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We are most grateful to local artist Mae Shore for creating this beautiful limited-edition (150) woodblock print, “Native Meadows”, to benefit the Race Track Nature Preserve. Mae is presenting the framed print to any person who donates $500 to the Preserve. This donation for a public cause is tax deductible. More than a third of the prints have been claimed/reserved. For more details, please contact Mae at, or visit

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

+ Our first summer intern deployed at the Race Track Nature Preserve. Read more.

Felix Sanchez, son of Race Track Nature Preserve Founding Stewards Maria Nunes and Peter Hempel, has volunteered to be an unpaid intern for the month of July. His many assigned tasks include helping Tree Advisory Board member Christopher Gow to clear two walking paths leading to the planned new entrance to the Preserve that connects with the Fox Hill Trail, hand-pulling the highly invasive mile-a-minute, Japanese stiltgrass and garlic mustard at the embankment of the Preserve adjacent to East Lake Stable Road, and clearing the basin of rocks to prepare it for the eventual seasonal mowing. Felix will also develop a Google Drive document to house important data that have informed the work of the Tree Advisory Board (e.g., environmental and engineering studies of the Preserve, flora and fauna lists, etc.) and to maintain a historical record of our work (e.g., our meeting agendas and minutes, presentations to the BOT, etc.) Thank you, Felix!

If you missed the July 8, 2017 seminar, Managing Common Invasive Species in Home Gardens by master gardener Ann Barry, watch the video here.

Presented by Ann Barry, Master Gardener Armed with a little knowledge, there are ways to prevent invasive species from taking over a home garden or yard. This presentation will focus on mechanical ways and least toxic methods of managing and possibly eradicating a list of 12 common yet pesky invasive terrestrial plants.

June 2017 exciting developments at the Race Track Nature Preserve. Read more here.

Couldn’t join the May 27, 2017 Bird Walk at the Race Track Nature Preserve? Read about what you could have seen.

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

+ A community party in Tuxedo launches Mae Shore’s woodblock print. Read more.

On April 29, Mae Shore’s limited-edition print was launched to an enthusiastic gathering at the Cheymore Gallery, Tuxedo Square, Town of Tuxedo. The multi-media exhibition included photos of Mae at work, carved woodblocks showing the stages of color printing, a slide show of historical and contemporary images of the Race Track, antique relics found on site, and a map created by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates showing the different natural habitat zones of the basin.

+ A party in New York City launches Mae Shore’s benefit print. Read more.

On May 10 in New York City, Mae Shore’s print was launched with the same multi-media presentation at the Blumka Gallery, by the generous courtesy of Lois and Tony Blumka.

+ Tuxedo Park celebrates Arbor Day on April 29, 2017. Read more.

On April 29, the community celebrated 2017 Arbor Day. More than 80 residents and guests attended the Ceremony at the Race Track Nature Preserve. We unveiled the bronze plaques commemorating the extraordinary generosity of the Race Track Nature Preserve Founding Stewards – 29 residents/families who donated a significant sum to enable us to hire the renowned natural-area design firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates and to begin the first stages of restoration work at the Preserve. We presented the 2017 Arbor Day Award to John C. Yrizarry, who spent more than ten years observing flora and fauna at the Race Track. The data he gathered, his enthusiasm and his advocacy were instrumental in the Village Board of Trustees’ unanimous votes in August 2016 to allow the transformation of this 21-acre basin into a community nature preserve. A tulip tree will be planted in John’s honor at the northern end of the Race Track near the planned new entrance, along with 2 flowering dogwoods and six shade-loving gray dogwood bushes in other locations of the basin.

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.

+ Larry Weaner Landscape Associates presents the Race Track Nature Preserve transformation plan. 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.

+ 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.

© Gardiner Hempel, 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.