Preserves

Nassau County manages 3,300 acres of preserves - areas that serve to enhance the environment and provide opportunities for the public to enjoy open spaces and reflect upon the natural wonders of Long Island. The preserves offer examples of most of the ecosystems that can be found on Long Island, including Prairie-Hempstead Plains, which is an endangered habitat, and Upland Forest. 

The upland forest areas are of three varieties:
  • Those reminiscent of the type of forests found in the cold, river valleys of Connecticut
  • Those similar to the lower Hudson River Valley
  • Those known as “Oak Barrens / heath understory” (pine barrens, freshwater marsh, salt marsh, swamp forest of red maple and Atlantic white cedar, and beach) 

Mission
The mission of the county is to protect the environment of the preserves; to study the ecology of the preserves; to perform maintenance and restoration of natural systems, as required; and to provide educational and recreational activities for the public. 


Location Information

County Region
Preserve Name Preserve Location
North Shore
Bailey Arboretum Bayville Road and Feeks Lane
Lattington, NY
Phone:516-571-8020
On Site Staff:Yes
South Shore
Brookside Preserve
Brookside Avenue
Freeport, NY
Phone:N/A
On Site Staff:N/A
North Shore
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Barry Drive
Glen Cove, NY
Phone:516-571-8010
On Site Staff:Yes
North Shore
Leeds Pond Preserve
1526 N. Plandome Road
Plandome Manor, NY
Phone:516-627-9400
On Site Staff:N/A
South Shore Meroke Preserve
Orange and Farmer streets
Bellmore, NY
Phone:N/A
On Site Staff:N/A
North Shore
Mill Neck Preserve

Bayville Park Boulevard and Perry Avenue
Bayville, NY
Phone:516-571-8500
On Site Staff:N/A
South Shore
Mill Pond Park Merrick Road
Wantagh, NY
Phone:N/A
On Site Staff:N/A
North Shore
Muttontown Preserve

Muttontown Lane
East Norwich, NY
Phone:516-571-8500
On Site Staff:Yes
South Shore
Peter J. Schmitt Massapequa Preserve
Merrick Road and Ocean Avenue
Massapequa, NY
Phone:516-571-7443
On Site Staff:N/A
North Shore Sands Point Preserve
127 Middleneck Road
Sands Point, NY
Phone:516-571-7900
On Site Staff:Yes
North Shore Stillwell Woods Preserve

South Woods Road
Syosset, NY
Phone:N/A
On Site Staff:N/A
South Shore
Tackapausha Preserve

Washington Avenue
Seaford, NY
Phone:516-571-7443
On Site Staff:Yes
South Shore
Tanglewood Park and Preserve

Tanglewood Road
Lakeview, NY
Phone:516-764-0045 (Center for Science Teaching and Learning)
On Site Staff:No
North Shore Tiffany Creek Preserve
Sandy Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY
Phone:N/A
On Site Staff:N/A
North Shore Welwyn Preserve

Crescent Beach and New Woods roads
Glen Cove, NY
Phone:N/A
On Site Staff:N/A
North Shore
William Cullen Bryant Preserve 
1 Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY
Phone:N/A
On Site Staff:N/A