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Algonquin District

Serving: Edgemont, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Pelham, Port Chester, Purchase, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Silver Lake

Bronx River/Sound Shore Audubon Society (formerly Scarsdale Audubon Society)
P.O. Box 1108
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Contact: Doug Bloom

Glen Island Park
Pelham Road
New Rochelle
(914) 813-6720/1 (winter); (914) 813-6738/9 (summer)
105 acres on Long Island Sound for mixed use. Beaches, boat launching and picnic areas.

Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Road (off Central Avenue)
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 723-3470
Fax: (914) 725-6599
William Lawyer, Executive Director
33 acres of woodlands, fields, orchards, grape arbor, pond and cultivated gardens (butterfly, herb, rock, and bird). Live animal museum, greenhouse, natural history exhibits, resource center and gift shop. Programs for schools, groups and the general public the year around. The Center also presents hands-on "outreach" programs for groups of all ages throughout Westchester and the New York metropolitan area.

Marshlands Conservancy
Route 1, Rye
(914) 835-4466
170-acre preserve distinguished by a diversity of habitats, most notable being an extensive salt marsh and the largest meadow in southern Westchester. Its woods, fresh water ponds, streams and Long Island Sound shoreline provide undisturbed habitat for many animals and plants. Naturalist-conducted programs. Includes the 23-acre Jay property.

Playland Park
Playland Parkway
(914) 813-7010
313 acres on Long Island Sound with seaside walk and boardwalk. Designated a National Historic Landmark because it is one of the oldest amusement parks of its type in the country. Swimming beach and pool , picnicking, fishing, kayak rental, boating lake, and indoor ice skating.

Edith G. Read Natural Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Playland Parkway
(914) 967-8720
174-acre wildlife preserve includes one-quarter mile stretch of Long Island Sound shoreline, a saltwater lake known as an excellent site for bird observation and some woodlands and scattered fields. Naturalist-conducted programs.

Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road
P.O. Box 435
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 967-5150
Fax: (914) 967-5451
A 47-acre natural area with 2 1/2 miles of trails and an interpretive building and gift shop.  The Center conducts a variety of educational programs.  Trails are open daily.  Interpretive Center closed Sundays and holidays.

Sheldrake Environmental Center
685 Weaver Street
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 834-1443
Fax: (914) 834-1447
Suzanne C. Frank, Executive Director
60-acre conservancy with trails.   Two lakes, one a former Larchmont reservoir, one a former ice pond.  Flood control facility.  Environemtal center.  Programs.

Silver Lake Preserve
Lake Street
East White Plains 
(914) 864-7000
236 acres of land overlooking lake. Rich in geological formations and local history. Site of the first free black community in Westchester. Hiking trails, fishing and nature study.

Twin Lakes/Nature Study Woods Park
California Road
Eastchester/New Rochelle
(914) 864-7000
220 acres for hiking, nature study, horse stables, equestrian trails and fishing.

Weinberg Nature Center
455 Mamaroneck Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 722-1289
Fax: (914) 723-4784
Walter D. Terrell, Jr., Executive Director
Former estate including meadow, young forest, swamp, stream, beehive, fern garden.   Access point for eight miles of AMC trails (Varvayanis Greenway).  Grounds open dawn to dusk.  Interpretive center open 9-5 varying days depending on season; call for information.  Educational programs for schools, scouts and public.

Westchester County Parks: For more information about these and other county facilities, visit Web site at http://www.co.westchester.ny.us/parks/Parks.htm (includes maps you can print out) or call (914) 864-7000 to request brochures and bike trail maps.


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