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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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Feed the Trees (& Birds)!

Feed the Birds, the local source for everything related to wild-birds, as well as unique, American-made gift items, is supporting the Arboretum through the sale of reusable shopping bags emblazoned with our logo and the words “We Support the Croton Arboretum.” Feed the Birds is selling the bags for $6.00 each and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Arboretum.

The bags are made of Non-Woven Polypropylene (NWPP), a fabric that is recyclable, non-toxic, non-allergenic, and machine washable. They can be purchased at Feed the Birds, 326 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“One of the reasons we opened Feed the Birds in Croton was the area’s strong interest in nature-related activities,” said store owner Rob Armanini. “Being the local nature shop, one of the obvious things for us to do was join the Arboretum. We quickly realized they are funded entirely by donations, and the importance of those donations became even more evident when several storms caused some significant damage last fall. We wanted to help, in an on-going capacity and we’re proud to be supporting Croton's very own natural treasure."

New Trail Map

Check out our new full-color trail map, which you can download and print from here. In the near future we're going to use the map on outdoor trail signs at the Arboretum.


Thank You!

Thanks to the generosity and hard work of six local homeowners, the board and residents of the Ossining Campwoods Grounds, our tireless tour organizers, docents and other volunteers, the Croton Arboretum’s 16th Annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale was a big success. We raised $3,300 in much-need funds to maintain the 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum. Thanks also to everyone who bought tickets to see the beautiful gardens. We hope to see you again next year.


Garden Tour & Plant Sale

The Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum’s 16th annual garden tour and plant sale will be held on Sunday, July 15 from 12:30 PM to 5 p.m. This ever-popular summer event will offer participants a private, self-guided tour of seven beautiful gardens in the Croton-Ossining area. The tour coordinators, Laura Seitz and Gill Mader, have selected a variety of landscape settings created by local residents who have generously offered to open their private gardens to the public.

Tickets are $20 each (or $35 for two, if purchased in advance). The tour is limited to 200 participants, so order your tickets today by calling Carol Shanesy, 271-7645, or Laura Seitz, 271-3265.

Tour maps and any remaining tickets will be available on Sunday, July 15, from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 6 Old Post Road North, Croton-on-Hudson. Refreshments will be provided during the tour.

All tour profits benefit the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. 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.

Arboretum Reopens!

The Arboretum has officially reopened, after being closed for seven months due to unsafe conditions created by last October's unusual Halloween snowstorm.

"We're so pleased to finally reopen," said Arboretum President Karen Jescavage-Bernard. "It took a long time because all the arborists in the area have been swamped since the storm. Also, you can't get heavy equipment into the trail area so all the work had to be done by climbing damaged trees—a slow and potentially dangerous process. We hired a forestry consultant to inspect more than 118 trees and then arranged for 90 trees to be removed or pruned."

"Now that we've dealt with the devastation the storm did to our trees," said Bernard, "we need to deal with the devastation it did to our finances. We've spent more than $14,000 to date—using funds that would otherwise have gone to improving our boardwalk and trails, much-needed planting projects and educational programs. We appeal to everyone who loves the Arboretum to make a donation and help us recover financially."