nature-oriented artwork. During the summer months, butterfly and moth hatcheries are maintained inside the museum for a close look at the miracle of metamorphosis. Be sure to go butterflying at the outside demonstration butterfly garden which attracts parades of butterflies. The brochure Butterflies of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation lists 83 species that have been seen on the grounds. Birds of field and forest abound throughout the year. Birds of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation contains a checklist of the 184 species recorded in the park to date.

    In addition, there is a one-half acre wildflower garden containing more than 80 different kinds of labeled wildflowers. There are several self-guided nature trails – directions and pamphlets are available in the museum.

    Weinburg Nature Center
    455 Mamaroneck Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583. Phone: 914-722-1289

    Nature sanctuary and home to a wide variety of animals and birds, with a meadow, fruit orchard, butterfly and hummingbird garden, Japanese-style Zen meditation garden and outdoor Native American Village. The Trailside Museum offers nature-related exhibits and eductional programs focusing on local environment and wildlife, archaeology and Native American culture. The trails are open dawn to dusk seven days a week. The Trailside Museum is open year round from 9-5pm, Wednesday – Sunday. (Summer from 9-5pm, Monday – Friday).

    Westmoreland Sanctuary
    260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, NY 10549. Phone: 914-666-8448.

    Westmoreland is a 625 acre wildlife sanctuary located in Westchester County. A reconstructed 200 year old building serves as a museum and nature center. There are 8 miles of trails which are open dawn to dusk. Educational programs are offered to schools, scouts and the general public. Programs offered include pond ecology, bird banding, tree identification, mammals, bluebird house construction and general nature hike. We also offer a variety of weekend programs for the general public.

    Flying Deer Nature Center
    5 Abode Rd., New Lebanon, NY 12125. Phone: 518-794-6687.

    Flying Deer Nature Center is a wilderness school and community dedicated to mentoring children, youth, adults and families in deep connection to nature, self, and others. Since Flying Deer’s inception in 1995, more than 2,500 children and adults have participated in our nature education programs, wilderness adventures, coming-of-age experiences, and community activities.

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    Flying Deer Nature Center
    5 Abode Rd., New Lebanon, NY 12125. Phone: 518-794-6687.

    Flying Deer Nature Center is a wilderness school and community dedicated to mentoring children, youth, adults and families in deep connection to nature, self, and others. Since Flying Deer’s inception in 1995, more than 2,500 children and adults have participated in our nature education programs, wilderness adventures, coming-of-age experiences, and community activities.

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    Stonykill Environmental Center
    79 Farmstead Lane (Rt 9D), Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Phone: 845-831-8780.

    Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center’s 1,000+ acres of rolling farmland with cultivated crop lands, pastures, thickets, hardwood forests, swamps, ponds and streams provide a rich variety for plant and wildlife communities and their study along the 7 miles of interpreted trails. Outdoor exhibits include native tree species, birds, herb garden and perennial garden. Hours: Grounds open daily, sunrise to sunset, year-round.

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    Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
    581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787. Phone: 631-265-1054.

    Caleb Smith State Park Preserve offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels. The preserve also offers interpretive programs for youth organizations and the general public including Tiny Tots (3-5 year olds), Fun for Kids, Family Adventures, and Adult Ed-ventures.

    The nature museum is in the Smith Family home built in 1751. Nature trails lead you through a variety of habitats typical of the north shore of Long Island where many species of plants and animals are found. Most of the preserve’s 543 acres are undeveloped, allowing views of its many different habitats, including freshwater wetlands, ponds, streams, fields, and woods. The preserve is a refuge for wildlife and its diverse habitats support a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns. It offers hiking opportunities and also operates a nature museum with wildlife displays and nature programs for children and adults. The Nature Museum has been recently renovated and showcases natural history exhibits including a Great Blue Heron, Red Fox, Flying Squirrel and a River Otter.Hours: Trails and museum open 8am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday. Price: Free; $8 parking Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Center for Science Teaching and Learning
    Tanglewood Preserve Park, 1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Phone: 516-764-0045

    Amazing Animals Exhibit Admission – $6/person, Open 10am – 4pm (Closed Mon. & Tues), Grounds and Nature Trails – FREE (Mon.-Sun., 9am-5pm)

    CSTL’s Amazing Animals Exhibit is located at the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, NY. Visitors can enjoy the preserves streams, ponds, and nature trails any time. Amazing Animals features 2,000 sq/ft of reptiles, mammals, birds, and amphibians.  You’ll see baby alligators, fish, reptiles and amphibians. This is a good place to visit animals in indoor and outdoor environments. Most are rescued creatures that can’t be reintroduced into the wild. Staffers will take animals out of their living areas to give visitors a closer look. CSTL is located at Tanglewood, a beautiful 11-acre nature preserve. The campus is comprised of restored turn-of-the-century buildings including an exhibit hall, multi-purpose room, and barn which can accommodate large groups simultaneously. Throughout the preserve, Tanglewood has peaceful ponds, streams, and nature trails for visitors to enjoy.

    Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
    1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. Phone: 516-692-6768

    Admission fee charged. Hours: Open Daily: 10am-5pm; June, July & August: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

    Founded in 1883 as a state facility, the Hatchery now serves as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing effective, relevant environmental education about the aquatic resources of New York.  This unique facility houses New York State’s largest collection of native freshwater fish, reptiles, and amphibians. It offers many interesting exhibits, including forty Aquariums with over sixty species of New York freshwater fish, an outdoor Turtle Habitat and indoor Turtle Room with a complete collection of freshwater turtles, displays highlighting amphibians of New York State, an indoor stream exhibit that highlights the main Aquarium Building, and much more.  Thousands of trout are still hatched here every year, and visitors can witness the process through six outdoor rearing pools that hold the fish in various stages of development, from four-month old fingerlings to adult sized trout.

    Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
    50 Barry Dr.,Glen Cove, NY 11542. Phone: (516) 571-8010.

    The Museum is a center for research on Long Island geology and a valued resource in the study of Long Island’s Native American archaeology. Reference collections of original archaeological artifacts and geological phenomena are maintained. These are used in exhibits and Museum educational programs and are available for special research purposes. With interactive exhibits and dioramas of the daily life of the Native Americans who once lived in this area, Garvies Point Museum and Preserve shows visitors the cultural and natural history of this area.  Museum maps and exhibits explain how Long Island was formed when glaciers deposited debris in the area.  The preserve consists of 62 acres of glacial moraine covered by forests, thickets, and meadows. There are about five miles of marked natured trails including trails for the blind. Life forms typical of the north shore of Long Island are abundant along the rocky shoreline. The woods and meadows, with their varied plant life, attract more than 140 species of birds, notably, scarlet tanagers and many varieties of warblers. A trail guide to the preserve is available at the museum.   Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., school groups by appointment Tuesday to Friday, closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Admission: Adults:$3.00, children 5-12 years: $2.00

    Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve
    200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725. Phone: (631) 543-7804.

    The Hoyt Farm Nature Center is an exciting and educational place. They have many live animals, including snakes, frogs, salamanders, turtles, and fish. The educational displays describe life on Long Island from the beaches to the trees and you can’t miss the Native American artifact collection. Nature Center Hours of Operation: Open Memorial day to Labor day -7 days a week 1 pm – 4 pm.

     

    Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
    350 Yaphank Ave.,Yaphank, NY 11980. Phone: (631) 852-4600.

    Tens of thousands of visitors join us every year at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center–a real working farm in action! Families can participate in our many special events and get up close to the farm animals. The century-old Farm offers unique educational programs for children Pre-K thru 12th grade, summer day camps, showgrounds, special events, a butterfly house, a certified Nature Explore Classroom and much more. The farm is open to the public — year round, seven days a week from 9 am to 3 pm.

    Sweetbriar Nature Center
    62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown, NY 11787. Phone: (631) 979-6344

    Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit corporation which exists to provide natural science education services for Long Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services. Through education and examples, ECSS encourages responsible decision making, appreciation, and respect for the unique wildlife and ecosystems found on Long Island. Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.

    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center
    134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Phone: (516) 922-3200.

    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, located in Oyster Bay, was established in 1923 as the first Audubon Songbird Sanctuary in the nation. Twelve acres were donated by W. Emlen and Christine Roosevelt in memory of their cousin, the late Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. The Sanctuary’s original purpose was to provide a protected environment for songbirds whose populations were declining due to habitat loss. Today, it is a vibrant resource offering a wide variety of activities, including environmental education, wildlife research, and conservation advocacy.

    Hours of operation: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: noon- 4:00 pm

    FREE admission.

    Upland Farm Nature Sanctuary
    250 Lawrence Hill Rd., Cold Spring Harbor, NY Phone: 631-367-3225.

    True to its name, Uplands Farm Sanctuary retains the appearance of an old dairy farm, complete with a silo and open fields that were once cattle pastures. Today, the old farm buildings serve as an office for The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Chapter. A double-loop trail meanders from bird and butterfly meadows, through deciduous forests, into a white pine-shaded ravine.

    Orange County

    Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
    The museum has two locations 1.5 miles apart.: Outdoor Discovery Center: 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall, NY. Phone: 845-534-5506. Wildlife Education Center: 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Phone: 845-534-778

    The nature museum includes the two centers listed above, 1.5 miles apart, along with pond, field, and woodland hiking trails. Hiking trails and weekend programs. See website for more information.

    Putnam County

    Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary
    127 Warren Landing Rd.,Garrison, NY 10524. Phone: 845-265-2601.

    Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, is a unique 270-acre tidal marsh located in Cold Spring. The mission at Constitution Marsh Sanctuary is twofold: to provide stewardship of this fragile wetland and to teach others about it. They believe there is no substitute for a trip to the shoreline, where one can explore and discover the river first hand. The marsh is irreplaceable habitat and provides refuge to the wildlife of the Hudson River Estuary. Common breeding birds include Marsh Wren, Louisiana Waterthrush, Spotted Sandpiper, Virginia Rail and many others. The Education Center’s exhibits, highlighted by a 500-gallon aquarium and a live video of nesting Eastern Phoebes (seasonal), allow visitors to come face to face with fish, crabs and other wildlife of the Hudson River. Jim’s Walk — the marsh’s 700-foot boardwalk, is accessible to families, birders, artists, or anyone who wants to experience the natural side of the beautiful Hudson! Hours: Grounds: Open daily 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM // Nature Center open Tues. – Sun. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

    Rockland County

    Rockand Lake State Park Nature Center
    Rt. 9W, Rockland Lake, NY 10989. Phone: 845-268-2503

    The Rockland Lake Nature Center is part of a large recreational area at Rockland Lake North State Park. Re-opened in 2003, the nature center provides interpretative trails through wetland areas as well exhibits on local wildlife and history. New exhibits feature the wildlife of Rockland Lake, the story of the formation of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and the history of the Davies family of Dr. Davies Orchards fame. New exhibits join a permanent display on the rich ice harvesting history of Rockland Lake. Interpretative walks and programs are run every weekend on local history and wildlife. OPEN SUMMER ONLY.

    Trailside Museums and Zoo
    Rt. 9W Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Phone: 845-786-2701 ext 263

    Built on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, Trailside Museums and Wildlife Center is comprised of four comprehensive museum buildings connected by the oldest continually-operated nature trail in the United States. Hours: Trailside: Sept – May: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Daily; June – July: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Four museums (Herpetology, Nature Study, Geology, and History); river overlooks; archaeological remains of Fort Clinton; indoor and outdoor animal exhibits.

    Ulster County

    Belleayre Mountain Interactive Nature Center
    Belleayre Mountain Rd., Pine Hill, NY 12465. Phone: 845-254-5600 ext 303.

    The Belleayre Mountain Interactive Nature Center is a seasonal, hands-on learning experience for everyone. Visitors to the Nature Center are strongly encouraged to look, touch, feel, smell and examine. From “eating” like a bird, stroking the fur of a Coyote or Bobcat, watching fish, or picking up some very informative literature, there is something for everyone. The Nature Center invites everyone from local community, to area visitors, to school group and more to come, see and feel for themselves how fun and informative nature can be.

    Forsyth Nature Center
    Lucas Ave.,Kingston, NY 12401. Phone: 845-331-1682 ext. 132

    Owned and operated by the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, the Forsyth Nature Center offer’s year round environmental education programs at its facility in Forsyth Park as well as its Hudson River Parks. The nature center offer’s 18 hand’s on animal exhibits and a variety of gardens. The facility also provides year round bird walks, kayaking, snowshoeing, school and private programs as well as summer week long nature programs geared for children. The Forsyth Nature Center has been growing and changing for many years. The Mission of the Forsyth Nature Center is “To foster the exploration of the natural world in and around our community through educational programming and contact with flora and fauna at an interpretive facility”. The Forsyth Nature Center has 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens that contain a variety of native flora found right here in the Hudson Valley.  Hours: Open Year Round, Mon. – Fri.: 7:00 AM – 5:00PM // Sat. – Sun.: (in May – October) 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (October – April) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Frost Valley Environmental Education Center- Frost Valley YMCA
    2000 Frost Valley Rd.,Claryville, NY 12725. Phone: 845-985-2291.

    CALL AHEAD FOR FEE INFORMATION AND PROGRAMS.  A 6000-acre facility in the Catskills, Frost Valley provides programming for schools and conference groups year round. Programs include natural science, adventure education and wilderness experience. A teaching staff of 21 is available mid-week for residential school programs and weekends by arrangement. Specialty programs include maple sugaring, cider pressing, gardening, US Geological acid rain survey station, canoeing, wildlife studies, ice cutting and winter recreation programs. Hours: Guided programs year-round. Interpretive building – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. FEES APPLY- CALL FOR INFO.

    Minnewaska State Park Preser
    5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446. Phone: 845-255-0752.

    Small, seasonal nature center in majestic Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The Minnewaska Nature Center is perched above Divers’ Cove on Minnewaska Lake, offering a bird’s eye view of the lake below. The center features interactive nature education displays for families and is conveniently located close to the Wildmere parking area. Public environmental education and recreation programs are offered year-round and feature interpretive hikes and snowshoe outings. Topics of interest on such outings include wildlife tracking, wild edibles, winter tree identification, the cultural history of the site and much more. Regularly scheduled programs include “Wellness Walks” on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from November through June, “Early Morning Birders” outings every Tuesday morning from April through October and Junior Naturalists and Junior Rangers, a summer series designed for school aged children and offered twice each summer. Education programs are offered for school groups, clubs and other organizations. Hours: Open Sat. – Sun. 10:00 AM -12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, as staff is available.

    Mohonk Preserve
    3197 State Route 55, Gardiner, NY 12525. Phone: 845-255-0919.

    The Mohonk Preserve protects the Shawangunk Mountains by inspiring people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world. As New York State’s largest non-profit nature preserve, we protect nearly 7,000 acres of forests, fields, streams and lakes, mountain ridges, and other unique environments and provide habitat for wildlife. The Preserve welcomes 150,000 annual visitors who come to rock climb, mountain bike, hike, ski, and study and enjoy nature. The Preserve provides education to school children and the public; is the site of cutting-edge research on climate change, wildlife, water quality, and other critical issues; maintains 70 miles of carriage roads and trails for public benefit; and works with neighbors, local municipalities, and conservation partners to protect open space region-wide.

    Westchester County

    Beczak Environmental Education Center
    35 Alexander St.,Yonkers, NY 10701. Phone: 914-377-1900.

    The Beczak Environmental Education Center is a non-profit environmental education facility that presents exhibits and programs for all ages to raise environmental awareness and to encourage informed stewardship of the Hudson River, the Saw Mill River and the Bronx River. Located on the banks of the Hudson in the City of Yonkers, at River Mile 18, the Beczak Environmental Education Center is an adaptive reuse of the former Social Club for Habirshaw Cable & Wire. This spacious interpretive center has several fish tanks, telescopes trained on the Palisades cliffs and rotating exhibits. Outside, the two-acre park features a welcoming riverfront lawn, an easily accessible tidal marsh and a beach used for river exploration and seining. Approximately ten feet off shore is an Estuary Monitoring System, the first computerized water and weather monitoring station in the Hudson that posts real-time data on Beczak’s Website.

    Cranberry Lake Preserve
    1609 Old Orchard St.,, West Harrison, NY 10604. Phone: (914) 428-1005

    Cranberry Lake Preserve is a 190-acre park operated by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. A variety of habitats including a four-acre lake, cliffs and scrubland, mixed hardwood forest, vernal pools, and a swamp. Visitors can learn about the area’s past by following the History Trail to the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse and early 20th-century stone-mining operation. The Nature Center offers family-oriented nature programs most weekends and houses a variety of interactive, educational displays. Nature programs are offered to the public nearly every weekend.

    Croton Point Nature Center
    Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Phone: 914-862-5297

    The Croton Point Nature Center is located at the 504-acre Croton Point Park, the largest peninsula on the Hudson River. The building houses exhibits on local flora and fauna (including Hudson River specimens), local and Native American history and hands-on-activities. Restrooms, maps and information are also available in the nature center. This park offers year-round events and activities and has facilities for camping, hiking and swimming. The park, rich in natural and human history, is also the site of historic wine cellars that are thought of be the oldest in New York State and the Croton Point Nature Center.

    Edith G.Read Wildlife Sanctuary
    Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580. Phone: (914) 967-8720.

    Great Blue HeronLocated on the shore of the Long Island Sound, along a migratory flyway, this 179-acre 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 due to its significant habitats and flyway.

    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. Restrooms, maps and information are available at the nature center. The building also houses a small number of exhibits on the ecology of the area. Checklists of seasonally distinct bird species are available.

    Greenburgh Nature Center
    99 Dromore Rd. (off Central Park Ave.,), Scarsdale, NY 10583.

    The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is a 33-acre nature preserve with trails, a pond and gardens. More than 70,000 visitors come to the GNC each year. 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, which is used as a nesting area for Eastern box turtles.

    Lenoir Preserve
    Dudley St., Yonkers, NY. Phone: (914) 968-5851.

    Lenoir Preserve is a 40-acre nature preserve comprising of woodlands and field habitats. It is adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct on slopes overlooking the Hudson River, providing spectacular views. Every spring and autumn, bird watchers gather to observe major hawk migrations. Nature enthusiasts can learn about raptor identification markings, such as flight patterns and silhouettes, and can take part in official tracking counts of raptors. In summer, the butterfly garden is at its height, visited by a wide variety of butterflies. Nearby, a dragonfly pond provides the necessary habitat for numerous aquatic insects and attracts birds and other wildlife. The Nature Center houses many different nature exhibits.

    Marshlands Conservancy
    Route 1, Rye, NY 10580. Phone: (914) 835-4466

    Marshlands Conservancy is a 147-acre wildlife sanctuary composed of diverse habitats. Forest, meadow, salt marsh and shore can be explored and appreciated here. There are 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 birdwatching location. More than 230 species have been sighted. The Marshlands salt marsh is one of few in New York accessible to the public for study and enjoyment. Nature Center exhibits: The building displays a small number of changing exhibits and saltwater aquaria containing representative species of marine life.

    Rye Nature Center
    873 Boston Post Rd., Rye 10580. Phone: 914-967-5150.

    City-owned facility of 47 acres of wildlife preserve with ponds, streams and hiking trails that provide a full range of environmental education programs and activities. Open year-round, Monday – Friday, 9-5pm; Saturday, 10-4pm.

    Teatown Lake Reservation
    1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining, NY 10562. (914) 762-2912.

    Teatown Lake Reservation’s 875-acre nature preserve spans into three towns (Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle) located in the northwest section of Westchester County, New York.  The property provides a unique glimpse of the biological diversity and fragile ecosystem of the entire Hudson Hills and Highlands bioregion. Visitors are awed by the beauty of the preserve, which includes streams, hardwood swamps, mixed forests, meadows, hemlock forests, laurel groves and a scenic gorge.

    FIFTEEN MILES OF HIKING TRAILS: There are nearly 15 miles of hiking trails marked throughout Teatown’s preserve for visitors to traverse and enjoy.  The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. NATURE CENTER : Teatown’s Nature Center houses nature education exhibits and a live animal collection of a variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds of prey, and mammals.  There is free admission to both our indoor and outdoor exhibits. The Nature Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. DIVERSE HABITATS: Teatown Lake Reservation’s abundant fields, mixed forests, lakes, streams, swamps and farmland provide a unique glimpse of the biological diversity of the region. Some featured destinations include Teatown Lake, Shadow Lake, Hidden Valley, Griffin Swamp and Cliffdale Meadows.

    Trailside Museum – Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
    Routes 35 and 121, Cross River, NY 10518. Phone: (914) 864-7322.

    The Trailside Nature Museum, established in 1937, is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. The museum is home to a large collection of mounted animals, American Indian artifacts, educational exhibits, child-friendly interactive displays, and nature-oriented artwork. During the summer months, butterfly and moth hatcheries are maintained inside the museum for a close look at the miracle of metamorphosis. Be sure to go butterflying at the outside demonstration butterfly garden which attracts parades of butterflies. The brochure Butterflies of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation lists 83 species that have been seen on the grounds. Birds of field and forest abound throughout the year. Birds of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation contains a checklist of the 184 species recorded in the park to date.

    In addition, there is a one-half acre wildflower garden containing more than 80 different kinds of labeled wildflowers. There are several self-guided nature trails – directions and pamphlets are available in the museum.

    Weinburg Nature Center
    455 Mamaroneck Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583. Phone: 914-722-1289

    Nature sanctuary and home to a wide variety of animals and birds, with a meadow, fruit orchard, butterfly and hummingbird garden, Japanese-style Zen meditation garden and outdoor Native American Village. The Trailside Museum offers nature-related exhibits and eductional programs focusing on local environment and wildlife, archaeology and Native American culture. The trails are open dawn to dusk seven days a week. The Trailside Museum is open year round from 9-5pm, Wednesday – Sunday. (Summer from 9-5pm, Monday – Friday).

    Westmoreland Sanctuary
    260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, NY 10549. Phone: 914-666-8448.

    Westmoreland is a 625 acre wildlife sanctuary located in Westchester County. A reconstructed 200 year old building serves as a museum and nature center. There are 8 miles of trails which are open dawn to dusk. Educational programs are offered to schools, scouts and the general public. Programs offered include pond ecology, bird banding, tree identification, mammals, bluebird house construction and general nature hike. We also offer a variety of weekend programs for the general public.

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