The Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums manages over 60 parks, preserves, museums, and recreational facilities.
These include “Active” parks, which are large, offer diverse activities, are heavily used by the public, and tend to have full-time, on-site staff. “Passive” parks, which are far smaller and limited to local usage, in many cases consisting of a single athletic field or small “green” area.
Museums provide a range of artistic and educational experiences for the public. 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.