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Who We Are
The Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides environmental stewardship for 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Arboretum in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
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Two long-time Arboretum supporters—Treasurer Carol Shanesy and Garden Tour organizer (and former board member) Laura Seitz—have been inducted into the Westchester County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed their energies and talents as professionals and volunteers to make significant and enduring contributions to enhance the quality of life countywide or in their home communities.

"Our honorees are extraordinary,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Individually and as a group, they strengthen our communities and are true role models for us all.”

We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations to Carol and Laura!


Viola Davis (1922 - 2012)

We note with great sadness the passing of long-time friend and Arboretum supporter Viola Davis. While development of the Arboretum was still limited to a few hiking trails, Viola was among the first to see its potential for Croton’s schools. Because of her focus on science education, she worked tirelessly to interest and involve school administrators and teachers in developing programs that would incorporate the Arboretum’s abundant resources for real time science and environmental research.

Given her impressive teaching career—Viola was recognized as a National Teacher of the Yearwe were honored when she accepted an invitation to join our Board of Directors. She was a dynamic and inspirational member until health reasons forced her resignation. We continue to miss her guidance and advocacy greatly.

Our directors and members want to extend our sympathy to Viola’s family, and particularly to her grandsons, of whom she was passionately fond. The family has asked that donations in her memory be sent to the Arboretum, where we plan to plant trees as a living memorial.

All contributions should be sent to: Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary Inc., PO Box 631, Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520. 


We're open!

Thanks to Croton's DPW the tree blocking the entrance road was removed ahead of schedule so we're open as usual.


Arboretum Update

The Arboretum is officially open, but the entrance road remains blocked by a fallen tree so visitors will need to walk in until the village is able to clear the road. Because of the post-Sandy clean-up work in the area, it may be as long as two weeks before the village can do this.

We lost a handful of trees during Sandy and the subsequent snowstorm, but the damage was surprisingly light. Our theory is that the massive damage the Arboretum suffered last year (and the tree work we did this year) cleared out the weak trees and branches. Whatever the reason, we were lucky.

We still urgently need funds to replace more than $15,000 that would otherwise have gone to improving our boardwalk and trails, much-needed planting projects and educational programs. During this season of giving we appeal to everyone who loves the Arboretum to make a donation and help us recover financially.

If you can contribute, please make checks payable to The Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. and mail them to The Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc., P.O. Box 631, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.


Arboretum closed

The Arboretum is closed due to the hurricane. The entrance is blocked and we have not been able to get in to survey the damage. We plan to do so this weekend. For your own safety, please do not walk in.