Trailsides Museum and Wildlife Center

Founded in 1927, the Trailside Museums and Zoo provides environmental education opportunities to children and adults in an idyllic setting just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Within its 32-acre boundary, one can hike the Appalachian Trail, walk the first nature trail, and visit four unique museums. Trailside also houses live collections that represent many local species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. For more information on Trailside, please visit their web site:

HEnRI regularly works with two of Trailside's volunteer programs: the Palisades Interstate Park League of Naturalists and the Native American Site Steward Program.

League of Naturalists:

The Palisades Interstate Park League of Naturalists works throughout the Palisades Interstate Park System to conduct scientific research and surveys.Their work over the past twenty years has been compiled into a database housed at HEnRI. This data, mainly wildlife sighting location information, is a vital part of the work of HEnRI and its partners. Recently, the database was utilized to direct surveys for rare turtle species in Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. This database has also been used to locate potential survey areas for Golden-winged warbler and will continue to assist HEnRI's efforts in the future.

Native American Site Steward Program:

Naative American sites across the NY Highlands are in trouble. Illegal digging by pothunters and artifact collectors leads to the destruction of many sites - often before they can be studied by scientists. Because of this very real threat to the cultural history of the region, the Native American Site Steward Program (NASSP) was founded at Trailside Museums and Zoo in 1999. Since then, dozens of volunteer site monitors have regularly visited the hundreds of sites in the western NY Highlands to look for signs of illegal digging and to help preserve these important cultural resources.

HEnRI has worked with and supervised program managers of the NASSP since its founding in 2006. The Assistant Director also regularly consult with the NASSP volunteer leader on matters including informational database design, locating missing or new sites, and takes part in occasional field surveys. HEnRI's GIS Director also assists the NASSP by providng maps and helping to collect, organize, and disseminate important information.


Photo: Tom Cunningham