True to its name, Uplands Farm Sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, retains the appearance of an old dairy farm, complete with a silo and open meadows that were once cattle pastures. Today, the old brick farm buildings serve as an office for The Nature Conservancy's Long Island Chapter.
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The preserve offers visitors the chance to enjoy a variety of natural habitats and native species. Nearly 2.5 miles of marked trail meanders from bird and butterfly meadows, through deciduous forests, and into a white pine-shaded ravine.
The gravelly, acidic soils of Uplands Farm are difficult to fertilize, so raising livestock was preferable to cultivation over the years. In colonial times, the land was most likely used for sheep ranching for wool. In 1920, the Nichols family began raising cattle and ultimately ran a dairy at Uplands Farm until 1962.
Mrs. Jane Nichols, a long-time resident and owner of Uplands Farm, donated three parcels of the preserve to the Conservancy during the late 1970s, including several buildings. Upon her death in 1981, additional parcels were acquired, bringing the total size of the preserve to 97 acres. The sanctuary is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Nichols and her commitment to environmental conservation.