About

With 4,315-acres, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is Westchester County's largest park. Its varied terrain and landscapes and miles of wooded trails provide a variety of activities in all seasons. There are areas for picnicking, lean-to camping, fishing, cross-country skiing, and sledding. The Trailside Nature Museum, founded in 1937, is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States.

The Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation was organized in 1974 as a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better appreciation and understanding of the natural world and the relationship between people and the land. It is always seeking new members who care about the environment and the museum's place in preserving the county's natural history.

Our Mission

The Friends of the Trailside Nature Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better appreciation and understanding of the natural world and the relationship between people and the land.

Through its support of the Trailside Nature Museum, operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation of the County of Westchester, the Friends provide financial and volunteer aid for exhibits, school, and education programs.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 1st, 1 PM A CLOSER LOOK: Join our naturalist in the warmth of the nature center as we take a closer look at a variety of things through our digital microscope.td>
Saturday, January 14th, 1 PM HIKE & LEARN: Join us for a naturalist led hike through the woods as we learn a fun way to ID trees by just looking at their bark.
Saturday, January 21st, 1 PM SAND IN JANUARY!: Warm up inside and dig into the sand! We will show you how our new Augmented Reality Sandbox exhibit works. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, January 28th, 1 PM SNOWFLAKES!: Come to Trailside and explore the delicate structures of snowflakes and their formation.
Saturday, February 4th, 1 PM NATURALIST'S CHOICE HIKE: Seasonal climate and weather will help play a role in deciding where this hike will take us.
Saturdays, February 18th and 25th FAMILY TAPPING EXPERIENCE: NEW this year!! Bring your family to learn the in's and out's of maple sugaring. This is a one on one event and times must be reserved in advance. $25/family includes tapping experience and a bottle of yummy maple syrup once the season has ended. Please call the museum at (914_ 864-7322 to reserve a time. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Trailside.
Saturday, March 4th, 1 PM AMERICAN INDIAN SUGARIN':Northeast North American's history comes alive during a demonstration of the origins of this amazing product.
Saturday, March 11, 12 PM - 3 PM SUGARING OFF PARTY! FRIENDRAISER: Enjoy winter's sweet rewards at this annual celebration that offers food, music and sugaring demonstrations all day. Free. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Trailside Nature Museum.

News

Please click here to view a recent video on the Leatherman in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and the Leatherman's Loop race held each April.

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