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Trailside Museums and Zoo renews visitors' connections with nature, particularly native New York State wildlife. The memorable encounters people have with our injured and unreleaseable wildlife remind them that human actions have effects on the natural world. We hope to provide meaningful learning experiences, within the context of nature, so that visitors will become better citizens and stewards of the environment.
Trailside Museums and Zoo is located at Bear Mountain State Park, approximately 45 miles north of New York City. Established in 1927, it is home to injured and unreleasable New York State wildlife, such as black bears, coyotes, a bald eagle, a river otter, and dozens more. Along the Appalachian Trail, which runs through the zoo, there are four small museums with exhibits on local geology, local history, nature study and reptiles and amphibians.
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features large playing fields, shaded picnic groves, a dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. Bear Mountain State Park draws over one million visitors annually.
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