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Westmoreland Sanctuary

Address: 
260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco , NY , 10549
Phone: 914-666-8448
41° 10' 51.6324" N, 73° 40' 45.2388" W
Contact name: 
Stephen Ricker
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Westmoreland Sanctuary was established in 1957 as a not-for-profit organization. Surrounded by wooded countryside and suburban areas, Westmoreland's 640 acres offer a variety of activities to its more than 30,000 annual visitors.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION 

A central facet of Westmoreland Sanctuary is the great variety of educational programs offered to students of all ages. During the school year, Westmoreland staff conducts programs for children from schools all over Westchester (NY), Putnam (NY), and Fairfield (CT) county. These programs are typically offered at our facility and include numerous environmental and cultural subjects like bird banding (with live native birds), insects and spiders, pond ecology, forestry and tree identification, bluebird house construction, candle making, and maple sugaring. 

Additional program options are offered in conjunction with the Boy Scout and Girl Scout handbooks. Local summer camps make use of our programming and facilities. And the Sanctuary staff conduct environmental outreach programs in a number of local school districts. 

Our educational programming is not limited to only school-aged children! Each weekend throughout the year, the staff conducts educational programming, leads guided hikes, and organizes special events for the general public. The vast majority of these programs are free thanks in large part to Friends of Westmoreland (membership) contributions. 

CONSERVATION 

The Westmoreland Sanctuary property is a complex array of ecosystem and habitat types, which support an abundance of wildlife species. A great deal of time and effort is put forth to monitor and properly manage a number of local wildlife populations. The conservation programs currently conducted on the Sanctuary include: 

- Bird Banding 
- Eastern Bluebird Nest Box Management 
- Wood Duck Nest Box Management 
- Aquatic and Terrestrial Turtle Monitoring 
- Amphibian Breeding Surveys 
- Christmas Bird Counts 
- Summer Bird Counts 
- Project Feeder Watch 
- Invasive Plant Species Control and Removal 

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RECREATION 

The Sanctuary's nature museum and wildlife preserve is open for visitation daily. 

The nature museum hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on major holidays (Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc) and may be closed when the staff must be out on the preserve. The preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Open hours: 
Sunday: 10:30 am-5:00 pm
Monday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Academic, Nature/Outdoors, Environmental Education

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

(914) 666-8448

Weekly Free Guided Hike

Dates: 
02/19/2023
02/26/2023
03/05/2023
Time: 
2 pm – 4 pm

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

(914) 666-8448

February Break Camp

Dates: 
02/21/2023
02/22/2023
02/23/2023
Time: 
Half-Day 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Full-Day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

9146668448

Sugarfest & Adopt-a-Maple at Westmoreland Sanctuary

Dates: 
03/11/2023
Time: 
10 am - 2 pm

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

9146668448

2023 Spring Conservation Camp - Westmoreland Sanctuary

Dates: 
04/03/2023
04/04/2023
04/05/2023
Time: 
9 am

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

(914) 666-8448

Amphibian Night-Hike - Westmoreland Sanctuary

Dates: 
04/07/2023
Time: 
8 – 10 PM

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

(914) 666-8448

Nature Explorers Camp: Session I

Dates: 
07/11/2023
07/12/2023
07/13/2023
Time: 
9 AM - 3 PM

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

(914) 666-8448

Survive the Wild Camp: Session I

Dates: 
07/25/2023
07/26/2023
07/27/2023
Time: 
9 AM - 3 PM

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

(914) 666-8448

Nature Explorers Camp: Session II

Dates: 
08/08/2023
08/09/2023
08/10/2023
Time: 
9 AM - 3 PM

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

9146668448

Survive the Wild Camp: Session II

Dates: 
08/14/2023
08/15/2023
08/16/2023
Time: 
9 AM - 3 PM

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

(914) 666-8448

Summer Conservation Camp

Dates: 
08/21/2023
08/22/2023
08/23/2023
Time: 
9 AM - 3 PM

Location:

260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
United States

Phone:

9146668448

Survive the Wild Camp: Session III

Dates: 
08/28/2023
08/29/2023
08/30/2023
Time: 
9 AM - 3 PM

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Westmoreland Sanctuary will be offering after school programs and camp options. 

To supplement your kid’s learning, discovery, and social interaction in these virtual and hybrid learning times, think about sending them here for a nature and science-based experience. Our camps/programs are led by Naturalists with years of experience and use curriculum that adheres to New York Next Generation Science Standards. We use our 640 acre preserve to the fullest and provide kids a safe and fun atmosphere to explore and learn. We have programs for kids and families too!

Academic - General
Nature
Preschool
Preschoolers
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults