Places We Protect

The Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve

New York

Two monarch butterflies perched on yellow plants.
Eugene & Agnes Meyer Preserve Butterflies at our Eugene & Agnes Meyer Preserve in New York. © Marcela Medina/TNC

Explore rugged outcrops and wildflower meadows.



PLEASE NOTE: The Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve is open during hunting season (Oct 1 - Dec 22) to bow hunters only. Written permission is required to hunt on Conservancy lands. To learn about our hunting program or to obtain permission to hunt, please visit our New York hunting information page.

This diverse preserve combines two distinct parcels containing a variety of geologic forms and an exceptional concentration of vernal pools. In the rugged east parcel, deciduous forest, hemlock stands and mountain laurel thickets crown rocky outcrops, and steep cliffs rim Byram Lake Reservoir. In the western parcel, native grasses and wildflowers blanket several meadows that provide excellent habitat for mammals, birds and insects. A number of reptile and amphibian species thrive in the streams and red maple swamps throughout both parcels.

Before you visit, download a trail map of Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve.

Why We Selected This Site

This preserve was donated to The Nature Conservancy in 1973 by the Meyer Foundation. The Nature Conservancy acquired 16 additional acres of swamp in 1978.

What We Do Here

Meyer Preserve is a favorite venue for field trips among educators and researchers. Local school groups monitor and maintain a number of bluebird boxes in the meadows. Botanical clubs document and monitor occurrences of rare plants, and geology classes often visit the preserve to examine its exceptional display of glacial influence.




247 acres

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There are more than 6.5 miles of color-coded trails that range from steep and narrow to wide abandoned roads. Please visit the kiosk at either preserve entrance to plan your route.

Wildflowers such as rattlesnake plantain, Dutchman's breeches, purple trillium, toothwort, false Solomon's seal and bloodroot. Pockets of very old and large beech trees and hemlocks, red maple swamps and oak-hickory forests.

Birds such as wood thrushes, red-bellied woodpeckers, bluebirds, veeries, worm-eating warblers, magnolia warblers, yellow-throated vireos, Northern Orioles, blue-winged warblers, black-and-white warblers, Louisiana waterthrushes and bay-breasted warblers.

This 247-acre preserve is located in North Castle and New Castle, Westchester County, New York.

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The Nature Conservancy owns nearly 1,500 preserves covering more than 2.5 million acres across all 50 states. These lands protect wildlife and natural systems, serve as living laboratories for innovative science and connect people to the natural world.

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