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+ April 29, Saturday – all residents are invited to celebrate 2017 Arbor Day. See the exciting program here.

2:00 pm Race Track Nature Preserve

  • Unveiling of the Race Track Nature Preserve Founding Stewards bronze plaque
  • Announcement of the 2017 Arbor Day Award winner
  • Theme-based guided tours of the Preserve, each focusing on birds, trees, native plants, invasive species, geology, history

5:00-7:00 pm Cheymore Gallery, Tuxedo Square

  • The Friends of the Race Track Preserve invite you to a drinks reception to unveil a new limited-edition (150) woodblock print, "Native Meadow", created by local artist Mae Shore
  • Proceeds will benefit the Race Track Nature Preserve
  • The exhibition will then run from April 30 until May 13. Gallery hours 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm Saturday

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS when visiting the Race Track Nature Preserve. Read more.

Lawn and other fertilizers containing phosphorus are banned by law in Tuxedo Park. Read more.

Oak tree killing disease found in Brooklyn and Long Island: help prevent it from coming to Tuxedo Park by not pruning your oak trees until winter. Read more.

The Race Track dramatically transformed: invasive woody bushes and grasses were ground up in a growth prohibitive manner as the first step in remaking this 21-acre basin into a community Nature Preserve. Read more.

On April 8, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, the renowned natural area landscape firm chosen in an open bid process to transform the Race Track into a community Nature Preserve, presented their vision, strategy and methodology. More than sixty residents attended the open meeting. Listen to the presentation and Q&A here.

May 10, Wednesday, 6:00- 8:00 pm, NEW YORK CITY, Blumka Gallery, 209 East 72nd Street.

New York City launch of Mae Shore’s limited edition print. Please watch out for the invitation.

+ Click here to learn how you can help conserve and protect our community Nature Preserve

Each resident of Tuxedo Park is responsible for the stewardship of the natural resources of the Race Track Nature Preserve. By doing so, we ensure the Preserve remains a place where we can have the unique experience and pleasure of being surrounded by nature. We need to protect the native wildlife and flora, and conserve the distinctive habitats identified by environmentalist Spider Barbour: different types of meadows; swamp, marsh and seasonal wetland; and forest. We must strive to produce long-term benefits to wildlife and promote native biodiversity, in accordance with sound and generally-accepted soil and water conservation methods.

To take responsibility for this proactive stewardship of our Preserve, visitors are reminded to:

  • stay on the mowed circular path (for your own safety because there is a defunct drainage system covering a large area of the Preserve);

  • carry out what we carry in/remove any litter;

  • keep pets on a leash (for their safety as well) and pick up after them (be considerate to fellow visitors);

  • not smoke (we don’t want to start a forest fire);

  • not play loud music (we don’t want to disturb the nesting birds and animals);

  • not capture, release or feed animals;

  • not take out any plants or animal/bird nests and eggs;

  • and generally not to disturb any components of the natural landscape (not even the rocks).

Thank you for being stewards of the Race Track Nature Preserve.


October 24, 2016 planting with the DEC at the Southern end of Tuxedo Lake: volunteers in their best “tree” pose.

© Martin Pomp, winner, Nature Photo of the Month.

Trees are vital to Tuxedo Park

Trees keep our drinking water clean.

Trees sustain our clean air.

Trees contribute to the rustic character of our landscape.

Trees nurture a wildlife habitat rich in biodiversity.

Trees provide the underpinning of our historical provenance.

Trees are an invaluable environmental and economic asset.


Each resident is a guardian of this resource for the benefit of current and future generations.