Westchester County

Read Wildlife Sanctuary

Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary

Great Blue HeronLocated on the shore of the Long Island Sound, along a migratory flyway, this 179-acre sanctuary is home to a great diversity of marine life.

In winter months, the 85-acre lake, a mixture of salt and fresh water, hosts over 5,000 ducks. The sanctuary has been recognized by the national Audubon Society of New York as an Important Bird Area due to its significant habitats and flyway.

There are three miles of trails through forest and field. Along the half-mile of publicly accessible shore, the intertidal habitat harbors a wide diversity of plants and animals.

Restrooms, maps and information are available at the nature center. The building also houses a small number of exhibits on the ecology of the area. Checklists of seasonally distinct bird species are available.

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Wheelchair accessibleParkingRest roomsDrinking waterDogs are not permitted at any time.Stay on trailsSwimming prohibited signNo campfiresNature studyBird sanctuaryPlease recycle

  • County park pass is not required for admission. Access to Read Sanctuary and kayak launch is possible by becoming a member of the Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary Inc., a non-profit group associated with the nature preserve. Members are issued a bar-coded membership card that allows access via the Playland parking lot. This access is for the sanctuary and launch only. Applications are available in the Playland Administration building, at the sanctuary or online at the Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary membership page.
  • Directions: Playland Parkway, Rye
  • Nature center hours: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday for the Fall and Spring. Trails are open every day dawn to dusk.
  • Phone: (914) 967-8720
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  • Parking: A parking fee is in effect May through October.