Yorktown, a beautiful community surrounded by rolling hills, farmland, residential areas, and a small amount of industry, including the Jefferson Valley Mall, is 38 miles north of New York City. Teatown Lake Reservation, the largest nature preserve in Westchester County, spans three towns in northeast Westchester County; Cortlandt, New Castle, and Yorktown.
Teatown offers an education program, nature center, hiking trails, and Wildflower Island, a two-acre island sanctuary that is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.
The nature center, located in Yorktown, is a source of wildlife knowledge and home to a variety of amphibians, birds of prey, mammals, and reptiles.
Fifteen miles of trails are used annually for nature study and other outdoor enjoyment such as jogging, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and a summer nature camp.
Over 10,000 hikers annually travel across Teatown’s 15 miles of scenic trails that cross abundant fields, mixed forests, lakes, streams, swamps, and farm land.
Teatown holds nature programs for adults and children that include animal care, birding, insects, trees, pond/stream study, maple sugaring, cidering, and geology. Activities such as hikes, star gazing, canoeing, and snowshoeing are also offered.
This extensive environmental organization with an 875-acre nature preserve and an education center, offers adult, family and children’s programs to over 18,000 participants annually, including 9,000 school children and 700 summer campers.
Teatown celebrates three events each year: the Hudson Hills and Highlands Fall Festival; the Nature-friendly Plant Sale and Workshops; and the Hudson River Eagle Fest.