The meadows at Cliffdale provide unique habitat for a variety of organisms such as butterflies, bees, birds, grasses, wildflowers and many more. Meadows are less common now than they were a century ago. Teatown is actively managing the meadows to encourage the growth of certain plants and control invasive species.
The two-acre Wildflower Island is a refuge within the greater Teatown preserve. This unique sanctuary is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers. The Island’s flora is unusually diverse; the surrounding lake provides favorable light and moisture, as well as isolation from the disturbances of people and animals.