There is no better way to understand why we should protect the environment than to enjoy it daily and see it in its full glory season after season. Teatown Lake Reservation offers residents of Westchester County in New York 1000 acres consisting of a magnificent nature reserve with lakes, animals, rare native plants, and 15 miles of trails to enjoy and explore. The reservation was established on the 194-acre gift from the family of Gerard Swope. It grew to 1000 acres and today includes 41-acre Teatown Lake, 9-acre Vernay Lake, and 7-acre Shadow Lake along with waterfalls, streams, hardwood swamps, meadows, mixed forests, hemlock forests, and many laurel groves.
The reservation includes an Education Center that runs numerous programs and outreach activities with the local communities and schools. The Nature Center has live animal exhibits, a Nature Store, and an art exhibit space. The two-acre Wildflower Island holds an outdoor exhibit with 230 species of wildflowers, an outdoor classroom, a maple sugar house, the Wildflower Woods, a butterfly and bee garden, a sensory garden for the kids, and a raptor loop with owls, hawks, kestrels, and an eagle.
1600 Spring Valley Rd #1, Ossining, NY 10562, 914-762-2912 (website)
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