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Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

1610 Welch Road

Beaver Meadow is a 324-acre nature preserve in North Java, NY. The preserve features its namesake beaver meadow with its associated ponds, glacial kettle ponds, wetlands with a boardwalk trail, wooded uplands, meadows, a hawk watch, an arboretum, and eight miles of marked and groomed trails.

The first parts of the current preserve were acquired in 1951. Our holdings steadily grew over the years as other parcels were sold or bequeathed to the Society. By the 1960's the Preserve was being used as an outdoor education site. During the 1970s, the first facilities were constructed, tucked away in a corner of the Preserve.

Beaver Meadow is now home to our 8,000 square foot nature center. The center is the base for many of our programs [hyperlink to program page], whether they are a formal 'Audubon Day' for a school group or an informal nature walk.

Other structures include our Sugar Shanty where we boil sap collected on the property and demonstrate methods used to make maple syrup. The Buffalo Astronomical Association has built an observatory on the property and regularly runs astronomical programs. A three room 'Beaver Lodges' cabin on the property can be used for overnight stays for groups of up to 10 people. The smaller and more rustic Refuge cabin can accommodate 4 people for an overnight stay.

The upkeep and maintenance of the preserve and its buildings relies upon a dedicated corps of volunteers. Wednesdays are volunteer days - anyone is welcome to join us for coffee and a donut and to help with a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks.

Day camp, nature hikes, classes for boy scouts and girl scouts of all ages occur at Beaver Meadow. Special events and festivals, including our Maple Harvest Festival, Homestead Festival and the Enchanted Forest occur at Beaver Meadow.

Beaver Meadow is home to a great diversity of birds, reptiles, mammals, plants and organisms of many types that live in our diverse habitats. A plant list is available here. A recent study by students and faculty at the University at Buffalo is looking at the hydrology of our pond.


Elizabeth Delude

Monday, July 16, 2018
This place is beautiful. The insect "hotel" is amazing. It's a beautiful meadow full of milkweed, so naturally there is are a lot of beautiful butterflies. My only complaint would be the abundance of deerflies but hey it's a nature park centered around swamp lands, so thats to be expected. Fairy lane is adorable, my 3 year old loved it. I only spent a couple hours here, because it was a hot humid day, but we could have easily stayed for more. Definitely recommend!

Tony Stefani

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
We always enjoy coming to this place. The trails are well maintained and the wildlife is abundant. It's usually pretty quiet and rarely do we run into others while hiking the many trails. Well done

Carol Weist

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Wonderful place to bring the family. There are trails around a beaver pond. Some of the trails have signs identifying plants. Also have handicap trails. There is a main building with bathrooms, gift shop, discovery rooms and great viewing area to see birds. Friendly staff. Have lots of activities.

Tom Oconnor

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Awesome shoe shoeing spot for the whole family. Even at 15° we had a great walk through the arboretum and followed a free map of the hiking trails to complete a loop. Carrying us through woods and Meadows, up hills and down into hollows, the trails where clearly marked and easy to follow. The trail markers and signs made us feel secure as we enjoyed birds deer and rabbits and nature unspoiled. Easy ride down Rt 77 to Java NY. A must for family outdoor activities. Friendly maintenance staff pointed us in the right direction. Going back again as soon as we can.

Richard Malik

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Amazing place to take the wondering minds of children. Its a relaxing time for the adults as well.

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