Thursday, May 21, 2015

This Is A 'Children's Hike', But Adults You'll Also Like!

Children's Hike

Saturday, May 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Follow our Director of Conservation through the trails of the wildlife preserve as we explore the forest ecosystem and search for signs of animal life and the return of the spring season. Families should be prepared for spring trail conditions, including a little mud. 

Cole's Kettle Trail Photo Credit: Michel Miller, Executive Director

$5 per person for non-members and free for members

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Even Turtles Encounter Hurdles!!

Turtle Monitoring

Saturday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

During the spring and summer, Westmoreland conducts turtle monitoring as part of our conservation efforts allowing us to access the health and wellbeing of our turtle population. Everyone has seen turtles crossing the road during the spring and early summer, or perhaps you have had a nesting turtle in your yard. This programs will give participants a glance at the lives of our local turtles, turtle identification, creating a backyard habitat suitable for turtles, and learning what to do should you come across a turtle crossing the road. 

Steve Putting In Turtle Net Photo Credit: Lisa Ricker

$5 per person for non-members and free for members

These Cameras are the Name of The "Game"!


Cameras for Conservation

The use of game cameras as a tool in conservation has gained quickly in the last few years.  No longer must biologists try to trap animals in order to study them.  Westmoreland is 640 acres of pristine forest, wetlands, and fields.  Game cameras will allow staff, students, and interns to track the wildlife that uses Westmoreland as a home and as a greenway on their travels.

Join us in our campaign to get game cameras for
Westmoreland Sanctuary!

A Curious Whitetail Deer Photo Credit:Game Camera


Friday, May 8, 2015


Come be a part of Into the Woods, Jr. in the woods!

Directed by Denise Simon

No prior experience necessary - just a love of theatre, nature and storytelling.  Also looking for musicians, stage manager, artists and other crew.

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
     *Please email the DIrector, Denise Simon to schedule appointment

For Registration and audition information go to:

Multigenerational production, all welcome age 8 and up!

Rehearsals: June 29th to July 26th

For more information and/or have any questions contact:

Denise Simon -
Michele Miller -

Friday, May 1, 2015


What a lovely surprise we had this Friday at the sanctuary.  Steve Ricker, Director of Conservation, caught this male Eastern Towhee for his morning Bird Banding class! 

Male Eastern Towhee Photo Credit: Steve Ricker

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Does Your Child Have a Birthday Coming Up?

Come Party With the Animals!

Westmoreland Sanctuary offers a unique birthday party for the child who loves nature, animals or maybe just feels a little ‘wild’! All parties take place in our antique Nature Center and Museum and/or our beautiful 640 acre preserve in Bedford, NY and are led by one of our experienced naturalists. We offer both an educational and fun experience for children turning 5 and older and their families at competitive prices.

Birthday parties are held Monday thru Saturday. A 2-hour party includes a one hour program by one of our professional naturalists and another hour for food and cake and to provide time for your guests to enjoy our exhibits and property. 

Additional programs can be added to your time for an additional fee. Programs available include: 
- Animal Time
- For the Birds
- Take a Hike!
- What’s in our Pond?
- Who’s been Walking in our Woods
- Native American Workshop, and many others (visit for complete list).

To reserve your party date please call Westmoreland’s Education Director at 914-666-8448 ext. 2. All parties require a $25.00 non-refundable deposit received within a week after your reservation to secure your date!

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Today we are throwing it back to this earlier this morning when our Director of Conservation, Steve Ricker caught a beautiful American Goldfinch for his Bird Banding program.

Fun Facts:
       - The American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington
       - The Goldfinch feeds its young seeds instead of the more popular food amongst birds, insects

Female American Goldfinch Photo Credit: Blythe Crasto