Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

125 Phelps Way
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Julia Jardine
Conservation Communicator
914-631-1470 ext. 107 (Phone)

Description of Organization:

Rockefeller State Park Preserve offers quiet countryside walks of all lengths through forested hills and valleys surrounding sunlit pastoral fields. Thirty miles north of New York City, the property is the former Pocantico Hills and Rockwood Hall country estates of John D. Rockefeller family and William Rockefeller. Since 1983, the Rockefeller Family has generously donated over 1425 acres to the State of New York to safeguard these lands for present and future generations. Managed by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Preserve is open to the public year-round, sunrise to sunset.

The trails of the Preserve are crushed stone carriage roads laid out by John D. Rockefeller Sr. and Jr. in the first half of the 20th century. Designed to complement the landscape, the 45 miles of scenic carriage roads are wide and easy to walk. Popular for walking, riding, jogging, and carriage driving, combinations of trails lead through varied landscapes and past natural and historical features, such as Swan Lake, the Pocantico River with its wood and stone bridges, gurgling streams, colonial stone walls and rock outcroppings. Trail maps of the carriage roads are available at the Preserve Office.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Volunteer opportunities led by the Natural Resource Specialist are offered at least twice a month at the Preserve.

Volunteer with the environmental stewardship team in order to help preserve the natural environment and wildlife habitats. Stewardship volunteer days often include digging or cutting invasive vines and/or shrubs, and/or planting and caring for native wildflowers, while learning about what you’re doing every step of the way. No experience is necessary. Registration for this event is required. Register on eventbrite or by calling the office. Meet at Rockefeller Preserve courtyard near the Preserve Office and Gallery.

Please visit for full details on our upcoming volunteer days.

Minimum Age to Volunteer:


Offer family volunteer opportunities?