Westmoreland Sanctuary was founded in 1957 as a not-for-profit nature center and wildlife preserve with the mission to preserve lands in Bedford, NY and to engage in environmental education and conservation programs.
The Sanctuary currently maintains 640 unspoiled acres offering 7.5 miles of hiking trails that lead approximately 5,000 visitors annually past rocky cliffs, streams, ponds and fields. A reconstructed 200 year-old building, once a local church, now serves as the Sanctuary’s Nature Center and Museum, containing exhibits of local flora and fauna, live animals, a bird observation window and an auditorium for public programs. Central to our mission are the environmental educational programs we provide to over 12,000 students of all ages every year. Through these facilities and programs Westmoreland encourages a deeper understanding and engagement with nature and our environment.