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Trailside Museums & Zoo

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


Administration Building Bear Mountain State ParkBear Mountain, NY 10911 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To provide education about New York State Wildlife, using non-releasable New York State Animals as ambassadors for their species.

To further provide education about the history, prehistory and geology of the Lower Hudson Valley.

All in an outdoor learning center that allows people to experience the outdoors as they learn about it.


Trailside Museums and Zoo has been in existance for more than 75 years. It is located on the Appalacian Trail at the west side of the Bear Mountain Bridge approximalty 45 miles from New York City.

The term nature trail was first used to describe this section of the Appalacian Trail as it went though Trailside's Museum buildings which highlighted different environmental features of the area such as Small Animals, Geology, History and Nature Study.

Today there is a small zoo with species native to New York that are injured and non-releasable. This collection includes: Fox, bear, beaver, otter, deer coyote, reptiles, fish and amphibians of the area; bird such as: Bald Eagle, hawks, owls, duck, geese, and others.


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