Butterflies at our Meyer Preserve
Eugene & Agnes Meyer Preserve Butterflies at our Meyer Preserve © Marcela Medina/The Nature Conservancy

Places We Protect

The Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve

New York

Explore rugged outcrops and wildflower meadows.

Note: The bridge at the entrance on Oregon Road is currently being repaired and slippery when wet. Proceed at your own risk.

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.

Why We Selected This Site

This preserve was donated to The Nature Conservancy in 1973 by the Meyer Foundation. The Nature Conservancy acquired sixteen 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.

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.