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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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Help support the mission of the Croton Arboretum by becoming a member. We need your support!

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Photo Walks with Renowned Photographer Rick Sammon

Local resident and internationally renowned photo instructor Rick Sammon will lead guided photo walks at the Arboretum on October 14 and October 15. The events will help raise funds to complete work on our handicap-accessible boardwalk.

Nature lovers and photo enthusiasts are invited to join Rick on a guided photo walk on Saturday, October 14 at 9 a.m. or Sunday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. During each 1-hour session, Rick will share his tips for finding interesting subjects and capturing high-quality images. Photo instruction will focus on three natural elements found in the Arboretum: leaves, roots, and rocks. All levels of photographers, from serious amateurs to smart phone shooters, will benefit from this small group educational experience. In addition to on-site instruction, participants will get a link to Rick’s online class, “Master the Art and Craft of Landscape Photography.”

Classes are limited to 12 participants per group. Cost for each guided walk, which includes access to the online class, is $25 per person. Advance registration is required.

Click here for the registration form.

Questions? Call us at 914-487-3830.


Croton Arboretum Beer Tasting

Join us for a beer tasting and meet Justin Sturges, Experimental Brewer at the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. Sample three different beers (all graciously donated by Captain Lawrence), learn about the beer brewing process from an expert and take home a free tasting glass. The event will take place on Saturday, October 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a lovely private home in Croton. Appetizers will be served. The cost is $20 per person and all proceeds benefit the Croton Arboretum. Space is limited. To purchase tickets call 914-487-3830.

Daniel Shure (1959-2017)

We mourn the passing of our friend and fellow board member Daniel Shure, who passed away recently at the age of 58. Dan was a long-time and well-loved Croton resident, known for his affable personality, wit, and good humor.

He graduated from Utica College and worked for many years at the City University of New York, most recently as Manager of Creative and Web Services. Earlier in his career he worked in public relations at Lehman College, Yeshiva University and Hunter College.

He was a Board Member of the Croton Arboretum and of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and an active supporter of the Croton Community Garden, the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry as well as other civic organizations. Dan enjoyed biking, camping, photography and walking his beloved dog, RJ.

Born in Newark, New Jersey to the late Augusta and Jack Shure, he is survived by his sister, Abigail Shure of Belleville, New Jersey and numerous cousins and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dan’s memory may be made to: Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Inc., 15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.


Garden Tour Raises More Than $4,500

Thanks to the generosity of homeowners who opened their beautiful gardens, the support of local businesses (listed below), and the hard work of many volunteers, our 21st Annual Garden Tour raised more than $4,500 in much-needed funds.

The tour is a major fund-raising event for our all-volunteer, non-profit organization, which provides environmental stewardship for 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum in Croton. The money raised will support regular maintenance, educational programs and restoration projects. We hope you will visit the Arboretum this summer to enjoy our boardwalk and trails.

A special thanks to these local businesses for their financial support of the tour:


Tickets Are Still Available for the Garden Tour

Our 21st Annual Garden Tour is this Sunday, July 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 


  • Call (914) 487-3830
  • We will reserve your tickets and you can pay the day of the tour.
  • Tickets are $20 each (or $35 for two, if you reserve them in advance).
  • Pay for tickets and pick up your tour map on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 6 Old Post Road North (at the corner of Grand Street), Croton-on-Hudson.

The tour takes place rain or shine. Refreshments are provided. All tour profits benefit the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc.