Hope Goddard Iselin Preserve – 42 Acres

Location: Chicken Valley Road, Upper Brookville, NY
Parking: Available on site

A beautiful hardwood forest, a white pine plantation, which was planted in the 1930s, and a colorful meadow comprise these 42 acres. To make this preserve more accessible to the public, North Shore Land Alliance upgraded the entrance in 2018 by converting a barely visible driveway and dirt parking area into a larger, more attractive lot covered with bluestone gravel surrounded by a rustic split rail fence. Over 100 native plants, like wood fern and witch hazel, were added to the entrance and help reflect the natural beauty of Long Island’s countryside. Stroll down the interpretive trail and you’ll not only spot or hear a variety of bird species like the Eastern Towhee, you might notice a large, out-of-place boulder called a glacial erratic in the middle of the forest. it was transported hundreds of miles to its present location by a continental glacier which covered the land 25,000 years ago and formed Long Island!

To report concerns at this preserve, please contact the Land Alliance at 516-922-1028 or [email protected].

History of the Preserve

Hope Goddard Iselin Preserve contained two former fields farmed by the Youngs family. The preserve is dedicated to Mrs. Iseline, who was devoted to nature over her 100 years of life and was gifted to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the 1970s. In 2015, TNC donated the preserve to the Land Alliance.

What you’ll find there:

Spicebush Swallwtail butterfly,Red Fox,glacial erratic, mountain laurel, Black-capped Chickadee, red and sugar maple trees, native sunflower

Black-capped Chickadee

Trail Map (Download)

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