New York State

Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Agroforestry Resource Center

Groups can tour the art gallery in the conference room of the resource center where they will find nature and landscape art . Educational programs cover stream ecology, natural resources, stewardship, and agriculture. 6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405. Tel: 518-622-9820. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Cranberry Lake Preserve

1609 Old Orchard St., West Harrison, NY 10604. 914-428-1005. 190-acre park is home to a variety of plants, animals, and habitats. Free.

Croton Point Park

1A Croton Point Ave., Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520. 914-862-5290. A 508-acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River. Fee.

Cutler Botanic Garden

Guided tours are offered by the Master Gardener Volunteers of this display garden owned by Cornell Cooperative Extension. 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905. Tel: 607-772-8954. Cost: Free.

Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

Plan a program for your group on nature-related topics, including tracking, animal adaptations, fossil exploration, and more. 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville, NY 12186. Tel: 518-872-0800. Cost: Free.

Forsyth Nature Center

157 Lucas Ave., Kingston, New York 12401. 845-339-3053. Offers animal exhibits, gardens, and environmental education programs. Fee/Free.

Greenburgh Nature Center

33 acres of woods, streams and wildlife in Scarsdale NY, with live animals, a museum, a greenhouse with botanical exhibits, a hands-on discovery room, guided tours, and a Nature Store. 99 Dromore Road., Scarsdale, NY 10583. Tel: 914-723-3470. Cost: Fee.

Highland Botanical Park

This 150-acre park is home to the Lamberton Conservatory, an extensive collection of native and non-native plants, and a number of memorials and gardens. 180 Reservoir Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. Tel: 585-753-7270. Cost: Free.

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Take a naturalist-led nature walk on the trails and visit Cayuga Overlook. 1101 Casey Rd, Basom, NY 14013. Tel: 607-273-6260. Cost:

Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers

A 40-acre nature preserve comprised of woodlands and field habitats adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct on slopes overlooking the Hudson River, providing spectacular views. Featuring educational nature study programs, hiking/walking, gardening, birding, cross-country skiing. Fee.
Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley Street, Yonkers, NY (914-968-5851)

Lime Hollow Nature Center

Visit the nature center for maple sugaring demonstrations, fishing, and more. 338 McLean Road, Cortland NY 13045. Tel: 607-662-4632. Cost: Fee.

Nannen Arboretum

Named for local businessman, conservationist and political leader, William O. Nannen, groups can explore the arboretum's many gardens, memorials, and sanctuaries. 28 Parkside Dr, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Tel: 716-699-2100. Cost: Free.

Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center

Take your group on a 25 miles hike on the trails in the Adirondack Mountains. 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, New York 12970Tel: 518-327-6241. Cost: Fee.