Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is a unique 161-acre preserve located within both the village and town of Saugerties along a dramatic bend in the Esopus Creek. The not-for-profit Esopus Creek Conservancy serves as stewards of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve.
Known to locals as part of the old Schroeder Farm, Esopus Bend has not been used for agriculture in forty years and has reverted to a natural ecosystem rife with an array of flora and fauna. Turkeys nest in the meadow in June. Baby fawn prints dot the sands along the forest flood plain. Toads grow up here, and the air flits with dragonflies and birds. Eagles stand on the river birches, watching for prey. Red foxes patrol the forest, and coyotes feed in the preserve in winter.
Their mission is:
- To preserve open space in its natural state for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations
- To protect water quality, plant and animal habitats
- To enrich the public’s understanding of the natural environment by offering educational programs in conjunction with schools and local groups
- To cooperate with other groups, agencies and individuals in the preservation of open space
- To seek public and private financial support to achieve our goals.
The Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is open to the public and is a wonderful place to spend time with your family or just to reflect on the beauty and wonders that surround us. The Preserve offers a number of events and activities as well as programs for kids, teacher resources, and a nature educator who conducts outdoor classes.
If you already have an appreciation for nature and the outdoors or want to learn more about it, then the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is a must stop place.