Our mission is to inspire our community to lifelong environmental stewardship.

Teatown is a nonprofit nature preserve and environmental education center in the Lower Hudson Valley, with 15 miles of hiking trails, a two-acre island refuge for over 230 species of native wildflowers, year-round programming, wildlife exhibits, and natural science day camps in the summer and school breaks.


acres of land managed and protected.


miles of scenic hiking trails open to the public year-round.


individuals reached by our environmental education programs last year.

Our work

Environmental education is the foundation of our impact. Our goal is to instill a love of the environment, positive attitudes toward conservation and environmental protection and a sense of personal and civic responsibility.
Science and Stewardship

At 1,000 acres, Teatown is the largest privately held nature preserve in Westchester. Our aim is to conserve open space for generations to come through science-based stewardship initiatives that protect habitats, biodiversity, and the ecosystem services we depend upon.


Take a hike, join a program, visit Teatown’s resident Animal Ambassadors, shop at the nature store, or schedule a tour to Wildflower Island.

Experience Teatown

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Teatown’s History

Why are we called Teatown? When was Teatown founded? Find out more about our 50+ year history.

Fact Sheet

Learn more about the specifics of our impact.


Roll Up Your Sleeves, It’s Time to Plant!

Roll Up Your Sleeves, It’s Time to Plant!

Fall is a time for harvesting and tidying up our gardens, but fall is also a time to plant. We typically think of prepping and planting our gardens in the spring, however fall is just as good a time! Planting perennial flowers, trees and shrubs in the fall can bring you great rewards with a little time and effort.

Milkweed and Monarchs

Milkweed and Monarchs

Monarchs appear in Teatown’s fields to lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. The caterpillars remain there, busily munching away until they crawl off to undergo pupation inside a gold-speckled chrysalis. Hence, no milkweed, no monarchs! Life is rough for an organism whose life cycle is so tied to one plant for its survival. As the sole host plant for monarch caterpillars, the relationship between milkweed and monarchs is crucial.