Fern Glen

Explore a two-acre display of native plant communities that features a meandering boardwalk, a pond, and an observation deck overlooking Wappinger Creek.

The Fern Glen is a place where nature, from the infinite to the infinitesimal, is available to all of the senses. Children in our Ecology Camp seek answers to nature's questions in its contained environment where, immersed in mud, they connect science concepts with real-world examples. Visitors stroll along its paths, delighted to watch a hummingbird sip nectar from a jewelweed or admire painted turtles sunning themselves on a log. Many use the site to hone botanical skills. With hand lenses, they identify spore patterns on ferns or compare diverse plant communities.

Interpretive materials explain invasive plants, the importance of dead wood, and how humans affect the watershed. Picnicking is allowed on the Fern Glen Deck; please carry out all trash.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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