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.

Upcoming 2015 Events

Saturday, November 7th, 2 PM: "Hike to Leatherman's Cave"

Saturday, November 21st, 1 PM: The Lenape of Westchester

Saturday, December 5th, 1 PM: Winter Tree ID

Please click here for a more detailed calendar of events.
In The News
A Message from Phil Petronis, President of The Friends:
Dear WPR Trailside Museum Friend:
The proposed County budget will become effective January 1 eliminating all 6 county nature centers and curators. This means WPR will have no curator and therefore no summer camp, no school groups, no scout groups, no birthday parties, no public programs and almost no one left in the Conservation division to monitor and study thousands of acres of habitats within our beautiful county owned park land.
What can you do?
First, contact your Westchester legislator to tell them you want to keep the Ward Pound Ridge curator position in the budget as well as the other curators in the park nature centers. You can find your legislator on the following site: www.westchesterlegislators.com. The site gives you the contact information to call them or email them. PLEASE DO IT!
Second, you can attend one of the upcoming public hearings:
Note: Public Hearings are scheduled for 7pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Numbered speaker cards will be given out at 6:15pm. Only one speaker card per person shall be given out. Speakers shall be limited to three minutes. Anyone may submit a written statement in advance which will be included in the record.

11/19 - Yonkers Public School 30, 30 Nevada Place, Yonkers, NY
11/24 - Horace Greeley High School, 70 Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua, NY
12/09 - BOL Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains, NY
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Thank you for your support!!!
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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