Rockland Lake Nature Center

 Rockland Lake Nature Center 

From May through October, the Nature Center is open most Friday mornings while the volunteers are at work.

Be sure to stop by the Nature Center during your next visit to Rockland Lake.

The Nature Center at Rockland Lake State Park, an extension of Trailside, was created as a means to preserve a unique combination of natural habitats, as well as educate visitors about local ecology.  Since the Nature Center’s opening in 1965, the landscape has been in transition from open to grassy to forested wetlands.

Butterfly Garden Summer 2012
photo: Ursula Woolley

Since the fall of 2008, work has been underway to revitalize the Nature Center and surrounding trails.   The lead volunteers are NYS Parks Volunteers who bring tireless energy, commitment and hard work to the long, gradual process of renewal and restoration.  The work began with a short-term collaboration between Trailside Museums and Zoo and Rockland Lake State Park with the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland.  The initial project  invovled the establishment ofa butterfly garden using native plants.  The gardens have subsequently been enlarged and thrive under the care and expertise of Nature Center Volunteers.  
Subsequent projects have included the removal of the aged asphalt entranceway and installation of a paver patio along with interior gardens, informational kiosk and trail improvements. A host of other volunteers and organizations have been key contributors to these andother projects, including the AmeriCorps of

the Rockland County Youth Bureau, local Girl Scouts working on their Gold Awards, and a Boy Scout for his Eagle Scout project and a wealth of other volunteers.

Asphalt removal – June 2010

These improvements are being funded by a generous donation from the Rockland County Conservation Association to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission along with donations from the Nature Center Volunteers, Girls Scouts, Eagle Scout and the Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain.

Janet Cooper-Wetherly, NC Garden Volunteer
photo: Ursula Woolley

 

 

To volunteer, contribute or for information: contact Elaine Brown at Elaine.Brown@parks.ny.gov 845-786-2701 x 265.