Much of the beauty of Marshlands lies in the shift of the seasons, as reflected in the ever-changing flora and fauna of the forest, meadow, and shore. Come visit us any day of the year; our trails are always open during daylight hours.
The highlight of the visitor’s center is an aquarium exhibit, which holds three brackish (mixed salt and fresh water) tanks teeming with life representative of that under the waves of Milton Harbor and Long Island Sound (ranging in size from almost-microscopic bryozoans, hydroids, and algae to multiple species of fish, crabs, snails, barnacles, shrimp, and more).
For bird watchers both casual and experienced, a large picture window on the south side of the building is the perfect spot to get a close-up view of the birds stopping by to feed on sunflower and thistle feeders hung just outside the building.
The visitor’s center also houses periodically changing exhibits on a variety of locally-relevant topics including plants, animals, minerals, and the history of the land. Twice a year Marshlands hosts art and photography shows; visit our Programs page for more information.
Several picnic tables and stumps are available for use adjacent to the visitor’s center, and we ask that you do not bring food on the trails. Picnicking is not permitted in the meadow or at the shore.

Marshlands Conservancy’s visitor’s center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. The center may be closed some Fridays for field research; please call in advance for information. Admission and parking are free. Handicapped-accessible restrooms are available inside.

Trails are open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.

Three miles of trails criss-cross the Conservancy, through several forest types and an old meadow, leading out towards salt marshes and natural islands with views of Milton Harbor and Long Island Sound beyond. (Read more about these unique ecosystems at our Habitats page)

Trails are unpaved and unmarked but easy to follow, and range from very easy to moderate difficulty, with few hills. Most trails are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, but may be difficult during muddy or snowy seasons; please call ahead for information on trail conditions. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers are welcome when the weather permits. For the protection of the wildlife, bicycles and motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited on the trails. Dogs are not permitted at the Conservancy.

A topographic map table in the visitor’s center can help guide you on your hike, or take a look at our Trail Map here.


Please remember that Marshlands is a sanctuary dedicated to providing habitat for wildlife and providing an understanding and appreciation of nature for visitors. We ask that you please stay on the trails and enjoy your visit quietly for the benefit of the wildlife and the human visitors.

We do not allow: pets, bicycles or motor vehicles on the trails, fires, fishing or hunting, swimming, ball playing, radios, towels/beach blankets or chairs, and food or drinks beyond the building area. All plants, animals, and minerals (including sea shells) are protected by law and should not be disturbed or removed.

We invite you to: walk, snowshoe, cross-country ski, birdwatch, botanize, photograph, sketch, study, meditate, discover, and escape.
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Marshlands Conservancy is located at 220 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580, and is accessible by major highways from all directions.

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