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.


Skunk Cabbage – The True Sign of Spring

Skunk Cabbage – The True Sign of Spring

In the wetland below the cliffs, observed through the remains of the snow and ice, the burgundy-rimmed horns, scattered about, signal the change of season. The curved mottled spathe provides a hood for the rounded spadix peeping from within, which bears indistinct petal-less flowers with both stamens and pistils.

Pollution in the COVID World

Pollution in the COVID World

Many nature centers, preserves, parks and hiking trails, welcomed record numbers of visitors with a skeleton staff. With visitor safety in mind, overcrowding, trail conditions and sanitation were all evaluated and became a priority. Teatown experienced a huge increase in out of area and first time visitors.