Discover nature in New York’s millions of acres of wilderness, or come to a New York nature center and see so much more in one spot.
Buffalo’s Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264-acre refuge with five miles of nature trails, three boardwalks and great bird watching. Explore marshland, lake, ponds and nature trails at this world-famous New York nature preserve.
Rogers Center offers woodland and wetland habitats for the hiker, bird watcher, snowshoer or cross-country skier with vast views of the Chenango Valley. Just north of Syracuse, Beaver Lake Nature Center has nine miles of trails, 200 species of birds and 800 varieties of plants. Jamestown’s Audubon Sanctuary is a 600-acre wetland preserve with gardens and nature trails, interactive displays and live animal exhibits including a bald eagle named Liberty.
In Wappingers Falls, Stony Kill Farm’s trails and gardens surround an 1842 manor house and barn, complete with livestock. At Baltimore Woods, six miles of hiking trails are open every day from dawn to dusk, and snowshoes are welcome in winter.
Lift your spirits and walk amid hundreds of free-flying butterflies and tropical birds at the Joseph L Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory in Oneonta. The Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center at Thompson’s Lake State Park features a honeybee observation hive, bird viewing and fossils.
Wellesley Island’s enormous Minna Anthony Common Nature Center offers bald eagle watching on Eel Bay, farm animal and guided hikes through this 600-acre peninsula in the St. Lawrence River.
Long Island teems with wildlife. An animal rescue habitat, Quogue Wildlife Refuge is open year-round with seven miles of trails, and Hoyt Farm Park Preserve puts you face to face with endless bird species. With 54 acres of trails, Sweetbriar Nature Center, by Smithtown’s Nissequogue River, is a sweet retreat with wildlife and gardens, a butterfly house and nature summer camps for children. Shelter Island’s, Mashomack Preserve is as remote as Long Island gets, with 11 miles of easy hiking trails through woodlands, marshes and creeks where you can spy osprey, foxes, harbor seals and terrapins.