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Forever Wild

Nature Preserves

Explore a very different part of New York City in these preserved natural spaces, which contain the salt marshes, forests, and meadows native to the city. These nature preserves contain excellent opportunities to hike, explore, and spot regional birds and wildlife.

Bronx Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

North Brother/South Brother Harbor Herons Preserve – Harbor Herons Preserve


Habitat: Forest

Pelham Bay Park – Hunter Island Marine Sanctuary


Habitat: Forest, Salt Marsh

Pelham Bay Park – Thomas Pell Wildlife Refuge


Habitat: Salt Marsh, Forest

Pelham Bay Park – Pelham Bay Park Preserves


Habitat: Forest, Grassland, Freshwater Wetland, Salt Marsh

Riverdale Park – Raoul Wallenberg Forest Preserve


Habitat: Forest

Seton Falls Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Van Cortlandt Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland, Meadow

Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh

Fresh Creek Park Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh

Marine Park Preserve


Habitat: Grassland, Salt Marsh

Paerdegat Basin Park Preserve


Habitat: Grassland, Salt Marsh

Prospect Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest

Alley Pond Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Salt Marsh, Freshwater Wetland

Cunningham Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary


Habitat: Grassland, Salt Marsh

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park – Willow Lake Preserve


Habitat: Freshwater Wetland

Forest Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest

Highland Park Preserve – Ridgewood Resevoir


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland, Meadow

Idlewild Park Preserve


Habitat: Grassland, Salt Marsh, Freshwater Wetland

Rockaway Beach – Arverne Shorebird Preserve


Habitat: Sand Dunes

Spring Creek Park Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh

Udalls Cove Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Salt Marsh, Freshwater Wetland

Arden Heights Woods Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Bloomingdale Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Blue Heron Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Grassland, Shrubland, Freshwater Wetland

Clove Lake Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Meadow, Salt Marsh, Freshwater Wetland

Conference House Park Preserves


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Deer Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest

Eibs Pond Park Preserve


Habitat: Grassland, Freshwater Wetland

Evergreen Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest

Fairview Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

High Rock Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Isle of Meadows Preserve


Habitat: Meadow, Salt Marsh

Islington Pond Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Lemon Creek Park Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh, Freshwater Wetland, Forest

Long Pond Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Grassland, Freshwater Wetland

Neck Creek Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh

Ocean Breeze Park Preserve


Habitat: Freshwater wetland, meadows

Pralls Island Harbor Herons Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh

Reeds Basket Willow Swamp Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

Saw Mill Creek Marsh Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh

Shooters Island Harbor Herons Preserve


Habitat: Salt Marsh

Staten Island Greenbelt – William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge


Habitat: Forest, Salt Marsh, Freshwater Wetland

Staten Island Greenbelt Preserve – Staten Island Greenbelt Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Grassland, Freshwater Wetland, Salt Marsh

Sweet Bay Magnolia Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Meadow, Freshwater Wetland

Wolfe's Pond Park Preserve


Habitat: Forest, Freshwater Wetland

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